2008 R. Kelly is innocent! After a six-year legal battle, he's acquitted of all charges after less than a day of deliberations in his child pornography trial. Prosecutors had argued that a video tape mailed to the Chicago Sun-Times in 2002 showed Kelly doing horrible things with a 13-year-old girl.
2005 After a five-month trial, Michael Jackson is cleared of all charges of child molestation.
1988 Paula Abdul's debut album, Forever Your Girl, is released. An accomplished cheerleader and choreographer, she proves successful as a singer as well, as the album produces four #1 hits: "Straight Up," the title track, "Cold Hearted" and "Opposites Attract."
1970 Rivers Cuomo (lead vocalist/lead guitarist for Weezer) is born in Manhattan, New York City. He is raised on an ashram (spiritual hermitage) in Pomfret, Connecticut.
1967 Colin Hay, 14 years old, arrives in Australia with his family, who have left Scotland for better opportunity. He forms the band Men at Work, which becomes one of the most popular acts in the country.
2010 Country music singer Jimmy Dean dies while watching television at age 81 in Varina, Virginia.
2000 Sinead O'Connor releases Faith and Courage, her first studio album in six years.
1998 During the Dave Matthews Band set at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in Washington, DC's RFK Stadium, concert-goer Lysa Selfon is struck by lightning. With help from an off duty paramedic, she is revived and eventually makes a full recovery.
1995 Fear Factory issues their second full-length effort, Demanufacture. Produced by Colin Richardson, the album spawns such industrial-metal classics as the title track, "Replica," and a cover of Head of David's "Dog Day Sunrise."
1989 Jerry Lee Lewis gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1985 R&B singer Raz B (of B2K) is born De'Mario Monte Thornton in Cleveland, Ohio.
1972 39-year-old Clyde McPhatter, who performed with The Dominoes and founded The Drifters before starting a solo career, dies in his sleep after years of alcohol abuse left him with heart, liver, and kidney disease.
1970 Bread release the soft rock classic "Make It With You."
1968 David Gray is born in Sale, Cheshire, England.
1963 Paul De Lisle (bassist for Smash Mouth) is born in Exeter, Ontario, Canada.
1962 Rick Nelson records "It's Up To You."
1958 Frank Zappa graduates from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, California (also the alma mater of Captain Beefheart).
1957 Rolf Brendel (drummer for Nena) is born in Hagen, Germany.
Platten, 34, released her first album in 2003 and was thinking of calling it quits when she wrote "Fight Song" as motivation to keep her dreams alive. She was still unsigned when she released the song in 2014. In early 2015, a Baltimore radio station started playing it, and data showed that listeners were Shazaming it like crazy trying to figure out who was singing it. This gave Platten some punch, and Columbia Records gave her a deal, with wide distribution and promotion for the single.
When Swift introduces Platten to her 50,000 fans in Philadelphia, she says, "In music, there's such a thing as a breakout moment for a brand new artist, where they come out of nowhere and all of a sudden everybody is singing this song. The song I'm referencing is a song called 'Fight Song.'"
After the show, the song makes a steady rise up the Hot 100 to #6, becoming the surprise hit of the summer. Many listeners use it for inspiration, including Hillary Clinton, who adopts it as the theme song of her presidential campaign.
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