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2018 The movie Proud Mary opens in theaters with the tagline, "killing for the Man every night and day." John Fogerty is not pleased, tweeting his disapproval.More

2014 Beautiful: The Carole King Musical opens on Broadway. It wins a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and is nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical.

2013 Black Sabbath, complete with their newly reunited original frontman Ozzy Osbourne, announce the upcoming release of the album 13, the first Black Sabbath album in 18 years (since 1995's Forbidden).

2013 The 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow used by Freddie Mercury until his death in November 1991 is sold at an auction for £74,000 to a Russian businessman. It comes with a box of Kleenex Mansize tissues left in the car by the Queen frontman.

2012 Lou Reed and John Cale of The Velvet Underground sue the Andy Warhol Foundation for licensing the iconic banana logo Warhol created for the band to third parties.

2004 Randy VanWarmer, who had a hit in 1979 with "Just When I Needed You Most," dies of leukemia at age 48.

2002 Adam Ant, suffering from manic depression, is arrested after bringing a starter pistol to a London pub and threatening to shoot customers. He left to get the pistol after some patrons were poking fun at him for his clothing.

2002 Saturday Night Live skewers the uproar over the rumor that 'N Sync will be appearing in the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise, Attack of the Clones. The skit features an over-the-top cameo by the boy band, including Jimmy Fallon as Justin Timberlake, singing their hit "Bye Bye Bye" and a Star Wars-themed ballad about being a "Jedi knight in these Jedi days."

1995 The 10th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York. Inductees include The Allman Brothers Band, Al Green, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Martha and the Vandellas, Neil Young, and Frank Zappa.

1993 Zayn Malik, the first One Direction member to go solo, is born in East Bowling, Bradford, England.

1992 The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and wife Jerry Hall have their third child, Georgia May Ayeesha.

1981 The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) donates several rock albums to the Library of Congress, including Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and KISS' Alive!

1977 Stephen Stills and Neil Young's album Long May You Run is certified Gold.

1974 Melanie Chisholm - also known as Mel C or "Sporty Spice" of The Spice Girls - is born in Whiston, England.

1974 Jim Croce's album You Don't Mess Around with Jim hits #1 in the US.

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Vampire Weekend Release Contra With Unwitting Cover Girl

2010

Vampire Weekend release their second album, Contra, which goes to #1 in America. The cover girl is an unwilling subject, leading to a lawsuit.


The girl in the polo shirt is Ann Kirsten Kennis, a model who appeared in print advertisements for Jordache, Revlon, and many other companies. The Contra photo comes from 1983, when she auditioned for a TV commercial. Tod Brody, who claimed he took the photo, posted it on Flickr, where the band saw it. Kennis found out about it when her 13-year-old daughter spotted the image online as part of a promotional campaign to tease the album's release.

The album proves wildly popular, a hit with critics and fans. In July, Kennis files a $2 million lawsuit against the band, their record company, and Brody, claiming the release form Brody produced had forged her signature. The case against the band is later settled.

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