On This Day In Music History

On this day in 1997, The Foo Fighters released their second album ‘The Colour And The Shape’. The album was a Grammy nominee for Best Rock Album in 1998.

Also in 1997, U2 caused major traffic chaos in Kansas City, Missouri after they paid for traffic control to close down five lanes so they could shoot the video for ‘Last Night On Earth’. Apart from standstill traffic, a crash occurred when a passing Cadillac collided into a plate glass window trying steer clear of a cameraman.

In 2007, Rihanna featuring Jay-Z started a 10 week run at number 1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Umbrella’. The song spent 10 consecutive weeks at number 1 in the UK making it the longest running number 1 single since Wet Wet Wet’s ‘Love Is All Around’. The duo also won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for the track.

In 2016, The BPI reported that due to the huge success of artists like Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, One Direction and Adele, British artists accounted for one in every six albums sold worldwide in 2015. Adele was the driving force, selling 17.4 million copies of her third album, 25, in just six weeks.

Born on this day in 1981, American singer and songwriter Rachel Platten. Best known for her 2015 single ‘Fight Song’ which became a world-wide hit.