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2013 Taylor Swift poses for photos with KYGO radio DJ David Mueller before her concert in Denver. She later accuses him of putting his hand up her dress, and Mueller is fired. In 2015, he sues her, but Swift countersues and wins a sexual assault case against him. "He grabbed my bare ass," she says in her testimony.

2011 Pink and her husband, Carey Hart, welcome their first child, a daughter named Willow Sage.

2011 Jazz pianist/composer Ray Bryant (of The Ray Bryant Combo) dies at age 79.

2010 After being awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, Paul McCartney sings "Michelle" to First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House performance.

2008 Bo Diddley dies of heart failure at age 79.

2006 Vince Welnick (keyboardist for The Tubes, Grateful Dead) commits suicide at age 55 after a long battle with depression.

2006 Jackson Browne, Dar Williams and Pete Seeger play a hayloft in Garrison, New York, to kickstart Orleans founder John Hall's congressional campaign.More

2003 A painting of Kylie Minogue wearing gold hot pants causes tempers to fray among drivers in Brighton. Artist Simon Etheridge put up the almost life-size picture in his own Art Asylum gallery as part of a Festival and since then motorists have caused regular traffic hold-ups as they stopped to take a second look.

2002 Pop Idol winner Will Young's version of The Doors' 1967 classic "Light My Fire" hits #1 on the UK singles chart.

2002 The wedding ring that Paul McCartney had given his fiancée Heather Mills ends up thrown out of the window of the hotel where the couple is staying in Miami. Hotel staff use metal detectors to find the $25,000 ring the next day. Despite the quarrel, Paul and Heather go ahead with the wedding.

2002 Rockabilly singer-songwriter Boyd Bennett (of the Rockets), known for the '50s hits "Seventeen" and "My Boy, Flat Top," dies of a lung ailment at age 77.

2002 S Club 7 member Hannah Spearitt announces she is quitting the group two months after her boyfriend and band member Paul Cattermole had left the group.

2001 "Lady Marmalade," a #1 US hit for Labelle in 1975, returns to the top spot with a cover featured in the movie Moulin Rouge! This version is produced by Missy Elliott and features Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim.

2000 Western swing bandleader Adolph Hofner dies less than a week before his 84th birthday.

1999 Junior Braithwaite (of Bob Marley's Wailers) is gunned down in front of a fellow musician's home in Kingston, Jamaica. Junior, age 47, is the third Wailer to be murdered, following Peter Tosh and Carlton Barrett's 1987 deaths.

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Music Industry Takes Stand Against Racism On "Blackout Tuesday"


The music industry recognizes "Blackout Tuesday" in response to the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Using the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused, many record labels and artists cease operations, while broadcasters and streaming services change their programming in support of efforts to address racism and injustice on a wide scale, and more specifically to end police brutality against African Americans.

The movement came to life just a day earlier when the Atlantic Records marketing executives Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas posted a call to "intentionally disrupt the workweek... in observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the boulevard." Using the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused, it spread throughout social media when big-name artists like The Rolling Stones, Billie Eilish and Eminem posted it. Protests sprung up across America in the days following George Floyd's death on May 25, 2020. An African American, he was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when a white police officer restrained him for nearly nine minutes by pressing his knee into Floyd's neck as other officers looked on and bystanders shouted their concerns while recording the whole thing. On Blackout Tuesday, all three major labels and many of their artists shut down operations and replace their homepages and social media with #TheShowMustBePaused hashtag. MTV and VH1 go dark for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the length of time Floyd was on the ground with a knee on his neck. Spotify inserts 8:46 tracks of silence into some playlists as recognition, but Apple is more strident, replacing their usual array of playlists with a message supporting the movement and a button to "listen together," which leads to a stream of songs related to black empowerment and the fight against injustice (lots of Public Enemy). The BBC lends support by replacing programing on many of their stations with music from black artists and discussions about how to address the issue.



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