2002Diana Ross enters a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Los Angeles.
1989Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) appears on a British TV show called Hypotheticals, where he addresses the fatwa issued against the author Salman Rushdie. Islam seems to support the fatwa - when asked if he would attend a protest where a Rushdie effigy is burned, he replies, "I would have hoped that it'd be the real thing."More
1909Benny Goodman is born in Chicago. At just 12 years old, he begins performing professionally as a clarinetist; by 14, he joins a musicians union. He records his first solo in 1926 and by 1934 he is the leader of a 12-piece big band.
2000Tex Beneke (blues singer and saxophonist of The Glenn MillerOrchestra) dies of respiratory failure at age 86.
1997Yanni becomes the first Western artist in modern times to perform at the Forbidden City in Beijing. Despite strict regulations (including a 40-decibel sound limit), the show is a success as the Chinese welcome the Greek musician.
1996John Kahn (bass guitarist for The Jerry Garcia Band) dies of a heart attack at age 48.
1993Jazz composer Sun Ra, a pioneer of free improvisation and modal jazz, dies of pneumonia at age 79.
1992Paul Simon marries Edie Brickell, a singer known for her song "What I Am," at a small ceremony in Montauk, Long Island. Simon, who was previously married to Carrie Fisher, is 26 years older than Brickell.
1987The Los Angeles Times reports that Michael Jackson has offered $50,000 for the bones of "The Elephant Man," John Merrick, who died in 1890. Said Jackson's manager: "Jackson has a high degree of respect for the memory of Merrick. He has read and studied all material about the Elephant Man, and has visited the hospital in London twice to view Merrick's remains."
1980Rock bassist Carl Radle (of Derek and the Dominos) dies of a drug-and-alcohol-related kidney infection at age 37.
1971Patrick Dalheimer (bassist for Live) is born in York, Pennsylvania.
Eminem Breaks Sales Record With The Marshall Mathers LP
Eminem's second major-label album, The Marshall Mathers LP, becomes the fastest-selling rap album ever when it sells 1.76 million copies in its debut week.
On his 1999 breakthrough The Slim Shady LP, Eminem introduces himself through his Slim Shady character - a darkly comic ne'er-do-well who says whatever is on his mind. His next album is titled after his real name and is more personal. For the first time, he has to deal with the fallout of fame, and he doesn't like it.
Having his life on public display gives him plenty of material for his machine gun mouth. In "Stan," he takes on the voice of a fan who goes off the rails worshiping him; in "The Way I Am," he shuns his celebrity: "I'm so sick of bein' admired that I wish I would just die or get fired."
Slim Shady also shows up, going berzerk on Christina Aguilera, Tom Green, and anyone else in his lyrical line of fire in "The Real Slim Shady." There's even a song named after his wife called "Kim," but it's not a love song: he raps about getting into an argument and killing her.
For every person offended, there are many more who connect with the album, or at least find it amusing enough to buy it. First week sales are staggering, and after a month over 6 million copies are sold in the US. It goes on to become the best-selling rap album of all time in America, provided you don't count two sales of each unit of OutKast's double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. His next album, The Eminem Show, does nearly as well.