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June 24, 2016 Kanye West debuts the video for "Famous," which shows West in bed with nude likenesses of his wife Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, Rihanna, and other celebrities and associates. West appears next to a likeness of Taylor Swift, who is derisively mentioned in the lyrics, "I made that bitch famous." West calls the video "a comment on fame."

August 14, 2015 The first presidential playlists are released. Barack Obama's selections include tracks by Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and John Legend.More

August 6, 2015 Hamilton, a hip-hop-infused musical based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, opens on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre six months after a sold-out Off-Broadway debut.More

June 17, 2014 Sam Smith releases his debut album, In the Lonely Hour, in the US.

April 21, 2014 Big Sean becomes the first rapper to perform at the White House when he duets with Ariana Grande on "Right There" at the annual Easter Egg Roll.

October 5, 2012 Adele posts her new theme to Skyfall, the 23rd film in the James Bond series. The theme song, written by Adele and her songwriting partner Paul Epworth, features a 77-piece backing orchestra. In an informal Billboard poll, 69% of responses vote it the best theme to a Bond film ever.

July 17, 2012 The soundtrack album to the film The Dark Knight Rises is released, destined to debut at #8 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It also scores #10 on the Canadian albums chart. Composer Hans Zimmer becomes an overnight sensation, frequently compared with former golden soundtrack star John Williams.

July 15, 2012 "Gangnam Style" is unleashed upon the world. Performed by K-Pop singer PSY, the song debuts on YouTube and becomes its most-watched video (ever. in history.), surpassing even Justin Bieber's hit "Baby" in that capacity. The song, partly in Korean, is about the lifestyle of the Gangnam district in Seoul, Korea. The video features PSY's now-famous signature dance moves and very tight editing along with several humorous scenes; it spawns several parodies, animated versions, and mash-ups. "Gangnam Style" goes on to become a worldwide phenomenon, with its dance moves attempted by US president Obama and British prime minister Cameron; it is also declared a "force for world peace" on the floor of the United Nations, no less.

September 13, 2011 The B-52's play their first ever show in Idaho, finally performing their song "Private Idaho" in the state that inspired it.

October 27, 2009 Country singer Brantley Gilbert releases his debut album, Modern Day Prodigal Son.

May 19, 2009 The first episode of the TV show Glee airs, featuring a Glee Club performance of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" that brings the song back to the charts. The Glee version lands at #4 - which is five spots higher than Journey's original.

June 17, 2008 With Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne becomes the first artist since 50 Cent in 2005 to sell more than 1 million copies of an album in a single week.

June 17, 2008 Katy Perry's major-label debut album, One of the Boys, is released, featuring the hit single "I Kissed a Girl." It's not her first album: In 2001 she released a gospel album under her real name, Katy Hudson.

December 25, 2006 Alongside stars like Beyoncé, Eddie Murphy, and Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson makes her acting debut in the movie Dreamgirls, based on the Supremes-inspired Broadway musical.More

July 1, 2006 During the brief time when American Idol Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks is the most popular Taylor in music, his first single "Do I Make You Proud?" hits #1 in America.More

November 6, 2005 The Four Seasons musical Jersey Boys opens on Broadway to rave reviews.

October 26, 2004 Sugarland's debut album, Twice the Speed of Life, is released. It is the only Sugarland album to feature Kristen Hall, who will leave the band in 2005.

September 1, 2004 Under pressure to account for download sales, the Official Charts company releases its first UK Download Chart. The boy band Westlife claims the #1 spot with a live release of their 1999 song "Flying Without Wings."More

October 11, 2003 Justin Timberlake makes his first appearance on Saturday Night Live, doing double-duty as host and musical guest. It's the first of many appearances he makes on the show through the coming years; his sketches eventually grow to include a Bee Gees parody, a sketch about dating Lady Gaga, a bailiff in a courtroom trial of an alligator, "the Target lady," appearing in drag onstage with Beyoncé, and the infamous "Dick in a Box" bit.

June 24, 2003 Beyoncé releases her first solo album, Dangerously in Love. The standout track is "Crazy In Love," which features her boyfriend, Jay-Z.

March 4, 2003 Evanescence release their first album, Fallen, featuring the hits "Bring Me To Life" and "Going Under."

June 11, 2002 The TV show American Idol premieres on the FOX network. The show is a reality-show talent contest judged by three hosts, and becomes one of the most popular network reality shows. Singers who win a season of American Idol go on to fame, fortune, and record contracts.

May 15, 2002 The Wu-Tang Name Generator goes online. The apps turns your real name into one suited for the rap collective; the Songfacts Calendar Wu name is Drunken Desperado.

Donald Glover gets his stage name from the generator, becoming Childish Gambino.

May 8, 2001 Sum 41 release their debut studio album, All Killer, No Filler.

March 26, 2001 Gorillaz launch their debut self-titled album, which becomes a surprise chart success in the US. Although the band's vocalist Damon Albarn is well known in Europe through his band Blur, he is virtually unknown in the States, leading to low expectations for the release. The album eventually sells over a million copies, and peaks at #14 on the Albums chart.

February 8, 2001 Katy Perry releases her self-titled debut gospel album under her real name, Katy Hudson.

August 14, 2000 Nineteen-year-old Craig David releases his debut album Born To Do It, which debuts at #1 on the UK Albums chart and becomes the fastest-selling debut album by a British male solo act.

May 23, 2000 A Perfect Circle release their debut album, Mer de Noms. In addition to Maynard James Keenan of Tool, the group features guitarist Billy Howerdel and drummer Josh Freese, who had been working on the Chinese Democracy album for Guns N' Roses. Mer de Noms racks up worldwide sales of well over 2 million; Chinese Democracy doesn't appear until 2008.

May 16, 2000 Britney Spears' second album, Oops!… I Did It Again, sells 1.3 million copies in its debut week, setting a new record for highest debut by a female artist.

November 2, 1999 Lil Wayne's debut studio album, Tha Block Is Hot, shoots to #1 on the Billboard albums chart and goes on to sell 1.4 million copies worldwide.

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