2006 Garth Brooks' Double Live album, released in 1998, becomes the first live album certified Double Diamond by the RIAA for sales of over 20 million in America.
1992 Presidential candidate Bill Clinton appears on the news program 60 Minutes with his wife, Hillary, who in response to a discussion about her husband's infidelity, says, "I'm not sitting here – some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette."More
1988 Andrew Lloyd Webber's blockbuster musical The Phantom of the Opera debuts on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre two years after a successful run on London's West End.More
1973 Elton John issues his sixth studio album, Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player, in America. It features two of his most popular songs: the '50s flashback "Crocodile Rock" (Elton's first #1 hit in America) and the Vietnam War-inspired "Daniel."More
1970 John Lennon writes and records "Instant Karma" all in one day, calling in Phil Spector to produce the song.
1968 At the University of Southampton, Pink Floyd play their first gig without founding member Syd Barrett, who never returns to the band. The 22-year-old Barrett is an early acid casualty, no longer able to contribute to the group.
1955 Eddie Van Halen is born in Amsterdam. His family eventually settles in Pasadena, California, where he forms Van Halen with his brother, Alex.
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 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.
Billie Eilish, 18, wins big at the Grammys as the death of Kobe Bryant and an internal scandal cast a cloud on the ceremony.
Eilish wins four of the nine televised awards, including the big ones: Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist, beating out Lizzo in every category. Casting a pall on the ceremony is the death of basketball star Kobe Bryant, one of nine people killed in a helicopter crash earlier that day. Bryant played his home games for the Lakers in the Staples Center, the very arena where the ceremony is held. To open the show, host Alicia Keys joins Boyz II Men to sing "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" in his memory. Later in the show, Usher performs with Sheila E. and FKA Twigs in a tribute to Prince, and John Legend, Kirk Franklin and Meek Mill honor Nipsey Hussle, the rapper who was murdered in 2019. Ten days earlier, a scandal at the Recording Academy became public when President Deborah Dugan, on the job just five months and the first woman to hold the post, was placed on administrative leave, accused of bullying an assistant. Dugan countered with a lawsuit, claiming she was fired for exposing unsavory practices in the organization, including cronyism, conflicts of interest, and sexual harassment. Taylor Swift, Jay-Z and Beyoncé all cancelled their appearances after the scandal broke.
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