Saturday, July 15, 2017


In Music History

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2016In what they famously describe as a "conscious uncoupling," Chris Martin (of Coldplay) and Gwyneth Paltrow officially divorce after more than ten years of marriage.
2011To celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Adult Contemporary chart, which had various names over the years, including Easy Listening, Billboardpublishes its list of the top 100 Adult Contemporary songs of all time, with Savage Garden's "Truly Madly Deeply" at #1, followed by "Lead Me On" by Maxine Nightingale and "Drift Away" by Uncle Kracker.
200945 years after he played at the Ed Sullivan Theater with The BeatlesPaul McCartney returns to the venue to appear on The Late Show With David Letterman. Earlier in the day, McCartney plays a few songs from the theater's marquee, surprising the onlookers in Manhattan.
2009According to Billboard, since Michael Jackson's death which occurred on June 25, 2009, American consumers have purchased more than 2.3 million of his albums.
2007Prince gives away free copies of his latest album Planet Earthwith the UK newspaper Mail On Sunday. The unconventional distribution rankles record retailers, but helps promote his run of 21 shows at the O2 Arena in London, which sell out.
2006Sum 41 front man Deryck Whibley ties the knot with Avril Lavigne in Montecito, California. The marriage will last just over three years.
2000Paul Young, frontman with Sad Café and lead singer on the Mike + the Mechanics hit "All I Need Is A Miracle," dies of a heart attack at age 53.
1999The Rolling Stones report income of $337 million in the last two years, a result of 147 concerts in front of nearly six million fans.
1996Nickelodeon premieres the teen sitcom Kenan & Kel, with the theme song "Aw, Here It Goes" from Coolio.
1991Bert Convy (of The Cheers) dies of a brain tumor at age 57. The actor and singer had gone on to become a popular game show host of Super Password and Win, Lose, or Draw.
1991Warrant lead singer Jani Lane marries Bobbie Brown, the girl from the "Cherry Pie" video. They divorce two years later.
1989200,000 people turn out for a free Pink Floyd concert in Venice, Italy. 
1989Atlantic Records executive Nesuhi Ertegun, who worked with The Drifters and Bobby Darin, dies following a cancer surgery at age 71.
1986The city of El Cerrito, California, declares this day to be John Fogerty Day in honor of one of their hometown heroes. 
1986Columbia Records, Johnny Cash's home for 28 years, drops the singer from its roster of artists.
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Bret Michaels Looks For His Rock Of Love

After getting favorable ratings for their unruly reality series Flavor of Love featuring hip-hop legend Flavor Flav, VH1 decides to cash in on a bygone era of rock n' roll with a similar spectacle called Rock of Love. For Rock of Love, VH1 recruits one the '80s biggest names in hair metal: Bret Michaels of Poison. The first season kicks off with 25 brazen young ladies gathering in front of Michaels' house for evaluation. Bret makes a predictable entrance on his motorcycle, and with the help of his bodyguard, Big John, settles on 20 women who will be permitted inside to compete for his affection.
In each episode, the girls engage in a challenge to capture Michaels' attention and help him determine who stays and who is eliminated. These frivolous "challenges" turn out to be irrelevant when compared to the mayhem in a house full of catty women who all have the same objective: Bret's devotion. With copious amounts of alcohol added to the mix, insults fly, hostilities rage between the often drunken rivals, and an atmosphere of aggression pervades the house. Michaels, however, seems unaffected by the heated confrontations and is simply enamored by the scantly clothed women dutifully offering a chance to please and thrill him. 

The show is ostensibly about finding a woman to love, but Michaels seems distracted by the pursuit of pleasure. He picks a winner when the season ends, but an honest relationship never develops between the two, and the door is opened for another season of Rock of Love.

Season 2 proves equally unsuccessful in finding Michaels a true love, but ratings are great, so a third season is scheduled, this time on the tour bus. Renamed Rock of Love Bus with Bret Michaels, it goes on the road, as contestants travel across America while attempting to win over the adventurous rock star.

The drunken debauchery continues on the tour bus and the ladies inevitably become vicious. The show begins with 23 women, and Michaels whittles down the group by eliminating those who can't handle life on the road or don't make a romantic connection with him. Finally, after enduring the challenges and earning Michaels' admiration, Tara Parker is crowned the winner and becomes his new companion.

The couple date briefly, but it doesn't last. Michaels cashes in by releasing a soundtrack, and VH1 launches spin-off shows (starring several former contestants), including I Love Money and Rock of Love: Charm School. Michaels goes on to star in a new VH1 reality show Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It and continues to perform around the world with Poison.

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