On this day in music history: April 11, 1995 - “Friday - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” is released. Produced by Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Sam Sneed, DJ Pooh, DJ Muggs, Bootsy Collins, E-A-Ski, E-Swift, Mr. Mixx, Roger Troutman, Ronald Isley, N.O. Joe and CMT, it is recorded at Various Studios from Early 1994 - 1995. Issued as the soundtrack to the hit comedy film written by Ice Cube and DJ Pooh and starring Cube and comedian Chris Tucker, the album features new tracks by Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, The 2 Live Crew, Mack 10, E-A-Ski, Cypress Hill, The Isley Brothers, Funkdoobiest, Scarface Featuring CJ Mac, Bootsy Collins & Bernie Worrell, The Alkoholiks and Threat. Along side the new tracks, the album and film also feature several R&B and funk classics from Rick James, Roger Troutman and Rose Royce. Like the film, the soundtrack is a runaway success, fueled by Dr. Dre’s “Keep Their Heads Ringin’” (#10 R&B and Pop, #1 Rap) and The 2 Live Crew’s “Hoochie Mama”. The main album also spawns an accompanying sequel titled “Old School Friday” with several more classic songs from the film, including tracks by Curtis Mayfield, Zapp, War, James Brown, Gladys Knight & The Pips and The Temptations. In 2005, both albums are combined into a double CD to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the release of the film “Friday - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” spends six weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, two weeks at number one on the Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.