Category: 2000’s

Remembering music icon Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis, MN) – June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016 

Aaliyah photographed by Hype Williams, 2000.


Angelina Jolie and her husband Billy Bob Thornton at the premiere of Gone in Sixty Seconds on June 5, 2000.

On this day in music history: March 28, 2000 – “Romeo Must Die: The Album” is released. Produced by Timbaland, Ant Banks, Irv Gotti, Lil’ Rob, Joe Thomas, Joshua Thompson, Donnie Scantz, Kevin Hicks, B-12, Playa, Eric Seats, Rapture Stewart and Stanley Clarke, it is recorded at Manhattan Center Studios, The Hit Factory, Right Track Recording Studios, Soundtrack Studios, Battery Studios in New York City, Front Page Recorders in Glendale, CA, Soundcastle Studios in Los Angeles, CA, The Hit Factory Criteria Studios in Miami, FL and Mastersound Studios in Virginia Beach, VA from Early – Late 1999. It serves as the soundtrack to the martial arts action thriller starring Jet Li and is the film debut for R&B singer/actress Aaliyah. The R&B and Hip Hop based compilation features tracks by Destiny’s Child, Ginuwine, Mack 10, Chante Moore, Joe, and two tracks from Aaliyah including the hits “Come Back in One Piece” (featuring DMX), and “Try Again” (#1 Pop, #4 R&B). “Romeo Must Die: The Album” spends one week at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, number three on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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Jim Carrey and his


Renee Zellweger at the premiere of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”

at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on November 8, 2000.

Television, film, stage and voice actor René Auberjonois (born René Murat Auberjonois in New York, NY) – June 1, 1940 – December 8, 2019, RIP

Sesame Street puppeteer Carroll Spinney (born Carroll Edwin Spinney in Waltham, MA) – December 26, 1933 – December 8, 2019, RIP

On this day in music history: November 23, 2004 – “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb”, the eleventh studio album by U2 is released (UK release date is on November 22, 2004). Produced by Steve Lillywhite, Chris Thomas, Jacknife Lee, Nellee Hooper, Flood, Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno and Carl Glanville, it is recorded at Hanover Quay in Dublin, Ireland and in the South Of France from November 2003 – August 2004. “Atomic Bomb” like its predecessor “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” features a more traditional rock sound. In between sessions for the album, a demo recording featuring unfinished versions of several songs is stolen during a magazine photo shoot in France. Surprisingly, the demos are not leaked on to the internet. The album is a major critical and commercial success upon its release. Along with the standard CD issue, it is also released as a limited edition set with a bonus DVD featuring a documentary on the making of the album, and five music videos featuring live performances at Hanover Quay in Dublin. It spins off four singles including “Vertigo” (#1 Modern Rock, #31 Pop) and “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own” (#29 Modern Rock, #97 Pop). The album wins a total of nine Grammy Awards in 2005 and 2006 including Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year". “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb” spends one week at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: November 14, 2003 – “The Black Album”, the eighth studio album by Jay-Z is released. Produced by Just Blaze, Kanye West, The Neptunes, Timbaland, 9th Wonder, Eminem, Rick Rubin, The Buchanans, DJ Quik, Luis Resto, Aqua  and Joseph Weinberger, it is recorded at Baseline Studios, Battery Studios, Right Track Recording Studios, Manhattan Center Studios, The Hit Factory in New York City, The Hit Factory/Criteria Studios in Miami, FL, 54 Sound in Detroit, MI, The Mansion, The Record Plant and Akademie Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research in Los Angeles, CA from Early – Mid 2003. With seven Platinum or multi-Platinum selling albums under his belt by the early 2000’s, Jay-Z publicly announces that he is “retiring” from recording. The rap star cites a lack of competitive spirit among his other rap contemporaries as one of the reasons for wanting to retire. He collaborates with a number of top Hip Hop producers including The Neptunes, Kanye West, Just Blaze, Timbaland, DJ Quik, and Rick Rubin. The final result is lauded as one of Jay-Z’s strongest efforts. The album is launched with a concert at Madison Square Garden, and is filmed for “Fade To Black”, a 2004 film documenting that “final performance” as well as showing behind the scenes footage on the making of “The Black Album”. It spins off three singles including “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” (#5 Pop, #3 R&B, #2 Rap), “Change Clothes” (#10 Pop, #6 R&B, #4 Rap), and “99 Problems” (#30 Pop, #26 R&B, #10 Rap). To encourage DJ’s to do their own remixes and mash ups, Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam releases a double vinyl promo LP featuring Jay-Z’s acapella vocals. Producer Danger Mouse creates an alternate version titled “The Grey Album”, mixing Jay-Z’s vocals with samples from The Beatles “White Album”. The underground bootleg release is an instant sensation, also inspiring a lawsuit from EMI Records in spite of the surviving Beatles and their families and Jay-Z giving it their approval. Jay-Z’s “retirement” proves to be short lived, as he collaborates with the rock band Linkin Park and releasing a second album with R&B star R. Kelly in 2004. The album is nominated for three Grammy Awards in 2005, winning one for Best Rap Solo Performance for “99 Problems”. “The Black Album” spends two weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard Top 200, three weeks at number one on the R&B album chart, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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Aaliyah and Halle Berry at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards