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2022 Spotify complies with Neil Young's request to remove his music from the service. Young's issue is with the Spotify podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, which he feels is spreading false information about vaccines. Joni Mitchell also removes her music, but Spotify stands tall for Rogan, whose subscriber count grows considerably in wake of the controversy.

2019 Miranda Lambert gets married for a second time, tying the knot with police officer Brendan Mcloughlin in a secret ceremony. Lambert, whose first marriage was to Blake Shelton, breaks the news on social media on February 16.

2019 Composer Michel Legrand, who won an Oscar for "The Windmills Of Your Mind," dies at 86.

2018 Fleetwood Mac perform at the Musicares benefit in Radio City Music Hall, where they are honored. It's Lindsey Buckingham's last performance with the group; three months later he is ousted, replaced by Mike Campbell and Neil Finn.

2015 Nick Jonas lands a recurring role on Scream Queens, a horror anthology series from Glee creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck. The cast also includes Ariana Grande as a recurring guest star.

2015 Blink-182 announce Tom DeLonge's resignation, the same day that bandmates Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker slam DeLonge in a tell-all Rolling Stone interview. They claim the vocalist/guitarist will only communicate with them via email or through his manager, and his constant flakiness has kept them from recording new music. Barker adds: "It's hard to cover for someone who's disrespectful and ungrateful."

2015 Chris Brown postpones his Between the Sheets tour on judge's orders to stay put in California due to a probation violation earlier in the month. The rapper tells Twitter followers that he must complete his last 100 hours of community service before he can embark on the 26-city tour of the US with Kendrick Lamar.

2014 Justin Timberlake receives seven nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards and wins three: Best R&B Song for "Pusher Love Girl," Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Holy Grail," and Best Music Video for "Suit & Tie" (the latter two with Jay Z).

2013 Funk guitarist Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner (of The Ohio Players) dies at age 69.

2011 Wilco announce the launch of their own label, dBpm Records. The band state the label will put out all future Wilco releases "and more."

2011 Gladys Horton (lead singer of The Marvelettes) dies at age 66 after a series of strokes.

2010 Lady Antebellum release their second album, Need You Now, which goes to #1 in America, where it sells over 4 million copies. The title track becomes the first country song to make a big impact on the pop chart since "Not Ready To Make Nice" by Dixie Chicks in 2007. Both groups later change their names, becoming Lady A and The Chicks.

2008 Weezer's Rivers Cuomo takes part in the Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra charity soccer match benefiting the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the Mia Hamm Foundation in Carson, California.

1998 Edwin McCain releases "I'll Be."

1998 In a big surprise upset at the American Music Awards, rapper Puff Daddy loses in all five categories in which he is nominated for an award.

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Bridge Over Troubled Water Released

1970

The Simon & Garfunkel album Bridge Over Troubled Water is released, with the title track simultaneously issued as a single.


The duo thought the upbeat singalong "Cecilia" would be the first single, but their label boss Clive Davis insisted it be the title track, a nearly 5-minute plaintive ballad with gospel textures. It was the right call. Both the single and the album shoot to #1 in America, and make nests there, with the album spending 10 weeks at the top spot and the single staying for six. They sweep the Grammy Awards, winning for Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The album sells over 25 million copies, but is the last one recorded by the duo, who split soon after. Many of the songs deal with the duo's long friendship and the fracture of their musical relationship: "The Only Living Boy In New York" was written by Simon to express his loneliness after Garfunkel spent months away making a movie. The song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" survives hundreds of dubious cover versions, even into the American Idol era, where it becomes Clay Aiken's showstopper. Some of the more successful renditions include those by Aretha Franklin, Buck Owens, and a duet by Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli.

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