Throwback Thursday: Janet Jackson, Prince and BeyDay

Lindsay Hood

By Lindsay Hood

on 09.04.14 in News

Who doesn’t love to indulge in a bit of nostalgia now and again? For #TBT, we’ll accumulate the facts, take you back through the past three decades and review what was happening in music news this week.


On September 7, 1984, Janet Jackson secretly wed fellow R&B singer James DeBarge. Jackson was only 18 at the time, and she was persuaded by her family and management to have the marriage annulled after eight months. This would not be the first secret ceremony for Jackson, either. She wed Wissam Al Mana, a billionaire from Quatar, in 2012 and kept the marriage under wraps for more than a year before telling the public.

Purple Rain was No. 1 on the Billboard charts, where it remained until January of 1985.

It was Beyoncé’s third birthday on September 4, 1984.


While the soundtrack from Disney’s The Lion King was ruling the top of the charts in America, Oasis had the fastest-selling debut album in the U.K. with Definitely, Maybe. This record would later be broken by the Arctic Monkeys, Leona Lewis and (yes, no joke) Susan Boyle.

It was Beyoncé’s 13th birthday.


Academy Award-winning composer Leonard Rosenman celebrated his 80th birthday on September 7, 2004. He was well known for scoring classic films such as East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and the Fantastic Voyage.

And, of course, it was Beyoncé’s 23rd birthday. Earlier in the year, she performed with Prince at the Grammys and took home five awards for Dangerously in Love.

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