Feature Artist: Whitney Houston (Singles) 6pm ET

WHoustonWhitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music’s best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 million records sold worldwide. She released six studio albums, one holiday album and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. Houston’s crossover appeal on the popular music charts, as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for “How Will I Know”, influenced several African American women artists who follow in her footsteps.

Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits. She is the second artist behind Elton John and the only woman to have two number-one Billboard 200 Album awards (formerly “Top Pop Albums”) on the Billboard magazine year-end charts. Houston’s 1985 debut album Whitney Houston became the best-selling debut album by a woman in history. Rolling Stone named it the best album of 1986, and ranked it at number 254 on the magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Her second studio album Whitney (1987) became the first album by a woman to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California. The official coroner’s report showed that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors. News of her death coincided with the 2012 Grammy Awards and featured prominently in American and international media. – Wikipedia

Artist Countdown: Joss Stone Top 25 6p ET @JossStone

josstomeJocelyn Eve Stoker (born 11 April 1987), better known by her stage name Joss Stone, is an English soul singer-songwriter and actress. Stone rose to fame in late 2003 with her multi-platinum debut album, The Soul Sessions, which made the 2004 Mercury Prize shortlist. Her second album, the similarly multi-platinum Mind Body & Soul, topped the UK Albums Chart for one week and spawned the top ten hit “You Had Me”, Stone’s most successful single on the UK Singles Chart to date. Both the album and single received one nomination at the 2005 Grammy Awards, while Stone herself was nominated for Best New Artist, and in an annual BBC poll of music critics, Sound of 2004[2] was ranked fifth as a predicted breakthrough act of 2004. She became the youngest British female singer whose debut album topped the UK Albums Chart. Stone’s third album, Introducing Joss Stone, released in March 2007, achieved gold record status by the RIAA and yielded the second-ever highest debut for a British female solo artist on the Billboard 200, and became Stone’s first top five album in the United States and first non-top ten album in the United Kingdom.

Stone released her fourth album, Colour Me Free!, on 20 October 2009, which reached the Top 10 on Billboard. Stone released her fifth album, LP1, on 22 July 2011, which reached the Top 10 on Billboard. Throughout her career, Stone has sold 14 million albums worldwide, establishing herself as one of the best-selling artists of her time, best-selling soul artists of the 2000s and best-selling British artists of her time. Her first three albums have sold over 2,722,000 copies in the United States, while her first two albums have sold over 2,000,000 copies in United Kingdom. She has earned numerous awards and accolades, including two BRIT Awards and one Grammy Award out of five nominations. She also made her film acting debut in 2006 with the fantasy adventure film Eragon, and made her television debut portraying Anne of Cleves in the Showtime series The Tudors in 2009.  Stone was the youngest woman on the 2006 Sunday Times Rich List—an annual list of the UK’s wealthiest people—with £6 million. In 2012, her fortune is estimated to be £10 million, making her the fifth richest British musician under 30. The Soul Sessions Vol. 2, a sequel to her debut album, was released on 23 July 2012. This is her fourth consecutive album to reach the Top 10 on Billboard 200.  – Wikipedia

1 You Had Me
2 Tell Me ‘Bout It
3 Fell in Love with a Boy
4 Tell Me What We’re Gonna Do Now (featuring Common)
5 Right to Be Wrong
6 Don’t Cha Wanna Ride
7 Spoiled
8 Super Duper Love
9 Free Me
10 L-O-V-E
11 Baby Baby Baby
12 Take Good Care
13 Somehow
14 Karma
15 Don’t Start Lying To Me Now
16 While You’re Out Looking for Sugar
17 The High Road
18 Pillow Talk
19 Teardrops
20 The Love We Had (Stays on My Mind)
21 Family Affair (with John Legend, Van Hunt)
22 Cry Baby Cry (with Sean Paul, Santana)
23 I Put A Spell On You (with Jeff Beck)
24 The Best Thing About Me Is You (with Rocky Martin)
25 Cry Baby / Piece of My Heart (with Melissa Etheridge)

Artist Countdown: Green Day Top 40 6p ET @GreenDay

greendayGreen Day is an American punk rock band formed in 1987. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt, drummer Tré Cool and guitarist and backing vocalist Jason White, who became a full member after playing in the band as a session and touring guitarist for 13 years. Cool replaced former drummer John Kiffmeyer in 1990, prior to the recording of the band’s second studio album, Kerplunk (1992).

Green Day was originally part of the punk scene at the DIY 924 Gilman Street club in Berkeley, California. The band’s early releases were from the independent record label Lookout! Records. In 1994, its major label debut Dookie released through Reprise Records became a breakout success and eventually sold over 10 million copies in the U.S. Green Day was widely credited, alongside fellow California punk bands Sublime, Bad Religion, The Offspring and Rancid, with popularizing and reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the United States.

Green Day’s three follow-up albums, Insomniac (1995), Nimrod (1997), and Warning (2000) did not achieve the massive success of Dookie, though they were still successful, with Insomniac and Nimrod reaching double platinum and Warning reaching gold status. The band’s rock opera, American Idiot (2004), reignited the band’s popularity with a younger generation, selling five million copies in the United States. The band’s eighth studio album, 21st Century Breakdown, was released in 2009 which achieved the band’s best chart performance to date. In 2012, 21st Century Breakdown was followed up by a trilogy of albums called ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! released on September, November and December 2012 respectively.

They are one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time, having sold over 75 million albums worldwide. The group has won five Grammy Awards: Best Alternative Album for Dookie, Best Rock Album for American Idiot, Record of the Year for “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”, Best Rock Album for the second time for 21st Century Breakdown and Best Musical Show Album for American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording. In 2010, a stage adaptation of American Idiot debuted on Broadway. The musical was nominated for several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Scenic Design.  Source: Wikipeda

1 American Idiot
2 Know Your Enemy
3 Boulevard of Broken Dreams
4 The Saints Are Coming (w/ U2)
5 21 Guns
6 Wake Me Up When September Ends
7 Basket Case
8 When I Come Around
9 Holiday
10 Geek Stink Breath
11 Working Class Hero
12 Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
13 Jesus of Suburbia
14 Minority
15 Warning
16 Hitchin’ a Ride
17 Welcome to Paradise
18 The Simpsons Theme
19 Oh Love
20 Brain Stew/Jaded
21 Longview
22 Stuck with Me
23 The Forgotten
24 Waiting
25 J.A.R.
26 Last of the American Girls
27 East Jesus Nowhere
28 Let Yourself Go
29 Nice Guys Finish Last
30 She
31 Redundant
32 Walking Contradiction
33 X-Kid
34 When It’s Time
35 21st Century Breakdown
36 Kill the DJ
37 Poprocks & Coke
38 I Fought the Law
39 21 Guns (w/ Cast of American Idiot)
40 86

 

Artist Countdown: Carole King Top 30 6p ET @Carole_King

Carole KingCarole King (born February 9, 1942) is an American singer and songwriter. Her career began in the 1960s when King, along with her former husband Gerry Goffin, wrote more than two dozen chart hits for numerous artists, many of which have become standards, and she has continued writing for other artists since then. She had her first number 1 hit as a songwriter in 1960 at age 18, with “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”, which she wrote with Goffin. In 1997, she co-wrote “The Reason”, which was a hit for Celine Dion.

Her success as a performer in her own right did not come until the 1970s, when she would sing her own songs, accompanying herself on the piano, in a series of albums and concerts. After experiencing commercial disappointment with her debut album Writer, King scored her breakthrough with the album Tapestry which topped the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks in 1971 and remained on the charts for more than six years.

In 2000, Joel Whitburn, a Billboard Magazine pop music researcher, named her the most successful female songwriter of 1955–99 because she wrote or co-wrote 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2005 music historian Stuart Devoy found her the most successful female songwriter on the UK singles charts 1952–2005.

King has made 25 solo albums, the most successful being Tapestry, which held the record for most weeks at #1 by a female artist for more than 20 years until broken by Whitney Houston (for the soundtrack album The Bodyguard). Her most recent non-compilation album was Live at the Troubadour in 2010, a collaboration with James Taylor that reached number 4 on the charts in its first week and has sold over 600,000 copies.

She has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her songwriting. She is the recipient of the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the first woman to be so honored.  Source: Wikipedia

1 I Feel the Earth Move
2 It’s Too Late
3 Hard Rock Cafe
4 Sweet Seasons
5 Corazon
6 Jazzman
7 Smackwater Jack
8 So Far Away
9 It Might As Well Rain Until September
10 Been to Canaan
11 Only Love Is Real
12 One Fine Day
13 You Light Up My Life
14 Nightingale
15 Now and Forever
16 One to One
17 Believe in Humanity
18 City Streets
19 High Out of Time
20 Simple Things
21 Morning Sun
22 He’s a Bad Boy
23 Tapestry
24 Up On The Roof
25 Disco Tech
26 The Locomotion
27 Hey Girl
28 You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman
29 Goat Annie
30 You’ve Got A Friend

Feature Year: 1997 (Part 1 – 9a) (Part 2 – 9p) #1997 @RadioMax

1997Both segments of this program will feature the music of 1997.

January 1 – Townes Van Zandt dies
January 9 – David Bowie performs his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA with guests Frank Black, The Foo Fighters, Sonic Youth, Robert Smith of The Cure, Lou Reed, and Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, with the opening act Placebo. Proceeds from the concert went to the Save the Children fund.
January 10 – James Brown receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, USA.
January 19 – Madonna wins Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy, for her part in Evita, at the 54th annual Golden Globe Awards in the USA.
January 20 – Daft Punk’s debut album Homework is released.
January 28 – The Virginia Senate votes to retire “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny” as the official state song, and begins looking for a replacement.
February 2 – Rich Mullins’ musical The Canticle of the Plains receives its première in Wichita, Kansas.
February 10 – Blur release their self-titled album, with a shift in sound from Britpop to a more lo-fi sound, to a critical and commercial success.
February 12 – David Bowie receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, USA.
February 13 – Michael Jackson’s first son Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. is born. The Spice Girls knock Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart” off the top spot in the US singles chart. They are the first female British group to have a US number one with their debut single.
February 20 – Ben and Jerry’s introduce “Phish Food”, a new flavor of ice cream named after the rock group Phish. The ingredients are chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish-shaped fudge.
February 24 – The Spice Girls win Best Video for “Say You’ll Be There” and Best Single for “Wannabe” at the BRIT Awards. Geri Halliwell’s Union Jack dress from the girls’ live performance hogs the headlines the next day.
February 28 – Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight is sentenced to nine years in prison for violating his probation. He would be released in August 2001. Pianist David Helfgott performs at the Boston Symphony Hall, in Boston, USA, during his world tour. The Boston Globe describes his performance as “without phrasing, form, harmonic understanding, differentiation of style and often basic accuracy; worst of all, it was without emotional content.”
March 1 – The jam band Phish records “Slip Stitch and Pass” live at Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany.
March 3 – U2 release the opinion-dividing Pop album. Along with the Oasis album Be Here Now, it becomes a major release that fails to sell to industry expectations, particularly in the US, despite many strong initial reviews.
March 9 – The Notorious B.I.G. is shot dead while sitting in the passenger seat of a car after a Soul Train Awards party in the USA. The Spice Girls become the first act in the history of the UK Top 40 singles charts to have four consecutive number one hits with Mama/Who Do You Think You Are. Profits from the single go to Comic Relief and provide the biggest individual contribution of 1997.
March 10 – A Marilyn Manson concert in Columbia, South Carolina is canceled in response to pressure from religious and civic groups.
March 11 – Paul McCartney is knighted by Elizabeth II.
March 17 – Whirlwind Heat play their first show.
March 18 – Aerosmith releases Nine Lives, their 12th studio album.
March 19 – March 20 – The reunited Monkees perform two sold-out concerts at Wembley Arena in London, UK.
March 30 – The Spice Girls launch Britain’s new television channel, Channel 5.
April 2 – Joni Mitchell is reunited with her daughter, Kilauren Gibb, whom she gave up for adoption 32 years earlier.
April 7 – Wynton Marsalis became the first jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
April 10 – Nigel Kennedy, now calling himself simply Kennedy, returns to the stage at the Royal Festival Hall after a five-year absence from the concert stage resulting from neck surgery.[5]
April 14 – Depeche Mode come back with their 9th album Ultra
April 15 – Hanson releases MMMBop, one of the most successful debut singles of all time, reaching number one in 27 countries.
April 25 – April 27 – The first Terrastock festival is held in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
May 1 – 5ive’s musical career begins after auditions are held in London, UK to find potential band members, with over 3,000 hopefuls showing up to audition. The Spice Girls attend the Cannes Film Festival to announce their plans to hit the big screen with Spiceworld: The Movie. A photo call on top of the Hotel Martinez entrance brings the area to a standstill.
May 3 – At the 42nd Eurovision Song Contest, held in Dublin’s Point Theatre, the UK win with “Love Shine a Light”, sung by Katrina and the Waves. The Notorious B.I.G. single Hypnotize is #1 for three weeks.
May 6 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held in Cleveland at the site of the hall itself for the first time. Prior to this year, the ceremony had only been held in New York City.
May 11 – The Spice Girls perform their first British live gig for the Prince’s Trust 21st anniversary concert at the Manchester Opera House They break royal protocol by kissing The Prince of Wales on the cheeks and even pinching his bottom.
May 15 – The Spice Girls’ album Spice reaches number one on the US charts, making them the first British act to top the charts with a debut album. May 20 – Foo Fighters release their album The Colour and the Shape. Michael Jackson releases Blood on the Dance Floor: History in the Mix which became the best seller remix album with 15 million copies sold.
May 23 – Brainiac frontman Tim Taylor is killed in a car crash driving to his Dayton, Ohio home. He was 29. The band soon announces they will not continue.
May 24 – The first proper Ozzfest tour kicks off at the Nissan Pavilion in Washington, D.C, featuring Pantera and a reconstituted Black Sabbath with three of the four original members.
June 14 – Puff Daddy and The Family’s “I’ll Be Missing You” single is #1 on the Hot 100 charts for the next eleven weeks, only to be replaced by The Notorious B.I.G. posthumous single “Mo Money Mo Problems”, also featuring Puff Daddy.
June 16 – Radiohead release OK Computer to huge critical acclaim.
June 17 – Blink-182 release their second studio album Dude Ranch (album) which gains small mainstream success. This is the last album that drummer Scott Raynor contributes to. He is replaced by Travis Barker in 1998.
June 24 – Disney-owned Hollywood Records drops Insane Clown Posse from their roster and pulls the album The Great Milenko after only six hours of release, in an attempt to placate the Southern Baptist Church who were threatening to boycott the company for straying from its family-friendly image. The controversy generates tremendous publicity for the band, who soon sign with Island Records.
June 29 – Missy Elliott releases single “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” from her debut album Supa Dupa Fly.
July 5 – The first Lillith Fair tour kicks off at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. Sarah McLachlan, Tracy Chapman anir last show with Johnny Colt and Marc Ford.
August 4 – Nigerian afrobeat pioneer and dissident pop star Fela Anikulapo-Kuti dies in Lagos, Nigeria, of HIV-related illness.
August 7 – Garth Brooks performs to an estimated 800,000 to one million people during a free concert given in Central Park, New York City.
August 16 – August 17 – Phish perform at the two day music festival, The Great Went, at Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine, USA. They play 500 minutes of music, six sets and two encores. There was an estimated attendance of between 65,000–70,000 and it was the top grossing concert of the season making over $4,000,000 in box office receipts.
August 19 – The reunited Fleetwood Mac release The Dance and begin a concert tour in the United States.
August 21 – Oasis’ third album, Be Here Now, is released. It becomes the fastest selling music album of all time, moving 695,761 copies in the first week in the UK.
August 30 – “Mo Money Mo Problems” reaches #1 on the Hot 100 singles chart, making Notorious B.I.G. the first artist to achieve two posthumous #1 singles.
September 6 – Elton John performs “Candle in the Wind” at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales; John Tavener’s Song for Athene is performed at the same ceremony, with soprano Lynne Dawson singing the solo part.
September 16 -Aaliyah released “Hot Like Fire”/”The One I Gave My Heart To” single
September 17 – The KLF return for 23 minutes with their performance of “Fuck the Millennium”.
September 19 – While on his way to a benefit concert in Kansas, USA, Rich Mullins loses control of his Jeep, flipping the automobile and throwing both Mullins and passenger Mitch McVicker out onto the road. A tractor-trailer approaching the scene swerves to miss McVicker, striking and killing Mullins instantly. McVicker survives, but suffers major injuries.
September 23 – Björk releases Homogenic, moving towards a darker sound and away from her ‘pixie’ image. U2 perform a concert in Sarajevo during their PopMart Tour.
September 27 – Bob Dylan performs for Pope John Paul II at a Catholic youth event in Bologna, Italy.
September 29 – The Rolling Stones release Bridges to Babylon. The Verve release Urban Hymns. Ironically, in a controversial legal dispute, the majority of their royalties and songwriting credit for their single “Bittersweet Symphony” go to The Rolling Stones.
October 7 – Everclear release their multi-platinum third album So Much for the Afterglow, containing “Father of Mine” and “I Will Buy You a New Life”.
October 13 – The “Prince Igor” single, jointly performed by The Rhapsody, Warren G and Sissel Kyrkjebø is released.
October 15 – Michael Jackson ends the History World Tour,which included an attendance record of 4,500,000 fans.
October 23 – R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry announces his departure from the group.
November 3 – The Spice Girls release Spiceworld, their second number one album, making the group the first British band since The Beatles to have two albums in the US chart at the same time. Spice and Spiceworld have amassed enough sales for one out of every two people in Britain to own a Spice Girls album.
November 4 – Shania Twain releases her album Come on Over which goes on to sell over 34 million copies worldwide[8] and later became the biggest selling album in country music history and the biggest selling album by a female music artist.
November 6 – The Spice Girls make the decision to take over the running of the group and drop Simon Fuller as their manager.
November 18 – American Indie Rock band Modest Mouse release their second full-length album, The Lonesome Crowded West.
November 19 – Gary Glitter is arrested after images of child pornography are found on a laptop computer that he had taken in for repairs.
November 22 – INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence is found dead of hanging in a Sydney, Australia hotel room. He was 37.
November 26 – In a performance billed as the “highest” gig on Earth, Spiritualized play in the deck of the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada for an audience of 150 people.
December 4 and 5 – Black Sabbath perform a pair of reunion shows in their hometown of Birmingham, England. They are the first full-length concerts by the original lineup of the band since 1978.
December 26 – The Spice Girls release their big screen debut Spiceworld: The Movie, starring Richard E. Grant, Roger Moore, Elton John and Stephen Fry. The movie makes £6.8m in its first week of release.
December 31 – The Home of Country Music, the Opryland USA theme park, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA closes and is subsequently demolished.

Also in 1997
Mikael Åkerfeldt & Peter Lindgren Fires Johan De Farfalla from Opeth. Then, Anders Nordin Quits The Band. To Replace the Ex-Members, Mike & Pete Hire Martin Lopez & Martin Mendez.
The companies Memorex, Maxell, and TDK introduce blank recordable CDs.
The first John Lennon Songwriting Contest is held.
Rob Gommerman leaves Finger Eleven due to extensive touring.
Derrick Green replaces Max Cavalera in Sepultura.
Glenn Ljungström & Johan Larsson leaves In Flames.
Big Audio Dynamite’s final album Entering a New Ride, which features Ranking Roger from The Beat, gets rejected for release by their record label, so was released independently as one of the first ever well known musical downloads, for free on their website.

Source: Wikipedia

Artist Countdown: Daughtry Top 25 6p ET @CHRIS_Daughtry

DaughtryDaughtry is an American rock band formed and fronted by Chris Daughtry, who was a finalist on the fifth season of American Idol. Their self-titled debut album was released in November 2006. The album reached number one on the Billboard 200, went on to sell more than four million copies in the United States, and has been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA. Daughtry was also named the best selling album of 2007 by Billboard, becoming the fastest-selling debut rock album in Soundscan history. The album produced four top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including top five hits “It’s Not Over” and “Home”. The band’s second album, Leave This Town, was released in July 2009. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming Daughtry’s second number one album in the United States. To date, Leave This Town has sold over 1.3 million copies in the United States and has been certified platinum by the RIAA. The album’s lead single, “No Surprise,” became the band’s fifth top 20 hit on the Hot 100. Their third studio album, Break the Spell was released in November 2011. It debuted inside the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart and has been certified Gold by the RIAA. To date, Daughtry has sold over 7.4 million albums and over 22.6 million digital tracks in the United States, and 20.8 million albums and 53.8 million digital downloads worldwide.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 It’s Not Over
2 No Surprise
3 Home
4 What About Now
5 Over You
6 Feels Like Tonight
7 September
8 Life After You
9 Crawling Back to You
10 Waiting for Superman
11 What I Want (featuring Slash)
12 Outta My Head
13 Crashed
14 Start of Something Good
15 Photograph (with Santana)
16 The Past (with Sevendust)
17 Battleships
18 Drown In You
19 Renegade
20 You Don’t Belong
21 Wild Heart (feat. Eminem)
22 Wanted Dead or Alive
23 By the Way (with Theory Of A Deadman)
24 Never Die
25 Waitin’ for the Bus / Jesus Just Left Chicago

Feature Year: 1991 (Part 1 – 9am) (Part 2 – 9pm) ET @RadioMax

199115 January – A new all-star rendition of the John Lennon song “Give Peace a Chance” is released, featuring Yoko Ono, Lenny Kravitz, Peter Gabriel, Alannah Myles, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt and many more, billed as “The Peace Choir“. The single has been rushed to market in response to the imminent Gulf War.
16 January – The sixth annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held in New York. The event goes forward despite a tense atmosphere due to the President’s announcement of the Gulf War the same evening. The inductees are Ike & Tina Turner, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, LaVern Baker, The Byrds, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett and Howlin’ Wolf.
18 January – Three people are crushed to death during an AC/DC concert in Salt Lake City, Utah, when audience members rush the stage.
18–27 January – The massive nine-day festival Rock in Rio II is held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The headliners are Prince, INXS, Guns N’ Roses, New Kids on the Block, George Michael and Happy Mondays.
19 January – Janet Jackson with seventh single from Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, “Love Will Never Do (Without You)”, making her the only artist to have seven singles from the same album chart in the top five.
27 January – Whitney Houston sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl. The recording is then released and becomes a hit single.
31 January – DJ Magazine is founded.
27 February – James Brown is granted an early parole and released from jail, following his arrest after a high-speed car chase through two states in 1989. Pop Will Eat Itself documented the affair with their song, “Not Now James, We’re Busy”.
28 February – Hollywood’s Record Plant Studios recording studio closes down. Among the albums recorded at the Record Plant were The Eagles’ Hotel California, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life.
11 March – Janet Jackson signs a $30 million (US) contract with Virgin Records, making her the highest paid female recording artist ever.
16 March – Seven members of country music singer Reba McEntire’s band and her road manager are killed when their private plane crashes in California, near the U.S.-Mexico border. McEntire travels on a separate plane.
20 March – Michael Jackson signs a contract with Sony for 1 billion dollars. Eric Clapton’s four-year-old son, Conor, dies after falling 49 stories from a New York City apartment window, which would inspire Clapton to write the hit single “Tears in Heaven”.
24 March – The Black Crowes are dropped as the opening act of ZZ Top’s tour for repeatedly insulting the tour’s sponsor, Miller Beer.
27 March – New Kids on the Block star Donnie Wahlberg is arrested in Louisville, Kentucky for allegedly setting his hotel room on fire.
28 March – George Harrison, Phil Collins and others attend funeral services for Eric Clapton’s late son, Conor.
28 April – Bonnie Raitt marries actor Michael O’Keefe in New York.
4 May – The Eurovision Song Contest 1991 is held in Rome, Italy and, after a highly controversial voting segment, Sweden’s Fångad av en stormvind by Carola is declared the winner.
7 May – In Macon, Georgia, a judge dismisses a wrongful death lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne. The suit was filed by a local couple that believed their son was inspired to attempt suicide by Osbourne’s music.
10 May – Truth or Dare, a documentary chronicling singer Madonna’s 1990 Blond Ambition Tour, is released to theatres.
24 May – Guns N’ Roses kick off their 26 months world Use Your Illusion Tour in Alpine Valley in East Troy.
25 May – The Billboard 200 album chart starts incorporating electronically monitored sales data provided by Nielsen SoundScan, thus beginning what chart aficionados tag as the “SoundScan era“.
28 May – The Smashing Pumpkins releases their debut album Gish, establishing the band as one of the most important of the alternative scene.
7 June – ABC revives the late-night rock performance series In Concert.
21 June – The Mérida State Symphony Orchestra is founded in Venezuela.
28 June – Paul McCartney’s classical composition, the Liverpool Oratorio, receives its première at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
July – Launch of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.
2 July – During the Use Your Illusion Tour, Axl Rose assaults a member of the audience watching the show on camera, after security fails to respond to the singer’s orders to confiscate the camera. After the attack, Rose angrily stomps off stage saying, “Thanks to the lame-ass security, I’m goin’ home!”[2]
13 July – Pianist Keith Jarrett records his Vienna Concert at the Vienna Staatsoper.
18 July – Perry Farrell launches the first Lollapalooza tour as a farewell for his just-dissolved band, Jane’s Addiction. Other acts appearing on the tour include Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nine Inch Nails, Rollins Band, Fishbone and Rage Against The Machine.
13 August – Metallica releases their most successful album, “Metallica” (also called “The Black Album”). Something of a departure from the thrash metal sound they helped pioneer, it becomes one of the best-selling albums of all time[3]
15 August – Paul Simon’s Concert in the Park takes place in Central Park. The free concert is broadcast live on HBO.
27 August – Pearl Jam releases their debut album, “Ten”. While initially slow to sell, it became No. 2 on the Billboard charts within a year and has since become certified thirteen times Platinum in the United States. Dr. Dre pleads no contest to charges that he beat up a woman at a West Hollywood nightclub. Dr. Dre is sentenced to 24 months probation.
17 September – Rock band Guns N’ Roses release their first full length follow up to their debut album Appetite for Destruction in the form of the double album Use Your Illusion I & Use Your Illusion II. Both go on to sell a combined excess of 1.3 million on their first week of sale in the USA alone.
24 September – Seattle-based band Nirvana releases their second album Nevermind, that in the beginning of 1992 replaces Michael Jackson’s album Dangerous at number one on the Billboard charts. Nevermind would then make the Grunge movement explode and become one of the most famous rock albums of all time. It is considered the emblem of the Generation X. Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the Red Hot Chili Peppers Album, was also released on this date.
3 November – A free tribute concert is held at Golden Gate Park in memory of concert promoter Bill Graham, killed in a helicopter crash three weeks earlier at the age of 60. Performers include Santana, Grateful Dead, Journey and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
7 November – Bryan Adams’s 16-week stay at the top of the UK Singles Chart is finally ended by U2 single “The Fly”, having already set a new record for the longest consecutive stay at the top of the UK Singles Chart. Izzy Stradlin quits Guns N’ Roses. Frank Zappa’s children, Dweezil and Moon, announce to an audience in New York that their father is unable to attend the tribute concert to his music because he is seriously ill with prostate cancer.
14 November – The new Michael Jackson music video “Black or White” premieres simultaneously in 27 different countries to an audience of 500 million people. Controversy is immediately generated by the video’s last four minutes in which Jackson smashes windows, vandalizes a car and causes a building to explode, as well as suggestively grabs his crotch repeatedly while dancing.
26 November – Michael Jackson releases his worldwide hit album Dangerous. The album goes on to sell over 10 million copies in the U.S. and more than 40 million worldwide, becoming one of the biggest albums of all-time, and the best selling album of the decade in the world.
30 November – Following on the steps of the Billboard 200, the Billboard Hot 100 also begins a new era by incorporating and merging electronically measured sales and airplay data from SoundScan and BDS respectively.
December – A Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert, featuring Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Stade, a jazz band led by Wynton Marsalis, and orchestra and chorus conducted by André Previn, is recorded for television.
1 December – George Harrison plays Yokohama, Japan. The brief Japanese tour with Eric Clapton marks his first set of formal concert performances since 1974.
4 December – The Judds give their final concert performance as a duo.
31 December – The twentieth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Boyz II Men, Simply Red, Vanessa L. Williams, Another Bad Creation, Restless Heart, Michael Bivins and Barry Manilow.

Also in 1991
Aerosmith signs a new deal with Sony Music worth an estimated $30 million.
The Rolling Stones sign a new contract with Virgin Records.
Country music legend Kenny Rogers starts his restaurant chain, “Kenny Rogers Roasters”.
Tupac Shakur’s solo career begins with his unsuccessful first album, 2Pacalypse Now. Six-year-old Qa’id Walker is shot dead by a stray bullet during a confrontation between Tupac’s entourage and a rival group.

Source: Wikipedia