On this day in music history: November 19, 1990 - Pop music duo Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award for Best New Artist. The National Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences, the organization that awards the coveted music industry honor, revokes the prize won by Milli Vanilli members Fabrice Morvan and Rob Pilatus, after it is revealed that neither actually sang on the groups’ multi-Platinum selling album “Girl You Know It’s True”. Producer Frank Farian announces to the press on November 12, 1990 that the duo did not actually perform on the album (the actual vocalists were Charles Shaw, Brad Howell and John Davis), after Pilatus and Morvan insisted on singing on the second Milli Vanilli album, which was in production. In a hastily organized press conference, Rob and Fab give their award back, explaining that they were basically pawns in the deception perpetrated by producer Farian, who had made them the visual face of the group after he found they could not sing. As a result of the scandal, former fans file class act lawsuits against Arista Records seeking refunds for their purchase of Milli Vanilli’s records. Rob & Fab attempt to continue their music career, but due to the overwhelmingly negative publicly surrounding them, the album they release in 1991 under their own names sells only 2,000 copies in the US. Interest in the duo is revived when they are the subject of the premiere episode of the VH1 program “Behind The Music”, documenting their meteoric rise and fall. Sadly, Rob Pilatus, plagued by numerous personal problems after Milli Vanilli’s fall from grace, dies of a drug and alcohol overdose in a hotel in Frankfurt, Germany on April 2, 1998 at the age of 32. Fab Morvan continues to work as a musician and public speaker, recording an album in 2003. In 2007, Universal Pictures announces that they are working on a biopic about Milli Vanilli, written and directed by screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (“Catch Me If You Can”). To date, the project is still in development.

Panic! at the Ballroom

Summary: “You’re having a panic attack in the middle of this big event and everyone’s either oblivious or doesn’t know what to do and i don’t know you but let me get you some water and you can cry on me if you want to.” AU

Words: 2102

Genre: Fluff

Pairing: Phan

Warnings: Panic attack description

Being Dan Howell wasn’t easy. As much as people envied his expensive, designer clothes, the supermodels he was constantly seen with, and the fancy yacht parties he threw every two months, his life was anything but a walk in the park. Having the CEO of a globally-known business as a father, and being his only son, all the stress of being the one who was going to run the business at some time on the future laid upon his shoulders. But he didn’t want that. All he wanted was to be a pianist, do something he would enjoy. And his father would never allow it.

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25 July 1829 – 11 February 1862

Elizabeth Siddal was an English artists’ model, poet and artist.

She was the primary muse for her spouse, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, throughout most of his youth. Rossetti painted her to the exclusion of almost all other models and stopped her from modeling for the other Pre-Raphaelites. The number of paintings he did of her are said to number in the thousands.

Upon her death, Rossetti, overcome with grief, enclosed in Elizabeth’s coffin a small journal containing the only copies he had of his many poems. He purportedly slid the book into Elizabeth’s red hair. She was then interred at Highgate Cemetery in London. Before publishing his newer poems he became obsessed with retrieving the poems he had slipped into Elizabeth’s hair. Rossetti and his agent, the notorious Charles Augustus Howell, applied to the Home Secretary for an order to have her coffin exhumed to retrieve the manuscript. This was done in the dead of night so as to avoid public curiosity and attention, and Rossetti was not present. Howell reported to Rossetti that her corpse was remarkably well preserved and her delicate beauty intact. Her hair was said to have continued to grow after death so that the coffin was filled with her flowing coppery hair.