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."
1993 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.More
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.
Blink-182 spin immaturity into gold (or should we say, Platinum) with their third album, Enema Of The State, which catapults the pop-punk trio to stardom with hit singles like "What's My Age Again?" and "All The Small Things."
Enema Of The State is a good representation of what Blink-182 has to offer: awkward memories of adolescence filtered through fast-paced guitar riffs and hyper melodies, laced with lots of toilet humor (including the album title's bowel-cleansing pun of the term Enemy of the State) and frequent nudity. The lead single, "What's My Age Again?", is a testament to their juvenile antics, which are on full display in the music video that has them running naked through the streets of Los Angeles. Bassist Mark Hoppus sings from the perspective of a 20-something whose refusal to grow up ruins his romantic relationships. The follow-up, "All The Small Things," finds guitarist Tom DeLonge lovingly singing about the high school girlfriend he thought he was going to marry. The promo, a clever parody of boy bands and music video cliches, becomes a staple on MTV and wins Best Group Video at the MTV Video Music Awards. Both songs are also hits on the Modern Rock chart and cross over to the Hot 100, with "What's My Age Again?" peaking at #58 and "All The Small Things" soaring to #6. The third single, "Adam's Song," shows a glimmer of maturity that comes to fruition a few years later on their experimental untitled album. The introspective piano ballad, inspired by a tale of teenage suicide, highlights the loneliness the band feels while they're on tour away from their loved ones. Within a few months of its release, Enema Of The State earns a Platinum certification for a million copies sold in the US. Sales reach 5 million by 2001, the same year they release their fourth album, Take Off Your Pants And Jacket.
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