2021 Kings Of Leon release their album When You See Yourself in a non-fungible token (NFT) auction that also includes digital artwork and "Golden Tickets." Other acts (notably, Grimes) have sold NTF art, but KoL is the first big name to try it with an album and VIP package.More
2013 Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath and rapper Coolio appear on Celebrity Wife Swap, where they send their respective partners to each others' homes. McGrath's wife, Carin, struggles with all the chores she has to do at Coolio's house, while Coolio's girlfriend Mimi - who leaves him just weeks after the episode is taped - squirms under the watchful eye of helicopter parent McGrath.
2009 Michael Jackson announces his "This Is It" series of concerts to be held at the O2 Arena in London. The shows quickly sell out, but Jackson dies before they begin.
2006 "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from the movie Hustle & Flow wins an Oscar for Best Song, just the second rap song to get the award, after "Lose Yourself" by Eminem. Three 6 Mafia become the first rappers to perform at the ceremony.More
2002 MTV launches its new reality television show, The Osbournes, which chronicles the domestic life of heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne and his family. In its first season, it becomes the most-viewed series on MTV.More
1983 Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" hits #1 for the first of seven weeks.
1975 Rod Stewart meets the Swedish actress Britt Ekland when she comes backstage after his concert at the Los Angeles Forum, kicking off an affair that results in a famous song and a nasty lawsuit.More
1953 America learns of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's death when Air Force Staff Sergeant Johnny Cash intercepts a coded message from Russia. Cash enlisted in 1950 after he turned 18 and was assigned to the 12th Radio Squadron Mobile of the US Air Force Security Service at Landsberg, West Germany, where he proved his skill as a Morse Code operator.
2013 In a Czech court, Lamb of God lead singer Randy Blythe is acquitted of manslaughter. He was charged with pushing a fan to his death at a 2013 LoG concert in Prague; in 2012 he was arrested when the band returned to the country for another show.
2007 Three years after publishing their well-received debut album Funeral, Arcade Fire release Neon Bible.
1999 Trauma Entertainment files a $40 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against the members of Bush for failure to deliver their next album.
1995 Viv Stanshall of Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band dies in a fire at age 51. Stanshall was asleep in his North London home when an electrical fire broke out.
1994 Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane is arrested at her home in Tiburon, California for pointing a loaded gun at police officers responding to reports of a domestic dispute. She will be sentenced to community service and forced to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
1992 Soundgarden play the first of two nights at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington. Both nights are filmed, and several songs turn up in November as part of the Motorvision home video, with additional tracks eventually turning up as part of the 25th Anniversary edition of Badmotorfinger in 2016.
1984 Howard Jones' debut album, Human's Lib, is released in the UK, where it rises to #1.
1983 Cliff Burton plays his first show with Metallica, at the Stone in San Francisco, California.
1982 John Belushi of The Blues Brothers, 33, dies of a drug overdose in his bungalow at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. Belushi had been injected with a speedball, a mixture of cocaine and heroin.
1981 Songwriter E.Y. "Yip" Harburg ("Over The Rainbow") dies in a car accident at age 81.
1977 18-year-old Kate Bush writes "Wuthering Heights" after catching the end of a BBC adaptation of Emily Bronte's novel of the same name. The ethereal tune becomes her debut single the following year and hits #1 in the UK.
1974 Smokey Robinson appears on NBC-TV's Police Story.
1971 Led Zeppelin begins their "Thank You" tour of small clubs that supported them when they started out, charging the same prices they charged in 1968.
Visiting a music-production class at N.Y.U., Pharrell Williams is blown away by a song called "Alaska" by Maggie Rogers, a senior at the university. "It's singular... your whole story I can hear it in the music," he tells her.
Rogers wrote the song after taking a sojourn to Alaska in 2013. She refined it at N.Y.U., where Pharrell was an artist-in-residence. In June, the video of Pharrell listening to the song and giving Rogers high marks goes viral, with Pharrell one of many to tweet it. Rogers signs a deal with Capitol Records, which issues the song as her first single from her EP Now That the Light Is Fading. Her first full-length album, Heard It in a Past Life, follows in 2018. That year, Rogers makes a number of TV appearances, including as musical guest on Saturday Night Live, and develops a substantial fan base, proving Pharrell's instincts were on the mark.
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