14 May

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14 MAY

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2017 Johnny Mathis confirms he is gay during an interview with CBS News Sunday Morning, saying, "I come from San Francisco. It's not unusual to be gay in San Francisco. I've had some girlfriends, some boyfriends, just like most people. But I never got married, for instance. I knew that I was gay." He had been reluctant to discuss the issue ever since a 1982 Us Magazine article addressing his homosexuality resulted in numerous death threats toward the singer.

2014 Cubie Burke (singer and dancer of the Chicago soul group The Five Stairsteps) dies of complications from a brain injury at age 49.

2006 Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls has a daughter, Bluebell Madonna Halliwell. The father is her boyfriend Sacha Gervasi.

2006 Ashton "Family Man" Barrett, former bassist with Bob Marley's Wailers, loses a lawsuit alleging that Island Records and Marley's estate have failed to pay him millions in royalties.

2005 Bluegrass musician Jimmy Martin dies of bladder cancer at age 77 in Nashville, Tennessee.

2005 #1 Billboard album: Bruce Springsteen's Devils & Dust

2004 Chris Martin of Coldplay and his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, have a daughter they name Apple.

2002 Rush release Vapor Trails, their 17th studio album and first since the deaths of Neil Peart's daughter and wife five years prior.

2001 After a six-season run, the last episode of Brandy's TV series Moesha airs. This final episode is a cliffhanger, with Moesha learning she is pregnant and her brother getting kidnapped.

1998 George Michael pleads no contest in Beverly Hills Municipal Court to committing a lewd act in a park restroom.

1993 The US tabloid Weekly World News claims that Elvis Presley has only recently died.

1991 Primus' major label debut (and eventual commercial breakthrough), Sailing the Seas of Cheese, is released. The album spawns the alt-rock classics "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver," "Tommy the Cat," and "Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers."

1991 Six months after releasing "Unbelievable" in their native UK, EMF release the single in the Unites States, where it goes to #1.

1988 Atlantic Records' 40th Anniversary celebration takes place at New York's Madison Square Garden, featuring appearances from many famous artists on the label's roster: The Bee Gees, Wilson Pickett, The Rascals, The Coasters, Emerson, Lake And Palmer, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Foreigner, Yes, Genesis, and the event's main attraction, a rare reunion of Led Zeppelin, with John Bonham's son Jason taking over drums for his late father.

1988 Gloria Estefan scores her first US #1 hit when "Anything For You" hits the top spot.

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Every Song From Lemonade Makes The Hot 100

2016

Following the release of Beyoncé's Lemonade, all 12 tracks on the album debut on the Hot 100, breaking Taylor Swift's 2010 record for most songs on the chart at the same time by a female artist.


The chart placings: #10 "Formation" #11 "Sorry" #13 "Hold Up" #18 "6 Inch" (featuring The Weeknd) #28 "Don't Hurt Yourself" (featuring Jack White) #35 "Freedom" (eaturing Kendrick Lamar) #37 "Pray You Catch Me" #38 "All Night" #41 "Daddy Lessons" #43 "Sandcastles" #47 "Love Drought" #63 "Forward" featuring James Blake This is the first time every song from an album has debuted on the Hot 100. It's a result of new distribution models that don't rely on singles - the chart factors in digital downloads and streaming, so any song can land on the chart regardless of whether or not it is deemed a "single." This is a stark contrast to the days when singles were meted out from a hit album over the course of a months, and sometimes over a year.

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