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2016 Tom DeLonge reveals his true reason for leaving blink-182: to investigate UFOs. In an interview with Mic, the "Aliens Exist" singer claims the truth is out there: "There's been hundreds and hundreds of thousands of eyewitness accounts. Trace evidence that's been analyzed by scientists across the world. Events have happened on the ground. It's all around us. I know of stuff I can't talk about right now."

2016 Red Hot Chili Peppers release The Getaway, their first album since 2011 and their first since 1991 without Rick Rubin producing - Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton is the producer.

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2008 The Offspring release Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace - their first album in nearly five years.

2006 Rolf Harris is honored with a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II.

2006 Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones enters rehab to kick his drinking habit, but recovers in time to join the band on their latest world tour a month later.

2002 U2 guitarist The Edge gets married for the second time, this time to Morleigh Steinberg, the belly dancer on their 1992-1993 Zoo TV tour.

1999 Suffering from depression, Screaming Lord Sutch commits suicide at age 58. The singer, who also founded the UK political party Official Monster Raving Loony Party, worked with several artists, including Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck.

1997 Switchfoot's debut album, The Legend of Chin, is released under the independent label Re:think Records.

1997 Sugar Ray releases Floored, including their breakthrough hit "Fly."

1995 Rod Stewart sets an attendance record at Wembley Stadium in London when 83,000 fans attend his concert. The record holds until 2009, when U2 draws 88,000 on their 360 tour.

1989 Pop singer Simone Battle (of G.R.L.) is born in Los Angeles, California.

1989 Ringo Starr announces the second annual line-up of his All-Starr Band, featuring Billy Preston, Joe Walsh, Dr. John, Nils Lofgren and Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, and The Band's Levon Helm and Rick Danko.

1987 Kendrick Lamar is born in Compton, California. At 8 years old, he watches Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre film their "California Love" video in his neighborhood and decides he wants to be a rapper.

1987 Rod Stewart becomes the proud parent of his fourth child, daughter Ruby, from his girlfriend, model Kelly Emberg.

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Shakira Lands First #1 With Hip-Shaking Single

2006

Shakira lands her first #1 hit on the Hot 100 when her single "Hips Don't Lie," featuring Wyclef Jean, reaches the top of the tally. It also breaks the record for the most-played pop song in a single week when it's aired on American radio 9,637 times.

"Hips Don't Lie," the second single from her album Oral Fixation, Vol. 2, is more than a cute title. For the Colombian singer-songwriter, it's a mantra that helps determine if a song has that special something. "Best case scenario, it's my hips who predict if it will be a hit!," she claims. The seductive song was based on the tune "Dance Like This," which Wyclef Jean wrote and recorded with R&B singer Claudette Ortiz for the 2004 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights soundtrack, but went nowhere. When Jean was tasked to remix Shakira's hit "La Tortura," he had a gut feeling it was the wrong project – for the right artist. The rapper had a hunch the Latin superstar with a penchant for belly dancing could take his own song to new heights. He was right. Although Shakira has been heating up the US Latin charts for over a decade, "Hips Don't Lie" is her first #1 hit on the Hot 100 (the highest she climbed was #6 with "Whenever, Wherever" in 2001). It also secures the top spot in the UK, Australia, France, Germany and Japan, among others. The week of its release, it's played 9,637 times on American radio, breaking the record for most-played pop song in a single week in the nation's history.

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