2009 Thanks to a surge in sales following his death on June 25, Michael Jackson holds the top nine positions on Billboard's Top Pop Catalog Albums chart.
1987 Napalm Death release their debut album, Scum, widely acknowledged as the first grindcore album. It peaks at #7 in the UK Indie chart.
1979 The Sony Walkman debuts in Japan, making music portable.More
1970 Music video director Harold "Hype" Williams is born this month (day unknown) in Queens, New York. He'll break into directing rap videos in the early '90s with clips from Puff Daddy, The Notorious B.I.G., and Nas before adding stellar partnerships with Kanye West and Jay-Z to his resume in the ensuing decades. More
1968 The Band release Music from Big Pink, their debut studio album.More
2016 30-year-old Lady Gaga finally gets her driver's license.
2009 Following Michael Jackson's death the previous week, he becomes the first act to sell more than 1 million song downloads in a week.
2008 Mel Galley (former Whitesnake guitarist) dies of esophageal cancer at age 60.
2008 Gym Class Heroes' lead singer Travie McCoy assaults a fan who shouts out a racial slur just as their set finishes during the Warped Tour in St. Louis.
2007 In memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, a concert is held at the newly built Wembley Stadium in London. Acts include friends of the Princess Duran Duran and Elton John as well as artists she enjoyed such as Nelly Furtado, Tom Jones and Kanye West.
2005 Luther Vandross dies at age 54 after suffering a stroke two years earlier that left him in a wheelchair.
2003 Jazz flautist Herbie Mann, known for the popular dance hit "Hijack" (1975), dies of prostate cancer at age 73.
1999 Guy Mitchell, '50s pop singer and TV host, dies of complications from cancer surgery at age 72.
1999 Jennifer Lopez releases her debut album, On The 6.
1996 Lynyrd Skynyrd releases their third live album, Southern Knights.
1995 Legendary DJ Wolfman Jack, who famously spun rock and roll records from a border blaster station in Mexico throughout the '60s, dies of a heart attack at age 57.
1982 Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five release the early rap classic "The Message."
1981 Rushton Moreve (original bass guitarist for Steppenwolf) dies in an automobile accident at age 32.
1978 The Texxas Jam takes place at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, with Aerosmith, Van Halen, Journey and Ted Nugent performing. 80,000 fans brave the 100 degree heat, cooled down by fire hoses brought in by the organizers. For Aerosmith, it marks a low point in their career as drug use and infighting are about to break up the band, and their performance suffers.
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