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Artist Countdown: Duran Duran Top 40 Hits 6pm ET @duranduran

duranduranDuran Duran are an English New Wave band, formed in Birmingham in 1978. They were one of the most successful bands of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven “Second British Invasion” of the United States. Since the 1980s, they have placed 14 singles in the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and 21 in the Billboard Hot 100 and have, according to the Sunday Mercury, sold more than 100 million records.

While they were generally considered part of the New Romantic scene along with bands such as Spandau Ballet when they first emerged, they later shed this image. The band worked with fashion designers to build a sharp and elegant image that earned them the nickname “the prettiest boys in rock.” The band has won a number of awards throughout their career, including two Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards—receiving the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, an MTV Video Music Award—the Lifetime Achievement Award, and were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The band’s controversial videos, which included partial nudity and suggestions of sexuality, became popular in the early 1980s on the then-new music video channel MTV. Duran Duran were among the first bands to have their videos shot by professional directors with 35 mm film movie cameras, which gave their videos a much more polished look. In 1984, the band were early innovators with video technology in their live stadium shows.

The group was formed by Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Stephen Duffy, with the later addition of Roger Taylor and, after numerous personnel changes, Andy Taylor and Simon Le Bon. The group has never disbanded, but the line-up has changed to include guitarist Warren Cuccurullo from 1989 to 2001 and drummer Sterling Campbell from 1989 to 1991. The reunion of the original five members in the early 2000s created a stir among the band’s fans and music media. Andy Taylor left the band in mid-2006, and London guitarist Dom Brown has since been working with the band as a session player and touring member. – Wikipedia

1 The Wild Boys
2 I Don’t Want Your Love
3 The Reflex
4 A View to a Kill
5 Notorious
6 Ordinary World
7 Union of the Snake
8 Is There Something I Should Know?
9 Hungry Like the Wolf
10 All She Wants Is
11 Come Undone
12 (Reach Up for The) Sunrise
13 New Moon on Monday
14 Violence of Summer (Love’s Taking Over)
15 Meet El Presidente
16 Rio
17 Skin Trade
18 Girls on Film
19 What Happens Tomorrow
20 White Lines
21 Planet Earth
22 My Own Way
23 Save a Prayer
24 Burning the Ground
25 Do You Believe in Shame?
26 Too Much Information
27 Falling Down
28 Out of My Mind
29 Serious
30 Electric Barbarella
31 All You Need is Now
32 Careless Memories
33 Someone Else Not Me
34 Perfect Day
35 Lay Lady Lay
36 Drowning Man
37 Leave a Light On
38 Girl Panic!
39 Femme Fatale
40 Big Thing

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

 

Feature Year: 1987 (Part 1 – 9am, Part 2 – 9pm ET) @RadioMax

1987January 3 – Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The other inductees this year consist of The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, Clyde McPhatter, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson and Jackie Wilson.
January 5 – Elton John, after several months of voice problems, undergoes throat surgery in an Australian hospital. The outcome would hinder his voice permanently and he would soon start singing in a deep register.
January 16 – Beastie Boys become the first act to be censored by American Bandstand.
January 24 – Steve “Silk” Hurley‘s innovative “Jack Your Body” becomes the first house music record to top the UK singles chart.
February 6 – Sonny Bono announces his candidacy for mayor of Palm Springs, California.
February 14 – Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” reaches #1 in the USA. It would be 1987’s biggest hit song worldwide. Los Angeles radio station KMET signs off after nineteen years on the air. The station had been a pioneer of underground progressive rock programming.
February 15 – Video Hits premieres on Australian television.
February 26 – The first five Beatles albums, Please Please Me, With the Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night, Beatles for Sale and Help! are released on Compact disc. Capitol Records decides to release the original UK mixes of the Beatles albums, which means that the first four CDs are released in mono. This marks the first time that many of these mono mixes are available in the US.
March 9 – U2 releases The Joshua Tree, an album that launches them into superstar status in the music world. The album would sell over 14 million copies worldwide in 1987 alone and would win the Grammy for “Album of the Year” (at the 1988 ceremony). U2 have two #1 hit songs from this album on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts. Carole King is inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City. The career that would end in an infamous appearance at The Brit awards and the burning of a million pounds began in Britain, as The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu release their debut single, “All You Need Is Love”.
March 13 – Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the US, Bryan Adams’ “Heat of the Night” becomes the first single to be commercially released on cassette. Cassette singles become known as cassingles.
March 27 – Inspired by The Beatles’ 1969 rooftop concert, U2 shoots a music video for the song “Where the Streets Have No Name” on a rooftop in Los Angeles.
April 7 – Alice Cooper almost dies on stage when one of the props, the Gallows, malfunctions.
April 23 – Carole King sues the owner of her record company, Lou Adler, claiming that she is owed more than $400,000 in royalties. King also asks for rights to her old recordings.
May 9 – Ireland’s Johnny Logan wins the Eurovision Song Contest, held in Brussels, Belgium, with the song “Hold Me Now”, making him the first artist to win the contest twice. The song tops the charts in Ireland, and peaks at No. 2 in the UK.
June 14 – Madonna starts her Who’s That Girl Tour in Osaka, Japan.
June 27 – Whitney Houston’s second album Whitney becomes the first album by a female artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200.
July 4 – The first joint rock concert between the United States and the Soviet Union is held in Moscow to promote peace. The Doobie Brothers, James Taylor, Santana and Bonnie Raitt share the bill with Soviet rock group Autograph.
July 21 – American rock group Guns N’ Roses release Appetite for Destruction which, after initial slow sales will become the best selling debut album of all time with more than 18 million copies sold in the US alone to date
August 1 – Dave Stewart of Eurythmics and Siobhan Fahey of Bananarama are married in Normandy, France. MTV Europe is launched. The first video played is “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits.
August 3 – Def Leppard releases Hysteria, the longest rock album ever released as a single LP or cassette.
August 27 – The Jello Biafra criminal trial is dismissed after ending in a hung jury in Los Angeles court. Biafra and his manager had been charged with distributing harmful material to minors due to a poster included in the Dead Kennedys’ Frankenchrist album of a painting depicting rows of sexual organs.
August 31 – Michael Jackson releases Bad, the first studio album after Thriller, the best-selling album of all time. The album would produce five number one singles in the USA, a record which has not been broken.
September 3 – Fugazi plays their first live show (as a three-piece; Guy Picciotto had not joined the band yet) at the Wilson Center in Washington DC.
September 6 – Madonna ends her Who’s That Girl Tour in Florence, Italy.
September 7 – Pink Floyd release A Momentary Lapse of Reason, their first album after the departure of and legal battle with bassist, Roger Waters. The subsequent tour grossed around $135 million worldwide, a sum that was only equaled by the earnings of Michael Jackson and U2 combined.
September 11 – Reggae musician Peter Tosh is murdered during a robbery in his home.
September 12 – Michael Jackson starts the Bad World Tour, supporting his Bad album.
September 25 – Matthew Garrison Chapman is born, the first child of Amy Grant and Gary Chapman. Lead Me On, Amy’s 1988 album, is said to have been dedicated to Matt. CBS launches an American version of the long-running UK television show Top of the Pops. It lasts one year.
October 4 – electronic data gathering completely replaces the old sales diary technique in compiling the UK singles and albums chart. The publication day of new charts is moved from Tuesday to Sunday.
October 8 – Chuck Berry receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
October 19 – Mötley Crüe release the song “You’re All I Need” as a single. Its lyrics cause MTV to refuse to play its video. Radio stations never play the song either.
October 30 – George Michael releases his first solo studio album, Faith, which would win the Grammy Award for album of the year and sell 11 million copies in USA alone.
October 31 -The Zorros headline on the Halloween for the last ever show at the Crystal Ballroom, Melbourne’s premier Punk/ New Wave Venue. The Crystal Ballroom has seen almost ten years of intense musical evolution. The venue has chandeliers, stained glass windows, paisley wallpaper and a tiled foyer.
November 13 – Sonny and Cher reunite for a performance on Late Night with David Letterman.
November 18 – CBS Records is sold to the Sony Corporation in a deal worth about $2 billion. Company was renamed Sony Music Entainment in 1991.
November 24 – ABC airs Rolling Stone Magazine’s 20 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll television special, chronicling the music and the people of the past twenty years to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Rolling Stone magazine. The special includes new interviews as well as vintage performance footage of many rock legends such as Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Sex Pistols, Bruce Springsteen and many more.
December 16 – John Mellencamp performs two free shows in the small town of Chillicothe, Ohio after one-fifth of the population signed a petition asking him to play.
December 23 – Nikki Sixx of the rock band Mötley Crüe suffers a heroin overdose, but is revived shortly thereafter.
December 31 – The sixteenth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Los Lobos, Barry Manilow, Restless Heart and The Temptations.

Also in 1987
Kylie Minogue’s recording career begins, when her cover version of the Little Eva hit The Loco-Motion spends seven weeks at number one in her native Australia and leads to a contract with UK-based record producers Stock Aitken Waterman.
Lynyrd Skynyrd reform and now have Ronnie Van Zant’s little brother Johnny Van Zant as lead singer.
The Smiths disband after guitarist and songwriter Johnny Marr leaves the band.
Andreas Kisser replaces Jairo Guedes in Sepultura.
Prince cancels the The Black Album just before its release. It eventually becomes officially available in 1994.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Feature Year: 1984 (9am & 9pm ET)

1984January 11 – BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read announces on air that he will not play the single “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood because of its suggestive lyrics. The BBC places a total ban on the record at about the same time.
January 21 – “Relax” reaches number one in the UK singles chart, despite the BBC ban; it will spend a total of 42 weeks in the Top 40.
January 27 – Michael Jackson’s scalp is burned during the filming of a Pepsi commercial and he is admitted to hospital. Around this time, Jackson also releases the title track from his Thriller album as the LP’s final single.
February 14 – Elton John marries studio engineer Renate Blauel. Joe Perry and Brad Whitford attend an Aerosmith concert and re-join the band, which embarks on a reunion tour “Back In The Saddle” later in the year.
February 16 – Jerry Lee Lewis surrenders to federal authorities on charges of income tax evasion. Lewis is later acquitted.
February 28 – Recovering from the scalp burns sustained a month earlier, Michael Jackson wins eight Grammy Awards out of twelve nominations, breaking the record for the most Grammys won in a single year. He wins seven for the critically acclaimed album Thriller and the other for his work on the audiobook for the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
February 29 – German industrial band KMFDM is founded, and holds its first performance at the Grand Palais in Paris, France.
March 1 – Sting plays his last concerts with The Police at the end of the Synchronicity tour; the band takes a “pause” after the tour and only play a few special events together after this, until 2007, when they would organize a reunion tour.
March – Alice Cooper, who has not toured for his last two albums, parts ways with his longtime label Warner Bros. and goes on hiatus from the music industry. Cooper begins mulling over plans for a comeback, which he would carry out in 1986.
April – New York rock and roll magazine Trouser Press folds after a decade, publishing its 96th and final issue.
April 1 – In Los Angeles, Marvin Gaye is shot and killed during an argument with his father.
May 1 – Mick Fleetwood, of Fleetwood Mac, files for bankruptcy in the United States.
May 2 – Lionel Richie’s hit “Hello” becomes Motown’s first ever UK million-selling single.
May 5 – The Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde marries Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr. In Luxembourg, the Eurovision Song Contest 1984 is won by the Swedish entry, “Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley”, performed by the Herreys.
June 8 – Billy Joel performs at Wembley Arena; the concert is later broadcast on BBC Television in two parts.
June 16 – Frankie Goes to Hollywood begin a nine-week stay at the top of the UK singles chart with “Two Tribes”.
June 18 – At the climax of a Judas Priest concert at Madison Square Garden, fans begin ripping out the cushions from the seats and throwing them on stage. Judas Priest pay damages through insurance and are banned from Madison Square Garden for life over the incident.
June 25 – Prince releases his sixth album Purple Rain; the album sells over 20 million copies and gives Prince two US number one singles with “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy”.
July 1 – During his performance at the first ever Cornerstone Festival in Grayslake, Illinois, Steve Taylor jumps off the stage, breaking his ankle. Taylor hops back on stage and finishes his show. The next few shows on Taylor’s tour were performed from a wheel chair.
July 10 – The last original member of Menudo, Ricky Meléndez, leaves the group and is replaced by Ricky Martin. Meanwhile, Menudomania reaches Asia in 1984.
July 14 – Eddie Van Halen makes a special guest appearance at a concert by The Jacksons in Dallas, Texas, playing the guitar solo for “Beat It” live. Selena y los Dinos release their first album Mis Primeras Grabaciones.
August 9 – Iron Maiden kicks off the World Slavery Tour in Warsaw, Poland, with shows in Hungary and Yugoslavia soon to follow. This marks the first time a Western band has ever brought a full concert production behind the Iron Curtain.
August 10 – Red Hot Chili Peppers release their debut album The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
August 25 – Kathleen Battle makes her solo recital debut at the Salzburg Festival.
August 31 – Canadian music video channel MuchMusic begins broadcasting. The first video played is Rush’s “The Enemy Within”.
September 2 – Van Halen concludes its 1984 world tour with a show in Nuremberg, Germany as part of the Monsters of Rock festival tour. This would be the band’s last concert with David Lee Roth as lead singer until 2007.
September 7 – Janet Jackson elopes with fellow singer James DeBarge. The marriage would be annulled in 1985.
September 11 – Country singer Barbara Mandrell suffers serious injuries in a head-on automobile collision on a Tennessee highway. She will make a comeback after spending over a year rehabilitating.
September 14 – The first annual MTV Video Music Awards are held in New York City. Herbie Hancock wins the most awards with five, and The Cars take the highest prize of Video Of The Year for “You Might Think”. Much attention is garnered by Madonna’s controversial performance of her hit single “Like a Virgin” in which she rolls around on the stage, revealing lacy stockings and garters, and grinds her crotch against her veil.
September 21 – The first compact disc manufacturing plant in North America opens in Terre Haute, Indiana. CDs have previously had to be expensively imported from Japan or West Germany. Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. is designated as the first CD ever made in the United States.
October 1 – The Canadian music video series Video Hits premieres on CBC Television.
October 23 – A report on the Ethiopian famine by BBC journalist Michael Buerk is broadcast in the UK and receives an unprecedented public response. Among those watching is Bob Geldof, who is inspired to release a charity record to raise money to help with famine relief.
October 26 – Turner Broadcasting System launches Cable Music Channel, a music video channel intended to compete directly with MTV. The first video played is “I Love L.A.” by Randy Newman. The channel would only last 34 days.
November 20 – Michael Jackson receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame directly in front of Mann’s Chinese Theater. Jackson leaves after only three minutes at the request of security, as the crush of 5,000 onlookers becomes a safety concern.
November 25 – The Band Aid single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is recorded at SARM Studios in Notting Hill, London, by a gathering of performers that includes Paul Young, Simon Le Bon, Bono, Phil Collins, Paul Weller, Sting, Boy George and Tony Hadley.
November 28 – The Bring Me Sunshine charity concert at the London Palladium, in memory of Eric Morecambe, includes musical performances by Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen, Des O’Connor and Ernie Wise.
December – Tipper Gore forms the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) in response to the “filth” she hears on her daughter’s Prince album Purple Rain.
December 1 – Frankie Goes to Hollywood become the first act to take their first three singles to the UK #1 position since Gerry & The Pacemakers in 1963, when “The Power of Love” tops the chart.
December 3 – Bob Geldof and Band Aid release the single “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, which becomes the fastest- selling single of all time in the UK.
December 8 – Mötley Crüe member Vince Neil is involved in a serious car accident. He is drunk at the time, and Razzle (Nicholas Dingley) of Hanoi Rocks is killed in the accident.
December 8 – Cyndi Lauper with fourth single from She’s So Unusual, “All Through the Night”, becoming the first woman in the 26-year history of Billboard Hot 100 to have four singles in the top five from the one album.
December 9 – The Jacksons conclude their Victory Tour with the last of six concerts at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The tour, which consisted of 55 shows over five months, has reportedly grossed $75 million, a new industry record.
December 11 – While on tour, Bucks Fizz’s tour bus crashes. All members of the group are injured and member Mike Nolan suffers brain damage after falling into a coma.
December 13 – George Harrison makes a rare public appearance, joining Deep Purple on stage in Sydney, Australia for their encore rendition of “Lucille”.
December 31 – Def Leppard’s drummer Rick Allen loses his left arm in a car wreck. The thirteenth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Jermaine Jackson, Ronnie Milsap, Night Ranger, Scandal, John Waite and Barry Manilow. UK singles sales this year are the second highest ever, after 1978.

 

Artist Countdown: Cliff Richard Top 35 Hits 6pm ET @TheRealSirCliff

Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb, 14 October 1940) is a British pop singer, musician, performer, actor and philanthropist. He is the third-top-selling singles artist in the United Kingdom’s history, with total sales of over 21 million units in the UK[2] and has reportedly sold an estimated 250 million records worldwide.

With his backing group the Shadows, Richard, originally positioned as a rebellious rock and roll singer in the style of Little Richard and Elvis Presley, dominated the British popular music scene in the pre-Beatles period of the late 1950s and early 1960s. His 1958 hit single “Move It” is often described as Britain’s first authentic rock and roll song, and John Lennon once claimed that “before Cliff and the Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music.” Increased focus on his Christian faith and subsequent softening of his music later led to a more middle of the road pop image, sometimes venturing into contemporary Christian music.

sir-cliff-richardOver a career spanning more than 50 years, Richard has become a fixture of the British entertainment world, amassing many gold and platinum discs and awards, including three Brit Awards and two Ivor Novello Awards. He has had more than 130 singles, albums and EPs make the UK Top 20, more than any other artist and holds the record (with Elvis Presley) as the only act to make the UK singles charts in all of its first six decades (1950s–2000s). He has achieved 14 UK No. 1 singles (or 18, depending on the counting methodology) and is the only singer to have had a No. 1 single in the UK in 5 consecutive decades: the 1950s through to the 1990s. In 2008, he celebrated his 50th anniversary in music by releasing a greatest hits album, featuring new track “Thank You for a Lifetime“, which reached number 3 in the UK singles chart. His latest album, Soulicious, was released in October 2011. The album was supported by a short UK arena tour and gave Richard his 41st top ten UK hit album.

Richard has never achieved the same impact in the United States despite eight US Top 40 singles, including the million-selling “Devil Woman” and “We Don’t Talk Anymore”, the latter becoming the first to reach the Billboard Hot 100‘s top 40 in the 1980s by a singer who had been in the top 40 in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. In Canada, Richard achieved moderate success in the 1980s with several albums reaching platinum status. He has remained a popular music, film, and television personality in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Northern Europe and Asia, and he retains a following in other countries.n by Mercury as a tribute to Elvis Presley.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 We Don’t Talk Anymore
2 Power to All Our Friends
3 Living Doll with The Young Ones and featuring Hank Marvin
4 Dreamin’
5 Daddy’s Home
6 Wired For Sound
7 Carrie
8 Some People
9 The Millennium Prayer
10 Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha
11 The Only Way Out
12 Never Say Die (Give a Little Bit More)
13 Devil Woman
14 A Little in Love
15 The Best of Me
16 True Love Ways
17 She’s So Beautiful
18 Suddenly (with Olivia Newton-John)
19 My Kinda Life
20 I Can’t Ask For Anymore Than You
21 Take Me High
22 Lean on You
23 Hey Mr. Dream Maker
24 Little Town
25 Silhouettes
26 Where Do We Go From Here?
27 Hot Shot
28 Give A Little Bit More
29 Green Light
30 Whenever God Shines His Light (with Van Morrison)
31 Slow Rivers (with Elton John)
32 You Keep Me Hangin’ On
33 Don’t Turn Out The Light
34 Help It Along
35 Tomorrow Rising

Artist Countdown: Take That Top 30 Hits 6pm ET @takethat

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Take That are an English five-piece vocal pop group comprising Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams. Barlow acts as the lead singer and primary songwriter. In total, the group have had 27 top 40 singles and 16 top 5 singles in the United Kingdom alone, 11 of which have reached number 1, as well as having seven number 1 albums. Internationally the band have had 54 number one hits and 35 number 1 albums.

Take That’s tunes and soulful ballads dominated the UK charts in the first half of the 1990s, winning multiple BRIT Awards while also spawning two of the best selling albums of the decade with Everything Changes (which was nominated for the 1994 Mercury Prize) and their Greatest Hits album. Robbie Williams left the band in 1995 while the four remaining members completed their world tour and released a final single before splitting up in 1996.

After filming a 2005 documentary about the group and releasing a new greatest hits album, a four-piece Take That without Williams officially announced a 2006 reunion tour around the UK, entitled The Ultimate Tour. On 9 May 2006, it was announced that the group were set to record new material together once again; their fourth studio album, Beautiful World, was released in 2006 and was followed up with The Circus, in 2008. The group achieved new success as a four-piece, scoring a string of chart hits across the UK and Europe while taking the number of records sold to 45 million worldwide.

Williams rejoined Take That in 2010 for the band’s sixth studio album, Progress. It was released on 15 November of that year and became the fastest selling album of the 21st century, the second fastest selling album in British history, whilst also making it the first album of new material to feature Take That’s original line-up since their 1995 album, Nobody Else. Since 2011, Take That have set the new record for the fastest selling tour of all time in the UK with Progress Live, beating the previous record set by their Circus Live Tour in 2009, won the BRIT award for Best British group, and were named as Amazon’s top-selling music artist of all time. In 2012 the band were announced by Forbes as the 5th highest-earning music stars in the world. In the same year, the Official Charts Company revealed the biggest selling singles artists in British music chart history with Take That currently placed at 15th overall, making them the most successful boyband in UK chart history. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Back for Good
2 The Flood
3 How Deep Is Your Love
4 Patience
5 Never Forget
6 Shine
7 Rule the World
8 Pray
9 Babe
10 Sure
11 Everything Changes
12 Relight My Fire (featuring Lulu)
13 Kidz
14 Love Ain’t Here Anymore
15 Greatest Day
16 The Garden
17 Could It Be Magic
18 Reach Out
19 I’d Wait for Life
20 Love Love
21 Why Can’t I Wake Up with You
22 It Only Takes a Minute
23 Said It All
24 Up All Night
25 A Million Love Songs
26 I Found Heaven
27 Promises
28 Once You’ve Tasted Love
29 Do What U Like
30 When We Were Young

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PetShopBoys

Pet Shop Boys are an English electronic pop duo, consisting of Neil Tennant, who provides main vocals, keyboards and occasional guitar, and Chris Lowe on keyboards and occasional vocals.

Pet Shop Boys have sold 50 million records worldwide, and are listed as the most successful duo in UK music history by The Guinness Book of Records. Three-time Brit Award winners and six-time Grammy nominees, since 1985 they have achieved 42 Top 30 singles and 22 Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart, including four number ones: “West End Girls“, “It’s a Sin”, “Always on My Mind” and “Heart”.

At the 2009 BRIT Awards, Pet Shop Boys received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. The band’s eleventh studio album, titled Elysium (continuing their tradition of single word titles), was released in September 2012, the first single of which, titled “Winner”, was released on 2 July 2012. Their twelfth studio album Electric is due for release in July 2013. (Source: Wikipedia)