25 February

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2019 Mark Hollis of Talk Talk dies at 64.

2015 Madonna falls down a set of stage stairs during her performance of "Living For Love" at the Brit Awards when the cape she is wearing doesn't release properly when pulled by a dancer. She gamely gets up and finishes the performance, later reassuring fans that she is fine, and that "love really lifted me up."

2014 Kelis' Saucy and Sweet show premieres on The Cooking Channel. The singer trained part-time as a chef in the late 2000s, eventually graduating from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school.

2012 Bluesman Louisiana Red (real name: Iverson Minter) dies after suffering a stroke in Hanover, Germany, at age 79. Known for his 1975 song "Sweet Blood Call."

2011 Rick Coonce (drummer for The Grass Roots) dies of heart failure in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at age 64.

2009 Memphis bluesman Mark Sallings (Mark Sallings and the Famous Unknowns) dies in a car accident in Arkansas at age 56.

2008 Stephen "Static Major" Garrett, who co-wrote Ginuwine's "Pony," Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" and many tracks for Aaliyah, dies at age 32 after contracting a rare autoimmune disorder.

2004 Estelle Axton, co-founder of Stax Records, dies at age 85.

2003 Having recently signed with Columbia Records, Switchfoot release The Beautiful Letdown, their major-label debut album.

2002 New York City rock band The Strokes are named Band of the Year and Best New Act at the NME Awards (founded by the titular British music magazine). Their debut, Is This It, is also awarded Best Album.

1999 Prince, who is now using an unpronounceable symbol for his moniker, sues nine websites to prevent unauthorized downloads. He takes another stand in 2007 when he sues other sites to remove images of him.

1998 Future spouses Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood win the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for "In Another's Eyes." Yearwood also wins Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "How Do I Live" (besting LeAnn Rimes' version).

1998 Bo Diddley and Roy Orbison receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Grammys.

1997 At Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party, DMC of Run-DMC meets Sarah McLachlan, whose music he credits with keeping him alive as he fights off depression. Years later, after DMC learns he was adopted, he collaborates with McLachlan on the song "Just Like Me" and learns that she was also adopted.

1995 Madonna's "Take A Bow" hits #1 on the Hot 100 and stays for seven weeks. The song is produced by Babyface.

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Tears For Fears Release Songs From The Big Chair


British synthpop duo Tears For Fears release their sophomore album, Songs From The Big Chair, featuring the hits "Shout" and "Everybody Wants To Rule The World."

"Everybody Wants To Rule The World" is the album's lead single in the US and becomes a near-instant pop classic, despite its dark subject matter. "The concept is quite serious," says the group's Curt Smith. "It's about everybody wanting power, about warfare and the misery it causes." The follow-up, "Shout," which boasts the benefits of primal screaming to relieve emotional pain, also rockets to #1. The success of Songs From The Big Chair makes Tears For Fears a household name across the world and throws a figurative middle finger to their homeland's critics. The duo already established themselves as hitmakers in their native UK. Two years earlier, their debut album, The Hurting, was a #1 hit and the single "Mad World" climbed to #3 on the pop chart. But detractors were vocal about their distaste for the album's themes of repressed pain and childhood trauma (inspired by primal therapy founder Arthur Janov), with NME calling the album the "useless sort of art that makes self pity and futility a commercial proposition." Tears For Fears clapped back when choosing the title for their sophomore album, which was inspired by the 1976 TV movie Sybil, about a woman with multiple personalities who reveals her true self from the safety of her psychiatrist's big chair. Smith says the title is "kind of an 'up yours' to the English music press who really f--ked us up for a while. This is us now – and they can't get at us anymore."



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