21 June

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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.

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Taylor Swift Writes Open Letter To Apple

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.


Swift, who already pulled her catalogue from Spotify over compensation issues, learned artists would not be paid royalties during Apple Music's first three months and took to social media to air her concerns to her nearly 60 million followers. In the letter, titled "To Apple, Love Taylor," the singer expresses her admiration of the tech giant before taking them to task for shortchanging artists to offset the three-month free trial for its subscribers. "I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company," she writes. She implores Apple to change its mind before it's too late. "We don't ask you for free iPhones," she states. "Please don't ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation." Likely fearing other major artists would follow Swift's lead and take a substantial bite out of Apple Music, the company changes its tune. "WE HEAR YOU @taylorswift13," Apple's senior vice-president of internet services, Eddy Cue, tweets. "Apple will always make sure that artists are paid."

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