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2022 Beyoncé releases her seventh solo album, Renaissance, with the hit "Break My Soul." Like her previous six albums, it goes to #1 in America.

2021 After postponing the previous year's festival due to the coronavirus outbreak, Lollapalooza returns in full force for a four-day music event in Chicago's Grant Park. But there's a catch: Festivalgoers must provide proof of vaccinations or negative COVID tests to gain entry. Those who have tested negative but are unvaccinated also have to wear a mask.More

2019 In a unanimous verdict, a jury rules that Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" copied the electronic melody from the 2008 song "Joyful Noise" by the Christian hip-hop artist Flame. Three days later, the jury awards $2.78 million in damages, but in March 2020, a federal judge overturns the verdict on appeal.More

2016 Nearly six months after all four members of the British group Viola Beach were killed in a car accident, their self-titled debut album is released. It debuts at #1 in the UK.

2014 After 36 years of marriage, Neil Young files for divorce from his second wife, Pegi.

2014 Jazz drummer Idris Muhammad, born Leo Morris, dies at age 74.

2011 Gene McDaniels, known for singing the 1961 hit "A Hundred Pounds Of Clay" and writing Roberta Flack's 1974 hit "Feel Like Makin' Love," dies at age 76 at his home in Maine.

2011 At a Dallas concert, Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill leaves the stage after complaining about the heat. He never returns, and the band cancels the rest of their tour. The incident is officially blamed on "dehydration," but Caleb's brother (and bass player) Jared later Tweets: "There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade."

2005 An anonymous bidder pays one million dollars for the original handwritten lyrics to The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" at the Hippodrome nightclub in London.

2004 Cincinnati-born singer, songwriter, and musician Huby Heard dies of a heart attack at age 53. As a keyboardist, he played with Billy Preston's group The God Squad, Leon Russell's Gap Band, and toured with The Rolling Stones.

1999 Anita Carter (of The Carter Family) dies at age 66 after years of drug treatment for rheumatoid arthritis irreparably damages her liver, kidneys, and pancreas.

1995 Les Elgart, swing jazz bandleader and trumpeter who performed the American Bandstand theme "Bandstand Boogie," dies of heart failure shortly before his 78th birthday.

1993 Eddie Guzman (drummer for Rare Earth) dies from complications of diabetes at age 49.

1988 Pete Drake, Nashville record producer and session guitarist who played with the likes of Bob Dylan, Don Gibson, and Marty Robbins, dies of emphysema at age 55. Known for the 1964 hit "Forever" with his groundbreaking use of a talk box for the pedal steel guitar.

1987 Michigan governor James Blanchard declares today "Four Tops Day" in honor of the Motown legends.

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Grease Soundtrack Slides In At #1

1978

The Grease soundtrack hits #1 in the US, thanks to the hits "You're the One That I Want" and "Summer Nights."

The 1978 movie musical Grease, adapted from the Broadway smash of the decade, will be the top-grossing film of the year, but the public falls in love with the soundtrack months before the movie is even released. Tracks like "Grease," performed by Frankie Valli, and "You're The One That I Want," an upbeat duet between John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, both peak at #1 on the pop chart and boost anticipation for the film's release. Soon after, the singles "Summer Nights" and "Hopelessly Devoted To You" land in the Top 10 and, two months after Grease hits theaters, the soundtrack shoots to #1 on the albums chart. Despite being an American film about American teens rebelling against American culture of the 1950s, the album is also a huge success in the UK, where it peaks at #1. Except for "Greased Lightnin'" trailing at #11, all of the singles peak in the Top 10 on the UK pop chart, with "You're the One That I Want" dominating the #1 spot for a record-breaking nine weeks. Back in the US, the soundtrack is the second-best-selling album of the year, rivaled only by the soundtrack from another Travolta film: Saturday Night Fever. Newton-John's ballad "Hopelessly Devoted To You" earns the film an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.

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