On this day in 1980, executives of Island Records in the UK offered U2 a recording contract after seeing the band play in front of 2,400 people at Dublin’s National Boxing Stadium. They have gone on to sell over 170 Million records world-wide.

On this day in 1981 “9 To 5” by Dolly Parton was the #1 song. It also went #1 on the country chart.

Speaking of #1, it was on this day in 1983, that Michael Jackson’s Thriller hit No.1 on the US album chart. The album was one of the first to use music videos as successful promotional tools. Thriller became the most successful album of all time with sales over 65 million copies.

Bruce Springsteen wins his first Grammy, on this day in 1985, taking home the Best Male Vocal Performance award for “Dancing In The Dark.” He has won an additional 19 since then, giving him 20 wins out of 50 nominations.

On this day in 2008, Apple announced that the iTunes Store had surpassed Best Buy to become the second largest music seller in the U.S. The number one seller at the time was Wal-Mart. iTunes is now the number 1 seller of music in the world.

And here’s one for everyone that loves their sports live. On this day in 2011, it was announced that Queen’s “We Will Rock You” was the most-played song at US sporting events. “Welcome to The Jungle” comes in a #2.


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