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2016 Beyoncé kicks off her Formation tour with a show in Miami. Her first solo stadium tour, it features new tracks from her album Lemonade and new takes on many of her old hits.

2015 Journey keyboard player Jonathan Cain marries celebrity preacher Paula White and begins recording worship music, releasing the album What God Wants To Hear in 2016. It's the third marriage for both.More

2014 BBC Radio Devon DJ David Lowe (not to be confused with the composer of the same name), plays an early version of "The Sun Has Got His Hat On" on his program, which results in his resignation due to the racial slurs in the lyrics.

2012 Bob Dylan receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor awarded to a United States civilian citizen, from US President Barack Obama. Dylan is only the 29th musician to receive the award; previous recipients include Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, and Irving Berlin.

2009 Pearl Jam bass player Jeff Ament is robbed outside the Atlanta studio where the band is recording. Thieves steal cash and equipment in the attack, which is reported by Rolling Stone.

2008 A nearly naked photo of 15-year-old Miley Cyrus makes the entertainment news when it appears in Vanity Fair. Shot by Annie Leibovitz, the photo is more tasteful than scandalous, revealing Miley's back but not much else. Cyrus, under contract with Disney, later claims she was coerced into taking the photo.

2008 Prince makes the crowd go crazy by covering Radiohead during an epic headlining set after being a last-minute addition to the Coachella Festival.

2007 Russian cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich dies at age 80 of intestinal cancer.

2006 62-year-old Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones falls out of a palm tree while vacationing in Fiji and goes to the hospital with a concussion, creating a rare news event on the island.

2004 Elton John publicly responds to American Idol's snub of Jennifer Hudson by declaring the call-in voters "incredibly racist."

2002 Hillous Butrum (bass player for Hank Williams' backing band, Drifting Cowboys) dies at age 74.

2000 Vicki Sue Robinson, who had a disco hit with "Turn The Beat Around," dies of cancer at age 45.

1999 R.E.M. appear on a scripted series for the first time when they guest on Party of Five.

1999 Jazz trumpeter Al Hirt dies at age 76 of liver failure.

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Dawson's Creek Spawns Hit Soundtrack

1999

Songs From Dawson's Creek is released after the teen drama airs its first season on The WB. The soundtrack peaks at #7 on the US albums chart.


The pop album includes the show's already-iconic theme song, Paula Cole's "I Don't Want To Wait," and Sixpence None The Richer's "Kiss Me," which was used as background music on the second episode of Dawson's Creek before it got even bigger exposure in the romantic comedy She's All That. Less than a week after the Dawson soundtrack is released, the single peaks at #2 on the Hot 100. Other notables on the 16-track collection include Shawn Mullins' "Shimmer," Sophie B. Hawkins' "Lose Your Way," and P.J. Olsson's "Ready For A Fall," which teases a Season 2 moment when Joey resists Dawson's advances. Olsson sees a big boost in traffic to his website when the episode airs and is grateful for Dawson's weak game. He tells Request: "Dawson was hoping to get laid that night. He's not getting any, and my song was playing. I thought it was really cool placement."

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