On Feb. 24, 2014, the sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 7:49 p.m. EST. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), which keeps a constant watch on the sun, captured images of the event. These SDO images from 7:25 p.m. EST on Feb. 24 show the first moments of this X-class flare in different wavelengths of light – seen as the bright spot that appears on the left limb of the sun. Hot solar material can be seen hovering above the active region in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona.
On this day in music history: September 9, 1978 - “Holding On (When Love Is Gone)” by L.T.D. hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #49 on the Hot 100 on September 30, 1978. Written by Jeffrey Osborne and John T. McGhee, it is the third R&B chart topper for the Greensboro, NC based R&B/Funk band fronted by drummer and lead vocalist Jeffrey Osborne. “Holding On” comes about as a result of both Osborne and McGhee going through painful divorces at the time. The pair collaborate on the song when guitarist McGhee gives Osborne a tape of him playing the songs chord changes. Osborne writes the lyrics and melody around the changes, helping craft it into a finished song. Like their previous album “Something To Love”, L.T.D. cut the song at Gap Band producer Lonnie Simmons’ Total Experience Studios in Los Angeles, CA with their producer Bobby Martin (The Manhattans, The O'Jays, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes). Released as a single in June of 1978, it quickly climbs to the top of the R&B singles chart. The success of “Holding On (When Love Is Gone)” propels their fifth studio album “Togetherness” to Platinum status in the US.
6 years ago today, the Jonas Brothers released their 3rd studio album, A Little Bit Longer, to which they shutdown Times Square for the release.
ALBL sold over 500,000 copies in its first week, coming in at #1 on the Billboard 200. All 12 tracks have charted on the Billboard Hot 100, Pop 100, and Bubbling Under Chart with “Burnin’ Up” peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, Tonight peaking at #8, and Lovebug peaking at #49. The song, “A Little Bit Longer,” although not released as a single, received enough sales to peak at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Another non-single, “BB Good,” peaked at #88 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as “Shelf,” peaking at #80.
To this day, ALBL holds the record for the highest first week sales to debut at number one for any artist under Hollywood Records in the US, as well as worldwide. ALBL received platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling over 1.6 million copies in the US alone.