Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Music History Today: December 7, 2022

December 7, 1991: U2 debuted at Number 1 on Billboard's 200 Top Albums chart with Achtung Baby.  

Achtung Baby completely changed U2's sound and style. U2 rarely experiment with song structures over the course of the album. Instead, they use the thick dance beats, swirling guitars, and layers of effects.

Achtung Baby album cover
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Few bands as far into their career as U2 have recorded an album as adventurous or fulfilled their ambitions quite as successfully as they do on Achtung Baby, and the result is arguably their best album. 
Read more: Allmusic

December 7, 1957: Bing Crosby entered Billboard's Hot 100 chart with "White Christmas." 

Initially written by Irving Berlin for a Broadway revue that never happened, “White Christmas” was later used for the 1942 musical film Holiday Inn, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, which earned the songwriter and composer his first Oscar for Best Original Song in 1943. 
Read more: American Songwriter

December 7, 1968: The Beatles White Album started a seven-week run at Number 1 on the UK chart.

The White Album is a glorious quixotic mess, a schizophrenic quilt work of 30 songs sprawled over two discs.

The Beatles White Album

Many were written on acoustic guitar while the band was in India studying with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. After returning to Britain they gathered at George Harrison’s residence and banged out over 20 demos. It was clear at that point they wanted to do a double album. 
Read more: Pop Matters


December 7, 1985: Heart peaked at Number 4 with "Never" on Billboard's Hot 100. 

Heart 1985  self-titled album

"Never" by Heart is a rock song with an uplifting lyric to a person discouraged by love. Like the preceding "What About Love," the music video for "Never" received heavy rotation on MTV. It's the first time Heart earned consecutive top-ten entries. 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 7, 1991: George Michael and Elton John were Number 1 in the UK with a live version of "Don't Let The Sun Go down On Me."


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