2015 As Apple readies to launch its new streaming platform, Apple Music, Taylor Swift writes an open letter to the company threatening to withhold her album 1989 if artists aren't paid their deserved royalties.More
2002 Widespread Panic headline the first Bonnaroo Music Festival, held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. The inaugural four-day event - named for the Creole slang for "good stuff," borrowed from a Dr. John album - focuses on jam bands and folk acts, welcoming Trey Anastasio, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Jurassic 5, and The String Cheese Incident to the line-up.
1988 After a six-month delay while they wait to clear the Star Trek samples used on three tracks (notably Spock's "Pure Energy" on "What's On Your Mind"), Information Society release their self-titled major-label debut album. They quickly become one of the top techno/freestyle acts of the late '80s.
1967 Must be the Summer of Love: There's a free concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park celebrating the Summer Solstice. The Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service all perform.
1948 The Columbia label announces its new technological breakthrough, a "long-playing" vinyl phonograph record that can hold up to 23 minutes of music on a side.
2011 Crossfade return after five years with We All Bleed - the band's first album after being dropped by Columbia Records in 2008.
2011 Bon Iver, the self-titled second album by Bon Iver, is released. The album reaches #2 in the US.
2010 Tam White, the Scottish singer and actor who was the first person to sing live on Top of the Pops in 1975 with a rendition of "What in the World's Come Over You," dies of a heart attack at age 67.
2007 After dating for 18 years, Tony Bennett marries teacher Susan Crow.
2001 Bluesman John Lee Hooker dies of natural causes at age 83.
1994 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony release the EP Creepin on ah Come Up, which eventually goes platinum four times.
1990 Little Richard finally gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Says Richard: "Like everything I got, it took a long time to get."
1990 Exodus release their fourth studio album, Impact Is Imminent.
1988 The Rascals reunite onstage for the first time in eighteen years.
1985 Lana Del Rey is born Elizabeth Grant in New York City.
1982 The first "Fête de la Musique," a music festival also known as "World Music Day," is launched in Paris. Unlike corporate festivals, this one is about street music, and free to the public. The festival returns every June 21 and spreads throughout the world in various forms.
1981 Brandon Flowers (lead vocalist of The Killers) is born in Henderson, Nevada.
1981 Walter Becker and Donald Fagen announce the split of Steely Dan and begin work on solo projects. They would re-form in 1993.
1980 Bert Kaempfert, composer of "Strangers in the Night" and "Moon Over Naples," dies after suffering a stroke at age 56.
1979 Angus MacLise (original drummer for The Velvet Underground) dies of hypoglycemia and tuberculosis at age 41.
The Spice Girls announce that they're getting back together, with the five original Spices reuniting.
With all five of the original members present, the Girls hold a press conference in London to announce they will reunite for a one-off tour. Initially consisting of 11 dates across six continents, the North American and European sections are later expanded to 47 dates, and the other shows across the world are cancelled. The tour makes over $70 million, but does not lead to a permanent reunion. The Spice Girls are one of the biggest "girl bands" in the UK, comprised of five sassy Brits, each with their own style and personality. After their debut single, "Wannabe," from their first album topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic - spearheading the pop-music assault of the "Second British Invasion" - they became huge worldwide stars and remain media darlings despite having not released any new music in eight years. As well as their three studio albums - Spice (1996), Spiceworld (1997), and Forever (2000) - they also starred in a feature film, Spice World, in 1997, which featured cameos from a host of stars including Meat Loaf and Elton John. Although the group never officially split, Geri Halliwell left the band in 1998, and the remaining four members have been on an indefinite hiatus since 2000. The band members have all launched solo careers with varying success. Melanie Brown ("Mel B") topped the British Charts with "I Want You Back" (a duet with Missy Elliott), and Melanie Chisholm ("Mel C") also launched her post-Spice Girls career with a duet, appearing on Bryan Adams' "When You're Gone." Geri Halliwell and Emma Bunton have also had #1 hit singles since leaving the band, but Victoria Beckham has focused on her career as a fashion designer, and as such is the only one of the five who does not perform a solo song in the reunion shows - instead appearing on a catwalk in a mock fashion show.
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