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2016 Skillet's 2009 track "Monster" goes double platinum with more than 2.6 million sales and streams, making it the biggest digital single in Christian music history.

2009 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at the Bridgestone halftime show during Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

2007 Forced to do a press conference to promote his upcoming Super Bowl halftime show, Prince answers the first question with a guitar lick, then turns the event into a concert, leaving reporters stunned.

2007 Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti, who twice won the Pulitzer Prize for the '50s operas The Consul and The Saint of Bleecker Street, dies at age 95.

2007 Wayne Fontana, famous for fronting Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, pours gasoline on the car of a bailiff sent to collect a debt, and sets the vehicle on fire. At his hearing in November, Fontana shows up dressed as Lady Justice, complete with sword and scales. The judge is not amused, sentencing him to 11 months in prison, and stating: "He has come dressed as a fool and he wants to act like a fool - I hope they give him a prison uniform at Nottingham Prison to keep him warm."

2003 Latin-jazz percussionist Mongo Santamaria dies after suffering a stroke at age 85.

2000 The Christian rock band Skillet release their third studio album, Invincible. It's the band's first release without founding member Ken Steorts, who is replaced by Kevin Haaland on guitar.

1994 Green Day release their third album (their first on a major label), Dookie. That night, they play a gig at Slim's in San Francisco with The Dead Milkmen.

1994 Harry Styles of One Direction is born in Cheshire, England.

1989 Paul Robi (of The Platters) dies of cancer at age 57 in Los Angeles, California.

1988 After an arduous year of touring and recording, The Cars officially disband. The return in 2011 for an album and tour, but part ways for good soon after.

1987 Journey wrap up their Raised on Radio tour with a show in Anchorage, Alaska. It's their last tour with Steve Perry, who makes one more album with the band, Trial by Fire, in 1996.

1986 Diana Ross weds Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Geneva, Switzerland.

1986 Dick James, co-founder of DJM Records and the Beatles' publishing company Northern Songs, dies of a heart attack at age 65.

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Tori Amos Confronts Two-Faced Cornflake Girls On Under The Pink

1994

Tori Amos releases her second album, Under The Pink, featuring the hit single "Cornflake Girl."

"Cornflake Girl," a #4 hit in the UK, was inspired by Possessing The Secret Of Joy, a novel by Alice Walker about that explores the horrific practice of female genital mutilation in some African regions. Pretty heavy subject matter for a commercial pop hit. But Amos makes the concept relatable by focusing on the element of betrayal - how an unsuspecting young woman would be led into the procedure by a trusted but ultimately duplicitous female. "We had a term for those people, those girls that would turn on you, that wouldn't be there for you, that would maybe expose something you trusted them with, and really let you down - a complete wreckage. So those girls were called Cornflake Girls," the singer told NME. Amos continues the themes of deception and divisiveness on the album's other singles. "God" criticizes the church-instituted imbalance of power between men and women; "Past The Mission" - which features backing vocals from Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails - takes note of the church's suppression of significant female figures (e.g. Mary Magdalene) in the Bible; and "Pretty Good Year" addresses the inner conflict caused by a lack of self-worth. She even surprises herself on "The Waitress," a dark album track that has her fantasizing about murdering another woman who did her wrong. She keeps the bloodlust under control because, as she assured us in the earlier tune, she "never was a Cornflake Girl." Along with her debut, Little Earthquakes, the success of Under The Pink establishes Tori Amos as an alt-rock icon of the '90s. The album debuts at #1 in the UK and peaks at #12 in the US, where it goes on to sell two million copies.

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