25 August

Pick a Day

25 AUGUST

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2018 During her Reputation tour, Taylor Swift headlines a concert at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, where Tim McGraw and Faith Hill join her onstage for a performance of her seminal country hit "Tim McGraw."

2018 Neil Young and Daryl Hannah get married in a secret ceremony in Atascadero, California. It's Young's third marriage, her first.

2016 Kanye West begins his Saint Pablo Tour with a concert in Indianapolis. During the show, West performs on a floating stage that hovers about 15 feet over the audience.More

2009 Chris Brown is sentenced to five years probation and six months hard labor for assaulting Rihanna in February 2009 the night of the Grammy awards. Brown is also ordered to stay away from her for the next five years and undergo a full year of domestic violence counseling.

2008 The Verve release Forth, their first album since Urban Hymns in 1997. It proves to be their last.

2007 The Veronicas' fashion line for Target is released in Australia. "It's a bit punk princess, mixed with rock 'n' roll,'' says Lisa Origliasso.

2007 While singing his 1968 hit "Fire" on stage in Lewes, England, Arthur Brown catches on fire after wearing his customary tinfoil hat with a small fire burning in the center.

2006 Longtime Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton misses his first gig in 24 years after being diagnosed with throat cancer.

2000 Composer Jack Nitzsche dies after a cardiac arrest in Hollywood, California, at age 63. Aside from playing keyboard for The Rolling Stones in the '60s, he co-wrote the 1983 hit "Up Where We Belong" from the romantic drama An Officer and a Gentlemen.

1995 Dutch rock 'n roller Arnie Treffers (of Long Tall Ernie & the Shakers) dies of lung cancer in Westeremden, Groningen, Netherlands, at age 48. Had an international hit in 1977 with "Do You Remember."

1994 Jimmy Buffett swims to safety after crashing his seaplane while trying to take off in Nantucket.

1994 Billy Joel is officially divorced from the model Christie Brinkley. Their marriage lasted nine years.

1993 Snoop Doggy Dogg drives his Jeep Cherokee to Woodbine Park in Los Angeles, where his passenger, McKinley Lee, shoots and kills a rival gang member. Both are tried for murder but found not guilty in 1996.More

1992 Mary J. Blige releases "Real Love," her first Top 10 hit on the Hot 100.

1989 Chicago mayor Richard Michael Daley declares today "Pops Staples Day" in honor of the native musician and leader of The Staple Singers.

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Lauryn Hill Releases First Solo Album

1998

Fugees member Lauryn Hill releases her solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It becomes the first hip-hop album to win the Grammy for Album of the Year.

Hill was 13 when she won over the Apollo Theater crowd in 1988 singing "Who's Lovin' You." A few years later, she formed the Fugees, where she learned how to turn her poetry into rap. Fully-formed as a singer, rapper and lyricist, her talents helped make their 1996 album The Score one of the top-sellers of the decade, with her rendition of "Killing Me Softly" the top UK single of the year and one of the most-played tracks on American radio. The Fugees, whose volatile mix was exacerbated by their sudden success, split up in 1997, with the three members pursuing solo careers. Hill applied her skills as a musical polymath to Aretha Franklin's "A Rose Is Still a Rose," co-writing and co-producing the track, and also directing the video. Franklin called it "two powerful sisters working together," and made it the title track to her album, released in March 1998. Five months later, Hill issues The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, a transgressive album where she lets loose on topics of racism, empowerment, and a ravenous music industry that tried to talk her into putting motherhood aside for the sake of her career (her second child, Selah, is born two months later). The album goes to #1 in America, where it sells over 8 million copies. Awards and accolades pour in, and at the Grammy Awards, it takes Album of the Year, making it the first hip-hop release to do so (Hill wins a total of five awards at the ceremony, more than any other female artist has won in a single year). Hill soon retreats from the pubic eye, returning in 2001 with an MTV Unplugged special. Sporadic performances and reunions with the Fugees follow, but most of her time is devoted to raising her children, which number six by 2011.

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