27 January

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2018 A little over a year after leaving Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello goes to #1 in America with "Havana," a celebration of the city where she was born.

2018 Huey Lewis loses his hearing before a concert in Dallas. He does the show singing way out of pitch, and is later diagnosed with Ménière's disease, a rare condition that causes his hearing to come and go.

2014 The day after winning the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album for The Heist, Macklemore takes to Instagram, where he posts a screenshot of his text to Kendrick Lamar, whose good kid, m.A.A.d city was one of the nominees. The Seattle rapper texted: "I wanted you to win. You should have. It's weird and sucks that I robbed you." Macklemore takes some flak for the post, which many feel is disingenuous (Drake calls it "wack"). Lamar is more charitable. "Macklemore is a genuine dude," he says. "However it panned out, I wish him much success." On his 2016 track "Light Tunnels," Mac recounts these events.

2014 Pete Seeger dies at age 94.

2013 A fight breaks out after Frank Ocean accuses Chris Brown of taking his parking space at a Los Angeles recording studio. Brown throws a punch at Ocean, and threatens to shoot him, allegedly shouting: "We can bust on you too!"

2002 Koko Taylor collapses during a private function at her club, Koko Taylor's Celebrity, in Chicago, Illinois, after failing to take her diabetic medication. Doctors also discover arterial blockage in her heart.

1991 At the Speakeasy club in Los Angeles, Dr. Dre roughs up Dee Barnes, the female host of a rap music TV show called Pump It Up. Dre, who was upset over a segment on the show, later reached a settlement with Barnes, who filed a $22.7 million lawsuit.

1985 Bruce Springsteen wraps up the first leg of his Born in the U.S.A. tour with a show at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. The next day, he flies to Los Angeles, rents a car, and drives to A&M Recording Studios, where he takes part in the "We Are The World" sessions.

1979 Keith Morris (vocals), Gregg Ginn (guitar), Chuck Dukowski (bass) and Brian Migdol (drums) play live for the first time under the Black Flag moniker in Redondo Beach, California.

1976 Glam rocker Gary Glitter announces his retirement and begins traveling the world, spending time in Paris, Thailand, and New Zealand before a 1977 bankruptcy forces him back into action.

1976 David Bowie sues his former attorney, Michael Lippan, for unfair business practices and withholding of funds. Bowie claims Lippan took a 15% fee instead of the customary 10% and adds that after his dismissal, Lippan withheld $475,000 from the musician.

1972 Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson dies from heart failure and diabetes complications in Evergreen Park, Illinois, at age 60.

1972 The New Seekers' "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing," originally a Coke commercial, is certified Gold.

1971 David Bowie arrives in the United States for the first time, not to perform, but to do a series of interviews. He creates a stir by wearing a dress to many of the appearances.

1970 Mark Trojanowski (Sister Hazel drummer) is born.

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Dixie Chicks Release Wide Open Spaces


The Dixie Chicks release their major-label debut, Wide Open Spaces. It's the country trio's first album with lead singer Natalie Maines.

The Dixie Chicks started out as a bluegrass/traditional country band with sisters Emily (banjo) and Martie Erwin (fiddle), upright bassist Laura Lynch, and guitarist Robin Lynn Macy, the latter two sharing lead vocals. Dressed as cowgirls, the foursome played bar gigs and county fairs throughout their home state of Texas but their first three albums went nowhere. They dwindled to a trio, with Lynch as lead singer, but something still wasn't working. Enter Natalie Maines. A fellow Texan, she had music in her blood thanks to her steel guitarist father Lloyd Maines, who played on the Chicks' early releases. Maines brought a fresh contemporary sound that added a dose of pop appeal to the group's bluegrass sensibilities. Shortly after the group signed with Nashville's Sony, Lynch was out and Natalie was in. The trio's debut single, "I Can Love You Better," reaches the Top 10 on the country chart, proving Girl Power isn't limited to pop. Their next three singles – "There's Your Trouble," "Wide Open Spaces" and "You Were Mine" – all hit #1. Wide Open Spaces is a critical and commercial smash, hitting #1 on the Country Albums chart and #4 on the genre-mixed Billboard 200. It also wins Best Country Album at the Grammy Awards, where "There's Your Trouble" is also named Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The Dixie Chicks fly even higher with their followup: Fly hits #1 on the US albums chart, making them the first-ever country group to reach the top of the tally.



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