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2019 Miley Cyrus plays an exploited pop star in the "Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too" episode of Black Mirror. Her character's hit song is a reworking of "Head Like A Hole" as an empowerment anthem called "On A Roll," which is released as a single in real life with a video that gets over 20 million views on YouTube.

2017 Kesha is rebuffed when she tries to hug Jerry Seinfeld at a red carpet event - turns out he's not a hugger. The video quickly goes viral.More

2015 Shania Twain begins her Rock This Country Tour with a show in Seattle. Billed as her farewell tour, it's her first trek since her 2003-2004 Up! tour.

2013 Rob Halford announces that Judas Priest will be re-forming after their retirement two years earlier.

2013 Doo-wop singer Marshall Sewell (of The Edsels) dies of esophageal cancer at age 75.

2012 Blues singer-songwriter Lou Pride, known for the compositions "Long Arm Of The Blues" and "Love From A Stone," dies after a bout of illness at age 68.

2012 Herb Reed (founding member of The Platters) dies of heart disease, among other ailments, at age 83 in Boston, Massachusetts.

2008 James Taylor sings the US national anthem at Game 1 of the NBA finals in Boston.

2007 Bruce Springsteen releases Live In Dublin.

2006 "Hard Rock Hallelujah" by Lordi is released in the UK.

2006 Elliot Easton of The Cars breaks his clavicle when the band's tour bus swerves to avoid an accident, and Easton falls out of the bunk. Performing with "The New Cars" fronted by Todd Rundgren, he plays four shows in a brace before getting surgery, which ends the tour.

2003 Metallica unleash their album St. Anger, with no guitar solos and one of the harshest drum tones ever committed to tape.

1999 Frankie Laine marries his third wife, Marcia Ann Kline.

1993 Conway Twitty dies of an abdominal aortic aneurysm at age 59 after collapsing while on tour in Missouri.

1993 Toby Keith scores his first #1 country hit when "Should've Been a Cowboy" reaches the top.

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R. Kelly Indicted

2002

R. Kelly is indicted on 21 counts of child pornography, accused of coercing underage girls into sexual acts.


Kelly, who in 1994 was briefly married to the 15-year-old singer Aaliyah, was the subject of a Chicago Sun-Times investigation that led to an inquiry by police. The most damning evidence against him is a videotape purporting to show him engaging in lewd acts with a 14-year-old girl. Kelly denies any wrongdoing and claims the man in the video is not him. After posting bail, Kelly resumes his carrer. He becomes more successful than ever, with a string of Platinum albums, a run of headlining tours, and six Grammy nominations. His trial doesn't begin until 2008; the girl in the video doesn't testify, and some charges against him have been dropped on technicalities. After less than a day of deliberation, the jury returns a verdict of not guilty on all charges. Once again, Kelly goes back to work with few repercussions. He collaborates with a number of big-name artists, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey and Chance the Rapper. Lady Gaga, who teamed up with him on her 2013 track "Do What U Want," says, "The thing we have very much in common is that a lot of people write very untrue things about me, and a lot of people write very untrue things about him." Kelly faces more accusations in 2017 when BuzzFeed publishes a story portraying him as leading a kind of sex cult for underage girls. In 2018, the #MuteRKelly campaign gains momentum as a number of women encourage media outlets to drop associations with him. In 2019, Lifetime airs a mini-series called Surviving R. Kelly, detailing further accusations.

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