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2017 Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You" tops Australia's singles chart (ARIA) for the 14th week, breaking the record set by Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" in 1995.

2016 Waitress, a musical about a pregnant woman trying to escape an abusive marriage by winning a pie-baking contest, opens on Broadway. The most popular number is "She Used To Be Mine," which inspires covers from several fans.More

2016 Philadelphia soul singer Billy Paul dies of cancer at age 81. His biggest hit, "Me And Mrs. Jones," was written by the team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The pair release a statement upon Paul's death saying, "Billy's voice combined both jazz, R&B and soul vocals, making him one the great artists to come out of Philly and to be celebrated worldwide."

2012 The Beach Boys begin their 50th anniversary tour, which reunites Brian Wilson with fellow founders Mike Love and Al Jardine, along with longtime members Bruce Johnston and David Marks.

2011 American Idiot: The Musical, based on Green Day's 2004 album, closes after 422 performances.

2009 Robin Thicke performs his smash hit "Lost Without U" after The Oprah Show on the "Oprah Fridays Live" segment. So many viewers complain about missing the performance that Oprah brings Robin back for an unprecedented repeat performance only one month later.

2008 Jane's Addiction reunite to rock the NME Awards.

2006 Billy Joel becomes the first non-athlete to earn a banner at Madison Square Garden when he sells out the venue for the 12th time on his tour. His #12 hangs alongside retired greats who played in the Garden like Willis Reed, Walt Frazier and Mark Messier.More

2006 Country singer-songwriter Bonnie Owens, former wife of Buck Owens and, later, Merle Haggard, dies at age 76.

2005 After 94 performances, the Broadway musical and Beach Boys tribute Good Vibrations closes.

2003 The Fox TV network airs the 2-hour special The Michael Jackson Interview: The Footage You Were Never Meant to See. The show contains footage of Michael Jackson's home movies, and is the superstar's rebuttal to the documentary Living with Michael Jackson, which aired in February on ABC. In that one, Jackson talks about sharing his bed with children.

2002 Pop singer Jewel breaks a collarbone and a rib when she is thrown from a horse at the Texas ranch of her boyfriend, rodeo star Ty Murray.

2001 R&B singer Al Hibbler ("Unchained Melody") dies at age 85 in Chicago, Illinois.

1996 After being forced to cancel shows, Stone Temple Pilots issue a statement saying that lead singer Scott Weiland has "become unable to rehearse or appear for these shows due to his dependency on drugs. He is currently under a doctor's care in a medical facility." Weiland sees this as a betrayal, and his relationship with his bandmates turns rocky.

1992 The Cleveland Orchestra sues Michael Jackson for $7 million after it discovers the singer used part of their recording of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on his hit album Dangerous.

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Punk Rock Goes To The Desert For Desolation Center

1983

With Los Angeles punk rock running afoul of authorities, the Minutemen play a guerilla concert in the Mojave desert, where fans are bussed in. It's the first of a series of "Desolation Center" concerts that are the precursor to Burning Man and other desert music festivals.

Organized by promoter Stuart Swezey, the Desolation Center shows evade authority by eschewing advertising and staying under the radar. The desert concerts are risky (bands bring their own pyro), but in Swezey's view, less dangerous than typical punk concerts held in warehouse clubs where police are likely to bust some heads. Performers at the three Desolation shows include Sonic Youth, Redd Kross and Meat Puppets. Perry Farrell goes to all three; he later stages Lollapalooza in the spirit of Desolation. In 2019, many Desolation participants, including Farrell, appear in a documentary that tells the story.

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