1998 Weeks after Johnny Cash's Unchained wins the Grammy for Best Country Album, his producer Rick Rubin takes out a full-page ad in Billboard with a photo of the singer giving the middle finger along with the text, "American Recordings and Johnny Cash would like to acknowledge the Nashville music establishment and country radio for your support."More
1964 Billboard magazine reports that Beatles records make up 60% of all singles sold.
1958 The first ever Gold Record is awarded for sales of a million copies. It goes to Perry Como's "Catch A Falling Star."
2021 At the Grammy Awards, Taylor Swift wins Album Of The Year for Folklore and Beyoncé takes four awards, making her the most-awarded woman in Grammy history, her 28 trophies surpassing Alison Krauss' 27.
2019 George Michael's art collection is auctioned at Christie's in London, raising about $12 million to continue his charity work.
2016 Sony pays $750 million to Michael Jackson's estate for the King of Pop's half of Sony/ATV Music, a publishing company that owns the rights to some 4,000 pop songs, including 250 Lennon-McCartney tunes from the Beatles catalog. Jackson bought ATV Music in 1985 for $47.5 million and merged with Sony a decade later. Jackson's estate retains the rights to songs written by Jackson.
2014 Gary Burger of The Monks dies of pancreatic cancer at age 71.
2011 Atlanta Rhythm Section lead singer Ronnie Hammond dies of heart failure at age 60.
2011 Electric blues musician Big Jack Johnson dies at age 70.
2009 French singer-songwriter Alain Bashung dies of lung cancer at age 61.
2008 Stone Temple Pilots announce they are reuniting for one final tour.
2008 In London, Ex-Foundations member Peter MacBeth is sentenced to six years on pedophilia and sexual assault charges.
De La Soul release their debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising. The sample-heavy, paisley-powered LP becomes a hip-hop landmark, establishing a mellow, groovy new style.
The trio - Posdnuos (Kelvin Mercer), Pasemaster Mase (Vincent Mason) and Trugoy the Dove (David Jolicoeur) - are from Amityville in Long Island, New York, not exactly a hip-hop hotspot. Instead of bellicose brags or comedic capers, they take it slow and easy, a style they call the D.A.I.S.Y. Age (DA Inner Sound, Y'all). None of the many samples on the album were cleared, as the practice is still new. This plunges the group into hot water when The Turtles sue over the sample of "You Showed Me" that appears throughout the track "Transmitting Live from Mars." The suit, which is eventually settled, puts the kibosh on uncleared samples.
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