This Day in Music

In March 2020 Rural Radio was born, from our studios in Martham, Norfolk with just a few presenters broadcasting commenced on the 9th at 8am. Also, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020, and a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Billie Eilish was number one with “No time to die” and Boris Johnson had been Prime Minister for just under one year. In a tumultuous year when music served as a balm and new album releases became lifelines, only eight albums released in 2020 received platinum certifications from the RIAA.

Pop group BTS were named the best-selling artists of 2020 by the IFPI, the organisation that represents the global recorded music industry. The accolade caps a stellar year for the Korean boyband, who released two chart-topping albums in 2020.

Who was the 1 artist in the world 2020?
1. Ed Sheeran 81.16
2. The Weeknd 75.46
3. Justin Bieber 74.16
20 years ago in 2000: The Corrs

The Corrs presented a petition to the European Commission demanding legislation to end piracy on the internet. The Manic Street Preachers and The Spice Girls also added their names to the petition.


51 years ago during recordings for their Abbey Road album, The Beatles worked on two new George Harrison songs, ‘Here Comes The Sun’ and ‘Something.’ Harrison was inspired to write ‘Here Comes The Sun’ when taking a day off from Apple business and spending the day walking around the garden at Eric Clapton’s house. And 65 Years ago Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the national charts when ‘Baby, Let’s Play House’ entered the Cash Box country charts at No.15. Written by Arthur Gunter and recorded by him in 1954, Presley’s version differs greatly from the original: Elvis started the song with the chorus, where Gunter began with the first verse, and he replaced Gunter’s line “You may get religion” with the words “You may have a Pink Cadillac”, referring to his custom-painted 1955 Cadillac that had been serving as the band’s transportation at the time.