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2018 Paul McCartney plays a gig at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, where The Beatles did about 300 shows in the early '60s. At one point, he chastises the crowd for using their phones.

2018 The Broadway musical Head Over Heels, an Elizabethan farce inspired by the music of The Go-Go's, premieres at the Hudson Theatre in New York City.More

2017 A jury awards Quincy Jones $9.4 million in royalties for the use of Michael Jackson songs he produced in two Cirque du Soleil shows and the This Is It documentary. Jones filed suit in 2013, asking for $30 million.

2016 A video of celebrities performing an a cappella version of Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" is shown at the Democratic National Convention before Hillary Clinton takes the stage to accept the nomination.More

2016 A group of 40 or so Broadway stars takes the stage on Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to sing "What the World Needs Now Is Love" in support of gun control legislation. These stars are part a group called Broadway For Orlando that was put together to record the song in honor of victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting on June 12, when 49 people were killed.More

2015 Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, dies at age 22. She is found unconscious in her bathtub, and the cause of death is eventually revealed as "immersion associated with drug intoxication."

2013 Oklahoma guitarist J.J. Cale, who wrote the songs "Call Me The Breeze" and "After Midnight," dies at age 74.

2012 Searching For Sugar Man, an Academy Award-winning documentary about Detroit Rocker Sixto "Sugar Man" Rodriguez, is released in the UK.

2011 Eric Church releases his breakthrough album, Chief, with the hits "Springsteen" and "Drink In My Hand."

2006 Paul McCartney's first guitar is sold at an Abbey Road Studios auction for 330,000 pounds, or about half-a-million US dollars.

2003 Vegas mainstay Tom Jones in inducted into the Gaming Hall Of Fame, along with Harrah's exec Phil Satre.

2003 Limp Bizkit appear at the Hawthorne Racetrack in Chicago as part of Metallica's Summer Sanitarium tour with Deftones, Linkin Park and Mudvayne. But the crowd soon shows how they feel about frontman Fred Durst and his crew, as the band is booed and Durst is pelted with coins and bottles, leading him to launch into homophobic taunts. As a result, Limp Bizkit leaves the stage after 30 minutes and only six songs, but not before Durst challenges audience members to a fight.

2002 A week before he is due to sign a contract with Universal South Records, Matthew West suffers a serious injury to his arm. Having accidentally locked himself in his house, West attempts to escape through a window, but his arm goes straight through the glass pane. West is rushed to hospital, where he is told he came close to severing a major artery. He will go on to fully recover from the incident.

2000 The file-sharing service Napster is ordered by a US federal judge to cease trading copyrighted music files in the next 48 hours.

1994 Motown Records releases the Boyz II Men song "I'll Make Love To You" against the group's wishes - they think it sounds too much like their earlier hit "End of the Road." In this case, the record company gets it right: the song becomes the biggest hit of 1994 in America.

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Kendrick Lamar's "Alright" Becomes Protest Anthem

2015

The first Black Lives Matter conference at Cleveland State University turns into a protest with activists chanting the chorus of Kendrick Lamar's "Alright" in defiance of police harassment.

The furor begins when activists leaving the weekend summit witness an altercation between police officers and a 14-year-old bus rider. The black teen is being detained for alleged public intoxication when, according to witnesses, officers slam him on the ground with unnecessary force. When the crowd attempts to block the squad car from driving off with the boy, a white transit authority officer pepper-sprays the participants. Undeterred, the protesters lock arms and chant the chorus of Kendrick Lamar's "Alright" - "We gon' be alright" - in response to law enforcement officers that show up to the scene. Eventually, the teen is examined by emergency personnel and is released. The song becomes somewhat of a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement, which grows in response to more racially charged incidents, including the 2020 killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis. As the tune echoes in protests and rallies across the country, it gains a reputation as being the modern black national anthem. Lamar, who released "Alright" on his chart-topping To Pimp A Butterfly album in March 2015, wrote the hopeful track after visiting Nelson Mandela's prison cell on Robben Island in South Africa. The experience left him pondering the role of music in the centuries-long black struggle. "Four hundred years ago, as slaves, we prayed and sung joyful songs to keep our heads level-headed with what was going on," Lamar tells NPR in 2019. "Four hundred years later, we still need that music to heal. And I think that 'Alright' is definitely one of those records that makes you feel good no matter what the times are."

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