2013 Justin Bieber fans are the target of an online trolling campaign. Members of the image board 4chan claim to be implementing an awareness campaign to encourage the pop star to say "no" to drugs. The campaign's premise is "Cut for Bieber," and fans are encouraged to cut themselves and post photos of the damage online accompanied by the #CutForBieber tag on Twitter. Several hoax accounts post results in "response," but it appears no actual Bieber fans fall for the ploy. Earlier in October, a similar troll campaign called "Bald for Bieber" fizzled out, too. That one encouraged fans to shave their heads for the pop star based on the false rumor that he had cancer.
2013 R&B singer Sam Pace (of The Esquires) dies at age 68.
2013 Seattle hip-hop artist Freddy E dies at age 22 of an apparent suicide.
2011 Ed Sheeran releases what will be his final independent EP, No.5 Collaborations Project, in the UK. The EP goes on to reach #2 on the UK's iTunes chart, despite Ed having no label.
2009 At the People's Choice Awards, Carrie Underwood is the night's big winner, taking home the Favorite Female Singer, Country Song ("Last Name") and Favorite Star Under 35 Awards. Rascal Flatts takes the award for Favorite Group.
2006 Pink marries the motocross rider Carey Hart in Costa Rica.
2004 Chris Robinson (of The Black Crowes) and actress Kate Hudson's son, Ryder Russell, is born.
1999 Rod Stewart and supermodel Rachel Hunter publicly announce the dissolution of their eight-year marriage.
1997 French electronic duo Daft Punk release their debut album, Homework. The record is a big hit in Europe but only reaches #150 in the USA. Both members, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, are music producers who use recording technology to combine house music with synthpop.
1987 Elton John undergoes throat surgery at a hospital in Sydney, Australia, to remove nodules on his vocal cords. He cancels his upcoming American tour, but is thrilled with the results, later claiming that his voice became stronger and more resonant after the procedure.
1981 Eagles Live is certified platinum; it is 13 years until the next Eagles album is released.
1980 Doo-wop singer Carl White (lead vocalist for The Rivingtons) dies of acute tonsillitis in Los Angeles, California, at age 48.
1980 R&B singer Larry Williams dies at age 44 of a gunshot wound to the head in what's eventually deemed a suicide, though some speculate he was murdered. Known for a string of enduring rock 'n roll hits from the mid-'50s, including "Bony Moronie" and "Short Fat Fannie."
1980 Led Zeppelin's In Through The Out Door is certified platinum; it is the last Zep album issued while drummer John Bonham is alive.
1972 The St. Cleve Chronicle reports that a "Major Beat Group" will put music to the epic poem "Thick As A Brick," written by 8-year-old Gerald Bostock. The Society for Literary Advancement and Gestation (SLAG) had disqualified Bostock's poem from their competition, citing an "extremely unwholesome attitude towards life, his God and Country."
1967 Charlie Pride becomes the first African American solo singer to perform at the Grand Old Opry in Nashville. He is invited to perform at the venerable country music mecca after the success of his hit "Just Between You and Me," which makes it to #9 on the Country music chart.More
1950 Gene Autry's "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," based on a children's book written in 1939, hits #1 on the Billboard singles chart.
1946 Magazine magnate Jann Wenner, most famous for his work with Rolling Stone and for his role in establishing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is born in New York City.
1924 George Gershwin finishes work on "Rhapsody In Blue."
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