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2017 Pepsi posts a commercial featuring the Skip Marley protest song "Lions" that is pulled the next day amid controversy that it makes light of actual protests.More

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.

2014 Richard Marx and Cynthia Rhodes announce the end of their 25-year marriage that included the birth of three sons. The pair met in 1983 when both were working on the film Staying Alive (Marx on the soundtrack, Rhodes as a dancer).

2009 At the Public Hall in Cleveland, Jeff Beck, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Metallica, Run-DMC and Bobby Womack are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2008 New Kids on the Block announce their upcoming reunion tour during NBC's Today show in New York City.

2008 Procol Harum's Gary Brooker wins an appeal in London to an earlier ruling, which stated that Harum organist Matthew Fisher was entitled to 40 percent of the royalties from the band's 1967 smash "A Whiter Shade Of Pale." Though the new ruling notes that Fisher wrote the organ line and should be co-credited, it also overturns the royalty award by noting that Fisher waited 38 years to sue.

2008 The Martin Scorsese-directed Rolling Stones concert documentary Shine A Light hits theaters. The next week, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Jack White appear on the cover of Rolling Stone with the headline, "Blues Brothers."

2007 An article is published in New Musical Express quoting Keith Richards as saying, "I snorted my father." Richards later claims it was an April Fools' joke.

2005 A man who won an out-of-court settlement in 1994 against the singer for a similar charge testifies in Michael Jackson's current molestation trial.

2003 The Rolling Stones make their stage debut in India, performing at Bangalore Palace in the middle of a monsoon!

1996 Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia's ashes are scattered in the Ganges river in India by Dead guitarist Bob Weir and Garcia's widow, Deborah.

1996 More trouble for Wilson Pickett, who after serving a one-year jail sentence in 1994 is arrested at his New Jersey home and charged with possession of two grams of cocaine. Still on probation, he enters a rehab center in August.

1992 Beastie Boys make their first concert appearance playing instruments at a show at The Palladium in Los Angeles.

1978 Loretta Lynn sings "One's On The Way" on episode #308 of The Muppet Show. Because the Muppet Theatre is supposedly being fumigated, the entire show takes place at a railroad station.

1974 R&B singer Andre Dalyrimple is born in Georgia. Along with his three brothers, he'll form the group Soul For Real, known for their 1994 hit "Candy Rain."

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Kendrick Lamar's Butterfly Flies To #1

2015

Kendrick Lamar's landmark album To Pimp A Butterfly flies to #1 in America.

The rapper's journey from the streets of Compton to the top of the Billboard charts has been a complicated one. He's still trying to figure it out on To Pimp A Butterfly. "It's really about me trying to balance these worlds - where I used to be and where I am today - from all different angles," he tells The Observer. "This album was therapy for me. I was looking at myself in the mirror and trying to figure out who I really am." He saw parts of himself in others, including Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen who was gunned down by a Neighborhood Watch volunteer in 2012. The incident sparked a rage in Lamar that flows on his searing track "The Blacker The Berry." He defies the notion he should hate himself for the color of his skin on the feel-good single "I," where he insists, "I love myself." But he also knows that he has to confront pain in order to overcome it. A pilgrimage to Nelson Mandela's cell on Robben Island in South Africa illuminates the history of struggle in the black community and inspires the upbeat track "Alright," which the Black Lives Matter movement adopts as an unofficial anthem for its defiant-yet-hopeful refrain "We gon' be alright." At the Grammy Awards, "I" takes the prize for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. The following year, To Pimp A Butterfly nets 11 nominations and five, including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for "Alright," and Best Rap/Sung Performance for "These Walls."

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