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2020 Country trio Lady Antebellum change their name to Lady A to avoid connotations with slavery. "Antebellum" refers to the period before the Civil War in America; the band name referred to the architectural style of Southern homes built during this period.

2011 Lily Allen marries the decorator Sam Cooper in Gloucestershire, England.

2011 Jessie J ruptures tendons in her foot while rehearsing for the Capital Radio Summertime Ball. She does her set the next day from a throne; 13 days later she would perform a seated set once again at the Glastonbury Festival.

2008 Nancy Sinatra appears before the US Congress pleading for legislation that would require all performers, not just songwriters, to get paid for songs played on commercial analog radio.

2000 Busta Rhymes rides atop his own float in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York. "I'm here to thoroughly represent the entire spectrum of the urban community," Rhymes says.

1992 U2 invites ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson to join them onstage at their concert in Stockholm for a rendition of ABBA's 1976 smash "Dancing Queen."

1991 Skid Row release the album Slave To The Grind, the follow-up to their 5-million-selling self-titled debut. It debuts at #1 in America and sells 2 million, but it doesn't have legs: none of the songs catch on with radio or MTV.

1991 Lynyrd Skynyrd return to recording with Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991. It's their sixth album, following Street Surviors, but is their first since the plane wreak take took three band-members lives in 1977. The new lineup initially uses the name "Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991," but eventually has to drop this name after the media and fans essentially ignore it and continue to call them Lynyrd Skynyrd.

1990 The United Nations appoints Olivia Newton-John its first Goodwill Ambassador to the environment. At first, she uses her position to encourage recycling and avoid chemicals harmful to animals, but later takes a more forceful and controversial stand in opposing fracking, which puts her at odds with the Australian mining industry.

1977 KC and the Sunshine Band's "I'm Your Boogie Man" hits #1.

1976 Wild Cherry release "Play That Funky Music."

1976 The Carpenters release A Kind Of Hush.

1971 A drunken Dennis Wilson, drummer for The Beach Boys, accidentally puts his hand through the glass door of his home, severing nerves that keep him from his instrument for the better part of three years.

1969 Dan Lavery (bass guitarist for Tonic) is born.

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Grease Is No Longer The Word: Grease 2 Flops At Box Office

1982

After much anticipation Grease 2, the sequel to the smash 1978 musical, lands in theaters... but crashes and burns.

Four years after John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John led the cast of T-Birds and Pink Ladies in the hit movie Grease (and landed at #1 on the pop chart with the duet "You're The One That I Want"), the sequel Grease 2 premieres in US theaters. The plot is similar, but with a gender flip. This time, unknown actress Michelle Pfeiffer stars as the tough-talking leader of the Pink Ladies, while Maxwell Caulfield is the British newcomer who shakes things up at Rydell High (much like Travolta's bad-boy Danny and Newton-John's sweet Australian import Sandy). Many of Grease's key personnel return for part two, including choreographer Patricia Birch (this time as director), original producers Allan Carr and Robert Stigwood, and music producer Louis St. Louis. Didi Conn cameos as Frenchy, and Eve Arden and Sid Caesar reprise their roles as Principal McGee and Coach Calhoun. Despite all the similarities on and off the screen, Grease 2 is a critical and commercial failure, earning just $15.2 million at the box office (it's predecessor raked in nearly $400 million). The soundtrack doesn't fare much better. While Grease's peaked at #1 in the US and UK, along with a string of hit singles, the Grease 2 album peters out at #71 in the US. The lead single "Back To School Again" only reaches #71 on the pop chart (#62 UK).

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