On 3rd October, Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor appears on Saturday Night Live as a guest, during which she tears up a picture of the Pope as a means of protesting sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. O’Connor and NBC received major backlash over the incident.
13th October sees the release of Prince’s fourteenth studio album, Love Symbol. This album is the second to feature Prince’s backing band, New Power Generation, and features singles such as ‘Sexy MF’ and ‘My Name is Prince’, both of which reached the Top 10 in the British charts.
A tribute concert for Bob Dylan is held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on 16th October. Performers such as Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Tracy Chapman and Johnny Cash are among the many artists performing. However, the attention is diverted mainly towards Sinéad O’Connor, on account of her protest on SNL a few weeks earlier.
On 20th October, Madonna releases her fifth studio album, Erotica. The album, while generally well received by critics, became one of her most controversial albums to date due to its themes of sex and romance. On the same day, Kenny G releases his sixth studio album, Breathless. The album became one of the top 100 Best-selling albums in the US despite mixed reviews from critics, reaching #2 on the Billboard 200 at its peak. The second track, ‘Forever in Love’ won him a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition at the 1994 awards.
By 31st October, Boyz II Men’s single ‘End of the Road’ is spending its 12th week at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100, breaking the record, set by Elvis Presley, after 36 years. This record would go on to be broken in March 1993 by Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’.