THIS WEEK IN ROCK
January 5, 2020
Happy New Year with Bowie, Billy Joel, AC/DC and more – it’s This Week In Rock…
#OnThisDay December 30, 1999
Slade’s incomparable frontman Noddy Holder is awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Millennium Honours list. And the only response that is ‘Get Down Get With It’!
#OnThisDay December 31, 1973
The mighty AC/DC make their live debut in a small Sydney club called Chequers. And we can’t think of a more appropriate track than this!
#OnThisDay January 1, 1950
It’s a double whammy as we wish you all a Happy New Year and extend many happy returns to Mott The Hoople’s Morgan Fisher. And here they are on rip-roaring form with the classic single, ‘Roll Away The Stone’!
#OnThisDay January 2, 2009
The mighty AC/DC are declared the biggest-selling artists of 2008 in the US after it’s revealed that their latest album, ‘Black Ice’, has sold a massive 3.4m copies there. Did you k now that the album made rock history by debuting at No. 1 in 29 countries?
#OnThisDay January 3, 2017
With vinyl sales topping 3m copies in the previous year – the highest UK sales in 25 years – the BPI announce that David Bowie’s final album, ‘Blackstar’, is the most popular in that format.
#OnThisDay January 4, 1983
Eurythmics release their second album, ‘Sweet Deams (Are Made Of This)’. Eschewing the psychedelic tinge of its predecessor, the new album finds Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart embracing analogue synths and the stunning results peak at No. 3 in the UK album chart.
#OnThisDay January 5, 1974
Billy Joel’s second album, ‘Piano Man’, enters the US albums chart and becomes his first significant hit. The title track becomes both Joel’s signature tune and his nickname and is based on his experiences working as a piano player in a bar in Los Angeles in the early 70s.
This week’s Video of the Week is Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’.Read more
What do all of these artists have in common? They are some of the solo artists that have achieved the most Number 1 albums on the Official UK Chart!Read more
Each year, International Women’s Day celebrates women around the world, and protests against sexism and inequality –these are the anthems worth belting out, loud and proud.Read more