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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Eight 2014 music milestones (that will make you feel old)

Published 29/07/2014 | 13:22

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Prince in Purple Rain
Prince in Purple Rain
Niall Horan's first audition for X Factor
The Stone Roses have made an appeal for a missing music fan

Prince's 'Purple Rain' is 30 years old this week. Whether that makes you feel nostalgic, or old, or both, read on for more music milestones of 2014...

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Purple Rain is 30 years old. 

Prince’s seminal album and rock drama film were released in 1984. Whether you’re a Prince fan or not, if you were around at the time you’ll likely remember the buzz. 

Even if you weren’t you probably know that the album, which is included in The Library of Congress National Registry of recordings deemed ‘cultrually, historically, or aesthetically important’, is considered one of the defining albums of the era. 

The film grossed $70 million in the US, while its Grammy winning soundtrack spent six consecutive months atop the Billboard charts.  MTV, which was just three years old at the time, championed all things Purple Rain.

If all this is making you feel nostalgic for ruffle collars and purple motorbikes you’ll be happy to know Prince has announced plans for a deluxe reissue of Purple Rain for later this year.

Niall Horan turns 21 in September. 

The baby-faced blonde young fella from Mullingar reaches the milestone of manhood on September 8. 

When he entered X Factor in 2010, and sang his heart out with ruddy-cheeked passion, he was just 16 years-old.  Cute as a button he melted the hearts of many a mammy across Ireland and the UK.

Since then he’s been linked to a bevy of beauties including Victoria’s Secret model Barbara Palvin, and soon he’s old enough to drink in the US.  Four years is a long time it seems.

It’s the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones' debut album.

Decca Records signed The Rolling Stones in 1962, on the recommendation of George Harrison, having previously rejected the Beatles.

The band released their debut album, The Rolling Stones, in April 1964 and the rest is history. The Who weren’t far behind, forming the band that same year.

Kurt Cobain died two decades ago. 

Maybe you weren’t born 1994 or maybe you had graduated beyond grunge. 

But if you were perhaps applying too much eyeliner, or trying to make your new Docs look weathered by jumping in gravel, or writing the lyrics of All Apologies on your science notebook, you’ll remember – like it was yesterday - exactly what you were doing the moment you heard that Nirvana frontman Cobain had shot himself in his Seattle home.

Most popular female in pop Lorde was born in 1996. 

New Zealand singer/songwriter Lorde has won a Grammy for her song ‘Royals’ and launched a bidding war between labels that reportedly led to a €2.5m deal with Songs Music Publishing. 

Lorde was born the same year Oasis released Wonderwall, The Spice Girls released Wannabe and Take That split up.  It’s also the year that gave us the Macarena and Madonna playing Evita.

The Britpop Battle of Blur Vs Oasis began 20 years ago.

Oasis’s most successful album, Definitely Maybe, was released in 1994, as was Blur’s Parklife.

Nerves were fraught as fans on opposing sides watched heated exchanges played out in the press for months as singles from both albums – Oasis’ Roll with It and Blur’s Country House - vied for the No.1 spot in the UK.  Country House won by handful. 

Traumatic times indeed.

Andrea Corr is 40 years old this year.

Also blowing out a whopping 40 candles on their birthday cakes are Alanis Morrissette, Lil’ Kim, Robbie Williams, East 17’s Brian Harvey, Keith Duffy, Nicole Appleton, and Spice Girls Posh and Sporty.

It’s been 25 years since The Stone Roses released Second Coming.

The Manchester band are credited with being one of the leaders of the Madchester movment during the  late 80s and early 90s.  This album marked the point at which things began to go downhill for them with Reni leaving in 1995 and John Squire departing in 1996, making Second Coming all the more precious for fans.

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