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January 1, 2012 During celebrations in Times Square, Lady GaGa shares a kiss with New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg just after the ball drops.

July 15, 2009 According to Billboard, since Michael Jackson's death, which occurred on June 25, 2009, American consumers have purchased more than 2.3 million of his albums.

April 7, 2009 The jukebox musical Rock of Ages, a celebration of glam metal and classic rock of the '80s, opens at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
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November 26, 2008 Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy album fails to achieve massive first-week sales numbers, and Axl Rose points the finger at Dr. Pepper for not having honored its promise made back in March 2008, when the soda company had offered everybody in the US a free can of soda if Guns N' Roses released in 2008 the album which had been announced by Axl Rose for many years.

October 30, 2008 The makers of Rock Band secure the rights to produce the first-ever Beatles music video game.

September 25, 2008 MySpace Music, the all-in-one music service/social network, finally becomes a reality as it launches after agreeing to a deal with EMI, the last major label holdout.

September 13, 2008 Come Dancing, a musical devoted to the music of The Kinks, opens in London.

July 14, 2008 Rock Band 2 reveals that the new Guns N' Roses song "Shackler's Revenge" is to appear in the game.

June 18, 2008 Lil Wayne accomplishes what was believed to be impossible in a post-Napster world, selling more than a million copies of Tha Carter III in a mere seven days.

June 5, 2008 James Taylor sings the US national anthem at Game 1 of the NBA finals in Boston.

May 5, 2008 To thank fans for years of support, Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) posts the album The Slip for free on his website.

March 23, 2008 The Jonas Brothers sing the national anthem at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House.

January 19, 2008 John Mayer makes a special visit backstage to meet Miley Cyrus during her Hannah Montana Best of Both Worlds Tour in Las Vegas.

January 14, 2008 Daughtry creates an uproar when he bad-mouths American Idol, saying the show is on the "decline." Randy Jackson refutes Daughtry's comment, but the show later suffers yet another season of declining ratings.

January 2, 2008 With talk of a Kinks reunion in the air, the band's guitarist, Dave Davies, takes to the Internet to share his feelings: "It would be like a poor remake of Night Of The Living Dead."

November 19, 2007 At Caroline Kennedy's 50th birthday party, guest performer Neil Diamond reveals that his 1970 hit "Sweet Caroline" was actually written about her.

October 26, 2007 Acting on the advice of director David Lynch, folk-pop icon and former student of the Maharishi, Donovan, begins drawing up plans for The Invincible Donovan University, a college for studying transcendental meditation.

August 2, 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.

November 22, 2006 After decades of living in California, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is finally naturalized as a citizen of the United States.

November 1, 2006 Apple Computer launches a new mini-store within the US version of the iTunes Music Store dedicated to Latin music and entertainment. iTunes Latino features top Latin music, music videos, television shows, audiobooks and podcasts.

July 26, 2006 Paul McCartney's first guitar is sold at an Abbey Road Studios auction for 330,000 pounds, or about half-a-million US dollars.

November 22, 2005 A collection of poems written by Bob Dylan in 1959 and 1960 when he was a student at the University of Minnesota sells for $78,000 at auction. The poems are the first known time he used the name Bob Dylan - he was born Robert Zimmerman.

October 31, 2005 The white suit John Lennon wore on the cover of The Beatles' Abbey Road sells at a Las Vegas Amnesty International charity auction for $118,000.

October 29, 2005 The wax figures of the younger Beatles used in the cover of the band's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album are auctioned off for 81,500 pounds in London after being discovered languishing in the backroom of Madame Tussauds' famous wax museum.

September 13, 2005 Jimi Hendrix's boyhood home in Seattle is saved from destruction after his estate and the city agree to renovate the building and turn it into a community center.

September 9, 2005 Despite numerous fan protests, the City of Liverpool, England, declares its intention to go ahead and demolish Ringo Starr's birthplace on Madryn Street, which the famous drummer lived in until the age of 5.

July 29, 2005 An anonymous bidder pays one million dollars for the original handwritten lyrics to The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" at the Hippodrome nightclub in London.

May 31, 2005 Strawberry Field (no s), the Liverpool orphanage which inspired The Beatles' famous song, is closed by the Salvation Army after almost seventy years.

August 2, 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.

May 24, 2004 An auction of Bruce Springsteen's birth certificate on eBay is shut down by the Boss's legal team.

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