2017 Thanks to the song by Eminem, the word "stan" is added to the Oxford American Dictionary, defined as "an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity."
1985 Sting releases his first solo album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles. Tracks include "Moon Over Bourbon Street" (inspired by the novel Interview With The Vampire) and "Russians," a song that looks at the Cold War from the perspective of the USSR.
1981 Brandi Carlile is born in Ravensdale, Washington.
1976 The Runaways release their eponymous debut album. Billed as the first all-female hard-rock band, the disc has little domestic success, peaking at #194. However, the band are hugely successful in Japan, hitting the #1 spot with their single "Cherry Bomb."
1972 Aretha Franklin's live album Amazing Grace, a collection of spirituals recorded at a church in January, is released. Anchored by Franklin's stunning rendition of "Amazing Grace," it becomes her best-selling album.
2013 American Idol alums Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young get married at Los Angeles' Luxe Sunset Boulevard hotel. DeGarmo was a runner-up to Fantasia Barrino in Season 3, while Young was a finalist in Season 5.
2008 A fire at Universal Studios Hollywood destroys thousands of master tapes controlled by Universal Music Group, including recordings by Joni Mitchell, Elton John, B.B. King, Neil Diamond, Nirvana and Eminem. The extent of the loss is not revealed until years later.
2007 Tony Thompson (lead singer of Hi-Five) dies at age 31 after accidentally inhaling a toxic amount of freon.
2007 Contemporary musicians record their own versions of songs from The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's album to mark 40 years since it was released. Acts including Oasis, Travis, The Fray, Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, Bryan Adams and The Magic Numbers all work with Geoff Emerick - the engineer in charge of the original 1967 sessions - using the original analogue 4-track equipment to demonstrate the techniques employed for the recording at Abbey Road studios in 1967.
2006 The UK Albums chart turns 50 years old, and in a survey by the book of British Hit Singles and Albums and NME, Definitely Maybe by Oasis is voted the greatest album of all time. The Beatles come in second and third place with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Revolver; OK Computer by Radiohead is fourth and (What's the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis comes in fifth.
2006 Spanish singer and actress Rocio Jurado dies of pancreatic cancer at age 59.
2005 White Stripes singer Jack White marries his girlfriend, British model Karen Elson, in a canoe on the Amazon in Brazil.
2005 Crazy Frog's "Axel F" hits #1 on the UK singles chart.
2003 Staind's 14 Shades Of Gray hits #1 on the US albums chart. It's the meat in the sandwich of three chart-topping albums for the group, following Break The Cycle (2001) and preceding Chapter V (2005).
2003 Slipknot bass player Paul Gray is arrested after colliding with another car in his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa. Gray, who dies from an overdose on May 24, 2010, is charged with possession of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia, as well drunk-driving.
2001 The movie Moulin Rouge!, directed by Baz Luhrmann, opens in theaters. There's lots of music in the film, including covers of "Nature Boy" by David Bowie, "Diamond Dogs" by Beck, and "Lady Marmalade" by Missy Elliott, Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink, which goes to #1 in America. Kylie Minogue makes an appearance as the Green Fairy.
2001 Rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow is sentenced in a Manhattan court to 10 years in prison for his part in a 1999 nightclub shooting.
2000 Dixie Chicks play the first night of their 85-date "Fly" North American tour at Winnipeg Arena in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
2000 The film Honest, starring three of the All Saints, is pulled by cinemas after a disastrous showing at the box office.
10,000 Maniacs become the first act to appear twice on MTV Unplugged. The network has a policy against return engagements, but when they learn that Natalie Merchant will be leaving the band, they book them.
The group first appeared on the show during its first season in 1990. In 1992, the group recorded their most successful album, Our Time in Eden. During the sessions for that album, Merchant told the band she was leaving, but agreed to stay on for a while longer. The news was kept under wraps, and when they record the show April 21, 1993, only the band and a few insiders know of her imminent departure. The show goes over very well, punctuated by a stirring cover of "Because The Night" featuring a string section. The song was written by Bruce Springsteen but first recorded by Patti Smith, who altered the lyrics a bit to give it a female perspective. This is the version Merchant sings. MTV puts the clip in rotation, and on October 26, the appearance is released as the album 10,000 Maniacs MTV Unplugged. By this time, Merchant has been out of the group for a few months, and the album provides a nice retrospective of their career. It becomes their top seller, moving over three million copies. The "Because The Night" performance is released as a single, and in February 1994 charts at #11, by far the group's most successful song. Merchant makes it clear that she wishes her former bandmates well as she sets off solo. "There is no ill will between the members of the group. This is a natural passage for which I've prepared." After taking some time off, Merchant issues her first solo album, Tigerlily, in 1995. It's well-reviewed and sells over 5 million copies thanks to the hit singles "Carnival" and "Wonder." 10,000 Maniacs carries on with new lead singer Mary Ramsey, but never comes close to their Merchant-era success.
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