2020 The Dixie Chicks change their name to "The Chicks" in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement ("Dixie" is associated with the American South during a time of slavery). Their name was a play on the Little Feat song "Dixie Chicken." The rebranding comes two weeks after another country trio, Lady Antebellum, changed their name to Lady A.
2016 50 Cent is arrested for using the word "motherf-----" during a concert performance in St. Kitts, where it's illegal to use foul language in public. He's granted bail for around $1,800 and is slapped with an unknown fine, though it's probably close to $400, the same price DMX paid for cursing in the Caribbean in 2003. Fiddy's rep blames the DJ, who didn't have a clean version of the offending track.
2012 James Rosemond aka "Jimmy Henchman" is indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, having allegedly ordered a hit on a rival who allegedly assaulted his son. If that doesn't seem like music news, consider that Rosemond was a hip-hop mogul and CEO of Czar Entertainment, manager of such artists as Too Short and Salt-N-Pepa (for their song "Shoop"). Rosemond has also been implicated in the deadly East-West coast "rap war" feud that claimed the lives of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.
2009 Sky Saxon (lead singer of The Seeds) dies at age 71 when an untreated infection leads to heart and renal failure.
1995 During Elastica's set at the Glastonbury Festival, concert-goer Antony Genn jumps on stage and dances naked for about a minute while the band plays on.
1994 With grunge still going strong, Stone Temple Pilots debut at #1 in America with their second album Purple. It holds the top spot for three weeks, dethroned by The Lion King soundtrack.
1993 Weezer sign with DGC Records.
1988 Seventeen-year-old Debbie Gibson hits #1 in America with "Foolish Beat," making her the youngest artist to top the Hot 100 with a song written, performed and produced by herself. The mark stands until 2007 when Soulja Boy goes to #1 with "Crank That."
1988 Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Hillel Slovak dies of a drug overdose at age 26.
1987 Songwriter Boudleaux Bryant dies of cancer at age 67 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He co-wrote many hit songs with his wife Felice Bryant, including The Everly Brothers' "All I Have to Do Is Dream" and "Bye Bye Love."
1975 Frank Zappa's last album with The Mothers of Invention, One Size Fits All, is released.
1974 Mario Calire (drummer for The Wallflowers) is born in Buffalo, New York.
1973 Bobby Darin marries his second wife, legal secretary Andrea Yeager. They divorce just four months later, shortly before Darin's death.
1972 Mike Kroeger (bassist for Nickelback) is born in Hanna, Alberta, Canada.
Fifty-year-old Michael Jackson is found dead in the Los Angeles mansion he is renting. The shocking news spreads quickly through social media outlets, and Jackson is the subject of numerous tributes over the next few weeks.Read more
2014 Beyoncé and Jay-Z kick off their On The Run tour with a show in Miami, with the couple co-headlining. The tour is one of the most profitable ever on a per-show basis, averaging over $5 million per concert.
1993 Nora Ephron's romantic comedy Sleepless In Seattle, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, opens in theaters. With songs from Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, and Harry Connick, Jr., the movie spawns a hit soundtrack and renews interest in standards.More
1967 The Beatles premiere the song "All You Need Is Love" to 400 million people on a worldwide TV program.
1963 George Michael is born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in East Finchley, London, England.
1943 Carly Simon is born in New York City. Her dad is Richard L. Simon, co-founder of Simon & Schuster publishing. (Simon's birthdate is often reported as June 25, 1945, but birth records prove she was born in 1943.)
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