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2017 The day after the suicide of lead singer Chester Bennington, Linkin Park cancel their upcoming tour and set up a tribute page on their website with resources for suicide prevention.

2012 Singer-songwriter Tulisa Contostavlos is cleared of conspiring to supply Class A drugs after the notorious "Fake Sheikh" Mazher Mahmood sets up one entrapment operation too many.

2009 Brad Paisley performs at the White House, where he plays his new song "Welcome to the Future," which was inspired by Barack Obama's election. Paisley returns in 2012 to play a 4th of July concert at the White House, and in 2013 he plays an inauguration concert after Obama is re-elected.

2008 Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O premieres her new side project, Native Korean Rock, at Union Pool in Brooklyn, New York.

2006 Herbie Kalin (of The Kalin Twins) dies of a heart attack at age 72.

2005 Blues singer Long John Baldry, a huge influence on Elton John, dies of a chest infection at age 64. Baldry had a #1 UK hit with "Let The Heartaches Begin."

2004 Jerry Goldsmith, an Academy Award-winning film composer known for Chinatown, The Omen, and five of the original Star Trek films, among others, dies of colon cancer at age 75.

2002 Gus Dudgeon, frequent producer of Elton John's recordings, dies in a car accident along with his wife, Sheila, at age 59. Elton dedicates his 2004 album, Peachtree Road, to the couple.

2002 At the Peoria Civic Center in Illinois, fans riot at the third annual Gathering Of The Juggalos when police try to stop Juggalettes from taking their shirts off. Peoria joins Novi, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio on the list of cities where this Gathering is no longer welcome.

2001 Lauryn Hill tapes her MTV Unplugged special, playing new songs in a very emotional performance. It's clear that she's not going for mainstream appeal, and is not about to follow up her The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill album with another big seller.

1999 Charley Pride receives a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1997 As the forerunner of a new era of women in rock, Jewel becomes the first Atlantic Records artist to grace the cover of TIME magazine.

1995 A Los Angeles judge throws out a lawsuit filed against Michael Jackson by five of the pop star's security guards, who alleged that they were fired after learning the "truth" about Jackson's nighttime visits with young boys.

1989 UHF, a comedy film written by and starring Weird Al Yankovic, debuts. The soundtrack features many of Yankovic's signature song parodies, as well as a few of his original songs. While the film does poorly in box office due to bad timing at the beginning of summer just before blockbuster season, the film gains a huge cult following. "UHF" stands for "Ultra High Frequency," an archaic method of television broadcast in the United States which tended to feature local, mom-and-pop stations and shoestring-budget content.

1988 In Aiken circuit court in South Carolina, James Brown pleads guilty to charges of gun possession and resisting arrest. Brown was arrested in May after leading police on a car chase.

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Milli Vanilli Busted For Lip-Synching

1989

Performing on the Club MTV tour at a stop in Bristol, Connecticut, Milli Vanilli's tracks go screwy when they try to lip-synch to the song "Girl You Know It's True." As the line "girl you know it's..." repeats over and over, the duo panic and scurry off stage. It is later revealed that they didn't sing on their album.

The creation of German producer Frank Farian, Milli Vanilli is the duo of Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus, augmented by a fleet of backup singers and rappers. Just how augmented isn't discovered until after the group is busted as frauds - turns out they didn't sing at all on their recordings. The Bristol incident is not a big deal at the time, since it's generally assumed that acts on the tour - which also include Paula Abdul, Tone-Loc, Information Society, Was (Not Was) and Lisa Lisa - are using backing tracks, a common practice among pop acts and pretty much a requirement for club shows. Earlier in the month, their single "Baby Don't Forget My Number" went to #1 on the Hot 100, and in September, "Girl I'm Gonna Miss You" hits the top spot, followed by "Blame It On The Rain" in November. They keep the charade going into 1990, charting another hit, "All Or Nothing," which makes #4 in February. When the group wins the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, there is increased scrutiny on the group, and cracks appear in their facade. With the media closing in on the story, Farian reveals in November 1990 that Rob and Fab are just for show - studio vocalists did all the singing on their album.

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