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2019 With a show in Hannover, Germany on the 246th date of his ÷ (Divide) tour, Ed Sheeran breaks the record for highest-grossing tour, surpassing the $735.3 million U2 earned on their 2009-2011 360 tour (they did it in just 110 shows). Sheeran finishes the tour August 26 with a final tally of $775.6 million.

2019 Skillet release their 10th album, Victorious, featuring the songs "Legendary" and "Save Me." The album is produced by the band's frontman, John Cooper, and his wife/bandmate, Korey Cooper.

2010 Arcade Fire release The Suburbs, their third studio album. It's almost universally lauded by fans and critics alike, with the latter feeling that the album fully realizes the great artistic potential hinted at by Funeral and Neon Bible, the band's first two albums.More

2009 Rockabilly musician Billy Lee Riley dies of colon cancer at age 75. Known for the 1957 hit "Red Hot."

2007 Elvis Presley Enterprises announces plans to revamp Graceland, the singer's home, with a visitor's center, convention hotel, and high-tech multimedia displays.

2004 Eric Clapton bails out Cordings clothing store in London, a favorite of his since his teenage years, by purchasing a 50 percent share in the retailer.

2001 Ron Townson (of The 5th Dimension) dies of renal failure as a result of kidney disease at age 68.

1997 Fela Kuti, a multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of Afrobeat, dies of AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma, at age 58.

1992 While performing his song "Don Henley Must Die" at an Austin nightclub, the psychobilly artist Mojo Nixon is surprised when Henley, who happened to be in the neighborhood, climbs up on stage and starts beatboxing along with it. Nixon says it was the first time in his life he was left speechless. Henley seeing the humor in the song forces his critics to rethink what they perceive as his earnest arrogance.

1987 David Martin (bass player for Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs and co-writer of "Wooly Bully") dies of a heart attack at age 50.

1983 Motown bass player James Jamerson dies at age 47 from a host of ailments, including cirrhosis of the liver and heart failure. Unheralded during his lifetime (he had to buy a ticket to see the Motown 25 special, Jamerson is later recognized as an integral part of the Motown sound; in 2000 he is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1982 José Feliciano marries Susan Omillian in California.

1980 Olivia Newton-John's "Magic," from the Xanadu soundtrack, hits #1.

1978 Boston release their second album, Don't Look Back, which like its predecessor was recorded mostly in group leader Tom Scholz' basement studio.

1973 "Papa" John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas files suit against his former label, Dunhill, alleging $60 million in unpaid royalties.

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Weird Al Finally Lands #1 Album

2014

Weird Al Yankovic's Mandatory Fun goes to #1, giving the parody master his first chart-topping album.

Despite artfully skewering pop stars for over 30 years, Weird Al rarely reached the upper echelon of the charts, even though his albums often earned multiple gold and platinum certifications. He first visited the Top 10 two years earlier with Straight Outta Lynwood, but it's his 14th album, Mandatory Fun, that gives him his first #1 within a week of its debut on the albums chart. Weird Al, known for his wacky videos, opts to release a string of eight clips online in lieu of a lead single, the most popular being "Word Crimes." A parody of Robin Thicke's controversial hit "Blurred Lines," the song takes aim at the grammar-challenged masses who commit unforgivable flubs such as mistaking irony for coincidence or adding an "x" to espresso. The video draws comparison to the popular Schoolhouse Rock! educational cartoons of the '80s and is praised for its use of kinetic typography (moving text animation). It also pokes fun at the "Blurred Lines" video by mocking its use of oversized hashtags. The song peaks at #39 on the Hot 100, making Weird Al the third artist in history - behind Michael Jackson and Madonna - to land a Top 40 single each decade since the '80s. The album, which also includes parodies of Lorde's "Royals" ("Foil") and Pharrell Williams' "Happy" ("Tacky"), wins Best Comedy Album at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.

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