Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Yahoo! Music announces that Taylor Swift's album Fearless and Flo Rida's single "Right Round" are the top-selling album and single, respectively, of the first half of the year. Lady Gaga becomes the first performer to have three songs from a debut album reach No. 1 on an American Billboard chart since Fergie. Paul McCartney performs three sold out concerts at Citi Field to open the stadium with opening act, The Script. This is because on August 15, 1965, The Beatles performed the first concert at Shea Stadium and McCartney joined Billy Joel on stage a year ago for the last concert there. Joel joined McCartney again on the first night. Beyoncé Knowles is named Woman of 2009 by Billboard. Michael Jackson's This Is It, featuring behind the scenes footage in the days before his death, is released. It enters the chart at No. 1, and becomes the best selling documentary of all time, raising over $250 million.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Know What Else? Ongoing financial crisis and recession which began in late 2007 continued with many calling it the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s causing house prices to decline, and unemployment to increase. In 2009 governments in the US and around the world pumped trillions of dollars into the financial system and into the economies hoping to avert another Great Depression and by the end of 2009 although unemployment had continued to increase, markets had recovered and most thought the worst was over. The World Health Organization declared H1N1 influenza strain, commonly referred to as "swine flu", as a global pandemic. Michael Jackson died in strange circumstances and brings worldwide outpouring of grief. The top two selling movies in 2009 were "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" And these were listed!