Sunday, June 4, 2023

Music History Today: June 5, 2023

June 5, 2001: Alicia Keys released her debut album, Songs in A Minor.
Songs in A Minor by Alicia Keys debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 236,000 copies in its first week. The album has since sold over 7 million copies in the United States and 12 million copies worldwide.

Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor

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It was also a critical success, earning Keys five Grammy Awards at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards. In 2022, the Library of Congress selected the album for preservation in the National Recording Registry. 
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June 5, 1961: Roy Orbison went to Number 1 on the US chart with "Running Scared." The B-side "Love Hurts" also picked up significant airplay, making Orbison's recording the first version to be a hit.

June 5, 1971: Grand Funk Railroad broke a record previously held by The Beatles when they sold out New York’s Shea Stadium in just 72 hours.

Grand Funk Railroad Shea Stadium 1971

June 5, 1983: During a 48-date North American tour, U2 played at Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver. The show was recorded and released as U2 Live At Red Rocks: Under A Blood Red Sky.

June  5, 2010: Of the 14 new entries into Billboard's Hot 100, five are covers by the cast of the television show Glee. "Poker Face" is at Number 100, "Bad Romance at 86, and "Safety Dance" at  81. Two debuted in the top 40 section: "I Dreamed a Dream" featuring Idina Menzel at 31 and Neil Patrick Harris at 26.

A Woman's Worth
Alicia Keys

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