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Awards and Honors (5)

6 September 1989 : A week into their gig as opening act on the Rolling Stones Steel Wheels tour, Living Colour wins MTV Video Music Awards for Best Group Video, Best Stage Performance and Best New Artist. Mick Jagger presents the group with the trophies backstage at their show in Pittsburgh.
23 February 1983 : Alabama wins a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Mountain Music."
28 February 1984 : Alabama wins a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "The Closer You Get."
19 November 2013 : People magazine names Adam Levine "Sexiest Man Alive," making him the first musician to earn the title.
10 February 2013 : Janis Ian wins the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for her autobiography Society's Child, beating out Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, Rachel Maddow and Ellen DeGeneres. Ian quips: "I keep thinking there's got to be a punchline here: an ex-president, the First Lady and three lesbians walk into a bar..."

Band Dynamics (5)

26 January 2015 : Blink-182 announces Tom DeLonge's resignation, the same day that bandmates Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker slam DeLonge in a tell-all Rolling Stone interview. They claim the vocalist/guitarist will only communicate with them via email or through his manager, and his constant flakiness has kept them from recording new music. Barker adds: "It's hard to cover for someone who's disrespectful and ungrateful."
27 January 1980 : At the Gaumont theater in Southampton, England, AC/DC play their last show with Bon Scott. The electrifying frontman would die on February 19 after a night of excessive drinking.
1 January 1975 : Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham officially join Fleetwood Mac, bringing with them the songs "Rhiannon" and "Landslide."
22 March 2013 : My Chemical Romance announces their breakup after 12 years as a band.
1 September 2012 : Geoff Tate, late of the band Queensryche, announces plans to get a "new Queensryche" together. Pledging their support are Rudy Sarzo (formerly of Quiet Riot), Bobby Blotzer (formerly of Ratt), Glen Drover (formerly of Megadeth), Kelly Gray and Randy Gane (formerly of Myth). There's still some question as to whether they'll actually be able to call the band Queensryche, since Tate is still wrapped up in lawsuits with the other three members over his firing in the same year and the use of the name.

Banned (5)

28 February 2012 : The Malaysian Government cancels a concert by Erykah Badu scheduled for the following day due to her tattoos, including one with the word "Allah" in Arabic.
6 June 1990 : The 2 Live Crew album As Nasty As They Wanna Be becomes the first album declared legally obscene when Federal District Judge Jose Gonzalez rules that the album violates community obscenity standards in three south Florida counties: Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach. The ruling sets off a censorship firestorm which drives sales of the album past 2 million copies. Two days later, a record store owner is arrested for selling the album, and two days after that, the group is arrested for performing the songs in concert. The court ruling is eventually overturned.
23 July 2001 : Megadeth is banned from playing in Malaysia. The band was scheduled to perform in the Southeast Asian country three weeks later but was forced to cancel because authorities thought their albums contained "unsuitable imagery."
4 September 1968 : "Street Fighting Man" by The Rolling Stones is banned in Chicago and some other cities as local officials fear it will incite riots.
29 June 1957 : The government of Iran officially bans rock and roll after declaring rock dancing "as harmful to health." The ban would stay in place until the 1990s.

Births (5)

20 January 1985 : Country singer Brantley Gilbert is born in Jefferson, Georgia.
14 April 1980 : Win Butler, lead vocalist, songwriter with Arcade Fire.
10 April 1959 : Brian Setzer. The Stray Cats, and the Brian Setzer Orchestra
10 April 1959 : Katrina Leskanich, Katrina And The Waves.
12 November 1934 : Charles Manson is born. Why is he on a music calendar? He wrote and recorded songs before he was imprisoned, including one called "Cease To Exist," which Dennis Wilson re-wrote for The Beach Boys as "Never Learn Not to Love."

Certifications and Milestones (5)

13 April 2015 : "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa breaks the Spotify record for most-streamed track in a single day in America when it was streamed 4.2 million times.
12 February 2015 : "Weird Al" Yankovic becomes the first-ever guest editor at MAD magazine when it is announced that he will be assisting with issue #533.
7 March 2015 : Drake places an astounding 14 songs in the Hot 100, thanks to the release of his mixtape If You're Reading This It's Too Late. The Beatles are the only other act to accomplish this, with 14 songs on the tally for a week in April, 1964.
29 November 2014 : Taylor Swift replaces herself at #1 on the Hot 100 when "Blank Space" knocks "Shake It Off" from the top spot, making Swift the first female artist to do so.
16 September 2014 : At a pop-up shop in New York City that re-creates the Central Perk coffee shop from the TV show Friends, Danny Wilde and Phil Solem of The Rembrandts reunite to perform the show's theme song. The event marks the 20th anniversary of the show's first episode.

Charts (5)

9 June 2007 : Rihanna's "Umbrella" reached #1 on the Billboard Top 100, after seven weeks.
28 April 2007 : Rihanna's "Umbrella" debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100, at number 91.
After seven weeks it reached #1.
12 January 2008 : Good Charlotte's "Dance Floor Anthem (I Don't Wanna Be in Love)" peaks at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100.
19 February 2005 : Good Charlotte's "I Just Wanna Live" peaks at #51 on the Billboard Hot 100.
14 February 2004 : Good Charlotte's "Hold On" peaks #63 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Concerts and Festivals (5)

10 July 1965 : The Kinks play the Seattle Center Coliseum. It will be their last show on American soil until December, 1969, as the powerful American Federation of Musicians union bans them. Ray Davies would later blame their manager Larry Page for the ban, claiming he bungled contracts and didn't make proper payments.
3 July 1965 : The Beach Boys Summer Spectacular tour stops at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. This date includes performances by The Byrds, Sonny & Cher, The Righteous Brothers, and of course, The Beach Boys. Also on the bill: The Kinks, who are having a miserable time in America and at was with their manager Larry Page, who flies back to England the next day.
30 May 1997 : Yanni becomes the first Western artist in modern times to perform at the Forbidden City in Beijing. Despite strict regulations (including a 40-decibel sound limit), the show is a success as the Chinese welcome the Greek musician.
25 June 2014 : Beyoncé and Jay-Z kick off their On The Run tour with a show in Miami, with the couple co-headlining. The tour is one of the most profitable ever on a per-show basis, averaging over $5 million per concert.
17 August 1980 : At the Toledo Speedway Jam II in Toledo, Ohio, ZZ Top headlines the show with AC/DC, Sammy Hagar and Humble Pie on the undercard. (Also advertised on the poster: 800 kegs of beer, drinking age 18 in Ohio!) It would be the last time AC/DC would be a support act until 2003, when they open for The Rolling Stones.

Deaths (5)

31 March 2015 : British jazz pianist Ralph Sharon, who brought "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" to Tony Bennett, dies in Boulder, Colorado, at age 91.
1 April 2015 : Cynthia Lennon, John Lennon's first wife, dies of cancer at age 75 in Mallorca, Spain.
21 March 2015 : Jackie Trent dies at age 74. She was married to Tony Hatch, which whom she wrote the theme song to the Australian TV show Neighbours and the Petula Clark hit "Don't Sleep In The Subway."
20 March 2015 : A.J. Pero (drummer for Twisted Sister) dies of an apparent heart attack in New York at age 55.
9 March 2015 : Eugene Patton, known as Gene Gene the Dancing Machine from the classic '70s Gong Show, dies at age 82 in Pasadena, California.

Debuts (5)

27 October 2009 : Country singer Brantley Gilbert releases his debut album, Modern Day Prodigal Son.
5 September 2014 : Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton open a bed and breakfast called The Ladysmith in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. It can be seen in Blake's video for "Sangria."
20 April 2010 : The stage adaptation of Green Day's American Idiot rock opera officially opens on Broadway, a year after its debut at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
3 August 2010 : Madonna launches her "Material Girl" line of clothing, shoes, jewelry and handbags at Macy's. The line is targeted to teenage girls and based in part on some of Madonna's various looks. Assisting the 51-year-old singer with the project is her 13-year-old daughter, Lourdes.
21 April 2014 : Big Sean becomes the first rapper to perform at the White House when he duets with Ariana Grande on "Right There" at the annual Easter Egg Roll.

Discoveries (5)

7 December 1998 : The Indiana University a cappella group Straight No Chaser perform their zany rendition of "Twelve Days of Christmas" at the school. In 2006, a video of the performance is uploaded to YouTube and goes viral, earning the group a record deal and sending the song to #5 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
6 May 2014 : "The Heart Of Man Is Like A Mine," a lost song from German composer Felix Mendelssohn, is performed for the first time in over a century and a half by alto Amy Williamson and pianist Christopher Glynn on BBC's Today.
20 October 1977 : In town for a gig with The Police, Sting kills some time by walking through the red light district of Paris. Watching the ladies of the night ply their trade gives him the inspiration for what would be the band's first hit: "Roxanne."
2 July 1980 : Sheena Easton is featured on the BBC show The Big Time, which follows regular people trying to achieve their dreams. With visions of stardom as a singer, she is seen auditioning for EMI, who are suitably impressed and sign her to a deal. Her single "9 To 5" becomes a UK hit two months later and conquers America a year later.
11 December 1966 : Elton John's band Bluesology opens for Little Richard at a show in London. Elton would later say, "When I saw Little Richard standing on top of the piano, all lights, sequins and energy, I decided there and then that I was going to be a rock and roll piano player."

Good Deeds (5)

2 March 2014 : Arby's buys the hat Pharrell Williams wore to the Grammys on eBay for $44,100. The fast-food chain donates the hat (which resembles their logo) to the Newseum in Washington, DC. Money from the auction goes to the From One Hand to Another charity.
19 July 1985 : Joan Jett calls up-and-coming heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson before his fight with Larry Sims, which Tyson wins handily. The superstitious Tyson insists on getting a call from Jett before every fight, which he does until breaking tradition for his bout against Buster Douglas on February 11, 1990 - Tyson's first loss.
29 January 1961 : Bob Dylan visits Woody Guthrie at Greystone Park Psychiatric hospital in New Jersey, where Guthrie is being treated for Huntington's disease. Dylan plays him "Song To Woody," which would appear on his first album the following year.
20 April 2013 : Five days after three people were killed in bombings at the Boston Marathon, Neil Diamond makes a surprise appearance at Fenway Park, where he performs "Sweet Caroline" at the Red Sox game against the Kansas City Royals.
11 January 2013 : Re/Create, a charity event to aid victims of 2012's Hurricane Sandy, holds a celebrity clothing auction. Among the items auctioned off are duds donated by music celebrities, including an autographed pair of Yeezy II sunglasses from Kanye West, a WeSC jacket Skrillex wore to the 2012 Grammys, a Mugler bag donated by Lady Gaga, and a Sue Wong evening gown from Kelly Osbourne.

Health Issues (5)

11 September 2003 : Jewel cancels her North American tour after Terome "T-Bone" Hannon, her bassist of three years, dies suddenly of a brain aneurysm at age 39.
24 January 2015 : INXS guitarist Tim Farriss severs the ring finger on his left hand while operating a winch on his boat. Doctors reattach the digit after two surgeries.
28 February 2012 : Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump makes a blog post titled "We Liked You Better Fat: Confessions of a Pariah" where he writes about hitting a low point with a failed solo album and taunts from audience members. The post prompts FOB bass player Pete Wentz to contact Stump, and they get the band back together, staging a triumphant comeback with their 2013 album Save Rock and Roll and the hit "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)."
11 June 2011 : Jessie J ruptures tendons in her foot while rehearsing for the Capital Radio Summertime Ball. She does her set the next day from a throne; 13 days later she would perform a seated set once again at the Glastonbury Festival.
6 March 1994 : Frank Sinatra collapses onstage during a concert in Richmond, Virginia. The aging crooner would retire the following year, at age 79.

Incidents (5)

4 April 2015 : Marilyn Manson is sucker punched by a fellow patron at a Denny's in Alberta, Canada. The rocker, who stopped by the restaurant for a late-night meal after a show promoting his Pale Emperor album, denies claims that he insulted the assailant's girlfriend and spurred the incident.
11 March 2015 : Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson and his brother, Andrew, are both rushed to the hospital after a knife fight with each other. According to police, the injuries are not life-threatening.
9 March 2015 : R&B singer Angie Stone is arrested in Georgia on assault charges after allegedly punching her 30-year-old daughter's teeth out.
25 February 2015 : Madonna falls down a set of stage stairs during her performance of "Living For Love" at the Brit Awards when the cape she is wearing doesn't release properly when pulled by a dancer. She gamely gets up and finishes the performance, later reassuring fans that she is fine, and that "love really lifted me up."
11 March 2011 : A pregnant Jewel is involved in a car accident when a volunteer fire truck slams into her Cadillac in Stephenville, Texas. Thankfully, no one is seriously injured.

Innovations (5)

13 August 2004 : At the opening ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Björk wears a dress that unfurls about 10,000 feet of fabric, which is stretched to cover the viewing area where a world map is then projected. All of this takes place while she sings "Oceania."
15 April 2012 : A virtual Tupac Shakur performs at the Coachella festival, rapping "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" before disappearing in a flash. Often reported as a hologram, the technology used to bring Tupac to life later revealed to be a system of mirrors, glass and computer animation.
30 October 2006 : Keane becomes the first major act to release a song on a USB memory stick. For £3.99, fans can purchase the 512MB drive at HMV stores, plug it into a computer, and transfer the track "Nothing In My Way" along with various videos and screensavers. The "single on a stick" format would fail to catch on.
26 October 1993 : Michael Jackson is awarded a patent for the system that allows him to lean in unnatural angles during performances of "Smooth Criminal." To recreate the video on stage, Jackson and his dancers wore special shoes that they could insert into pegs set up on stage for the famous lean.
20 March 1982 : Pop duo Buckner & Garcia appear on American Bandstand to perform their hit single "Pac-Man Fever." The single, from their album of the same name, had previously hit #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and been certified gold by the RIAA, signifying the first successful song about or based on a video game. Video games in 1982 had only become popular in the past few years, and the appearance of coin-operated video game arcades (where Pac-Man reigned supreme at the time) signified the first time computing technology was embraced by home consumers for its entertainment value alone.

Legal Issues (5)

10 March 2015 : A jury awards Marvin Gaye's estate (his children Marvin III, Frankie and Nona) $7.3 million, finding that "Blurred Lines" is too similar to Gaye's 1977 hit "Got To Give It Up."
17 February 2015 : "Because I Got High" singer Afroman is arrested for assault after punching a female fan who attempts to dance with him on stage at a show in Biloxi, Mississippi. Afroman, who didn't see the woman until he turned around to clock her, blames his anxiety and says that he hadn't had time to take his meds when he went on stage.
9 January 2005 : Neo soul singer D'Angelo is arrested for drunk driving in his Richmond, Virginia, hometown. He is also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.
20 November 2002 : After an altercation at a gas station, neo soul singer D'Angelo is arrested at his home. Making matters worse, he resists arrest and is pepper sprayed by police.
6 March 2010 : Neo soul singer D'Angelo is arrested in Manhattan's West Village when he tries to solicit a sex act from a female undercover police officer.

Marriages and Breakups (5)

21 October 2014 : A little over a year after his split from ex-fiancee Jana Kramer, country singer Brantley Gilbert announces his engagement to a school teacher from his Jefferson, Georgia, hometown. He later divulges her name: Amber Cochran.
5 January 2015 : Good Charlotte's Benji Madden marries actress Cameron Diaz.
11 December 2010 : Good Charlotte's Joel Madden marries Nicole Richie at the home of Richie's dad, Lionel Richie, in Los Angeles.
7 February 1997 : Sarah McLachlan marries her drummer, Ashwin Sood, in Negril, Jamaica.
2 July 2014 : On her website, Jewel announces she will be divorcing husband Ty Murray after almost six years of marriage.

Miscellaneous (5)

12 November 1964 : On his 19th birthday, Neil Young writes "Sugar Mountain," where he reflects on his fleeting youth ("You can't be 20 on Sugar Mountain").
7 April 2015 : Don McLean's original manuscript to his lyric for "American Pie" sells at auction for $1.2 million. Says McLean: "I thought it would be interesting as I reach age 70 to release this work product on the song 'American Pie' so that anyone who might be interested will learn that this song was not a parlor game."
24 April 2011 : American Idiot: The Musical, based on Green Day's 2004 album, closes after 422 performances.
19 May 1998 : Jewel releases a book of poetry, A Night Without Armor.
14 February 2015 : Lady Gaga becomes engaged to actor Taylor Kinney. She will confirm the news two days later by posting a photo of the heart-shaped diamond ring on Instagram with the caption "He gave me his heart on Valentine's Day, and I said YES!"

Movies (5)

23 July 1993 : Poetic Justice, staring Janet Jackson (in braids) and Tupac Shakur, opens in theaters.
19 March 2010 : The Runaways, about the pioneering all-girl rock band, hits theaters. The film, which focuses on group member Joan Jett (played by Kristen Stewart), is a huge flop.
6 February 1987 : Featuring a title song written by Bruce Springsteen, the movie Light of Day hits theaters. The film stars Joan Jett and Michael J. Fox as leaders of a struggling band called The Barbusters.
13 October 1971 : The Velvet Vampire is released in the US; the soundtrack includes "Evil Hearted Woman" performed live by its composer Johnny Shines.
14 August 1959 : The film A Private's Affair is premiered in New York City. It includes the song "The Same Old Army."

Music and Politics (5)

18 January 2015 : John Legend and Common perform "Glory" (from the movie Selma) at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama to celebrate Martin Luther King Day and honor the march King led from the bridge to Mongtomery, Alabama in 1965.
22 September 1992 : Vice President Dan Quayle says that Tupac Shakur's 2Pacalypse Now album "has no place in our society" and calls on record stores to stop selling it. Quayle has beef with Tupac's lyrics about "dropping a cop," as hear in the track "Soulja's Story." Many of the rapper's songs deal with police racism and brutality.
10 March 2014 : TV show host Bill O'Reilly gets fired up over Beyoncé's "Partition" video, which contains graphic scenes implying sex in a limousine. O'Reilly engages his guest Russell Simmons on the topic, saying it "harms impressionable children."
30 March 1995 : Ol' Dirty Bastard takes an MTV news crew along for a ride in a stretch limo, where he stops to pick up food stamps, proving that the ID card on his album cover is real. The stunt enlivens the national debate over welfare reform, as ODB becomes a high-profile case study on abuse of the system. He was eligible for the program because he had yet to file his tax return declaring income earned from his advance.
7 March 1998 : Archbishop Franc Rode organizes a special mass to forgive the blasphemers who wrote and recorded "Bitchcraft."

Recordings (5)

3 April 1902 : The first series of Alessandro Moreschi's solo recordings is made; he is the only castrato to be recorded solo.
2 July 1990 : Tesla records their album Five Man Acoustical Jam live at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia. Their cover of "Signs" becomes a surprise hit and catalyzes an acoustic rock trend, with MTV's Unplugged series delving into more rock acts soon after.
16 January 1992 : Eric Clapton records Eric Clapton Unplugged for MTV. The album would go on to win six Grammy Awards, including Record Of The Year.
6 April 1951 : Frankie Laine records "Rose, Rose, I Love You."
5 September 1957 : Elvis Presley records "Treat Me Nice" and "Blue Christmas."

Releases (5)

16 December 2013 : Brantley Gilbert releases his country chart-topper "Bottoms Up."
1 October 2002 : Good Charlotte release their second album, The Young and the Hopeless.
26 September 2000 : Good Charlotte releases their self-titled debut album.
24 April 1989 : Tom Petty releases the album Full Moon Fever, which is credited just to him, although members of The Heartbreakers play on it.
15 November 1999 : KoRn play their album Issues (released the following day) from start-to-finish at a venue not known for hosting nu-metal: the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

TV, Radio, Press (5)

1 April 1989 : Living Colour make a splash as the musical guests on Saturday Night Live, performing "Cult of Personality" and "Open Letter to a Landlord."
2 February 1971 : The Point!, an animated fable written by pop star Nilsson, makes its debut on ABC's Movie of the Week.
29 December 2011 : Alaska: The Last Frontier debuts on the Discovery Channel. The reality-TV series centers on the Kilcher family living in the Alaskan wilderness, including Atz Kilcher, father of folk/country singer Jewel.
21 July 1997 : As the forerunner of a new era of women in rock, Jewel becomes the first Atlantic Records artist to grace the cover of TIME magazine.
3 July 1995 : Jewel lands her first television gig on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, where she is spotted by actor Sean Penn. The two would begin dating shortly after.

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