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2022 Bad Bunny releases Un Verano Sin Ti, which debuts at #1 in America and spends 10 (non-consecutive) weeks at the top of the US albums chart. It's only the second entirely Spanish-language album to top the chart, following his previous album, El Último Tour Del Mundo, in 2020.

2015 Adele dresses up like George Michael for her 27th birthday. "I was my hero," she Tweets.More

2014 "The Heart Of Man Is Like A Mine," a lost song from German composer Felix Mendelssohn, is performed for the first time in over a century and a half by alto Amy Williamson and pianist Christopher Glynn on BBC's Today.

2013 Lauryn Hill is sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion. She begins serving the sentence in July.

2009 Donald "Ean" Evans (longtime bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd) dies of lung cancer at age 48 in Columbus, Mississippi.

2008 In Central London, Mark Saunders, a barrister, Oxford-educated, very secure financially, and married to an equally successful woman, takes a shotgun and fires at random from his kitchen window. Police arrive promptly, and after a siege lasting more than five hours, marksmen open fire on him, and he is shot dead. At the inquest in October 2010, it is ruled he was killed lawfully, and one of the firearms officers involved in the siege is accused of inserting song titles into his evidence. The officer concerned is known only as AZ8, and the songs concerned include "Enough Is Enough" by Barbara Streisand and Donna Summer, "Line Of Fire" by Journey, and "F--k My Old Boots (Robo Cop And Seacombe)" by The Membranes. AZ8 is cleared in March 2011 of doing this with intent. Obviously he had Faith in the British system of Law And Order, the police having to Shoot Shoot a man who was Ticking until he went off Like A Hurricane.

2008 Cher begins her "Cher at the Colosseum" shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, planning to play 200 concerts over three years. The run ends in February, 2011 with 192 performances, since eight were canceled.

2006 Australian alt-rocker Grant McLennan (of Go-Betweens) dies of a heart attack at age 48.

2004 Guitarist Barney Kessel, who played on many Billie Holiday recordings, dies at 80.

2003 Fall Out Boy release their debut album, the pop-punk effort Take This To Your Grave.

2002 Rock and roll songwriter Otis Blackwell dies at age 71 of a heart attack.

2001 Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and his wife Skylar have their second child, a son named Layne.

1996 Backstreet Boys release their self-titled debut album to international markets, aiming to tap into Europe's fascination with boy bands. A US release comes the following year.

1994 Donna Summer appears on an episode of Family Matters, playing Steve Urkel's shy Aunt Oona (from Altoona). Oona comes out of her shell when she belts out "Last Dance" at karaoke.

1993 The IRS confiscates personal property from Jerry Lee Lewis' home in Mississippi and later auctions it off to help pay the $1.6 million he owes in back taxes.

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Pearl Jam Vs Ticketmaster

1994

Pearl Jam cancel their summer tour when they can't find enough venues that won't use Ticketmaster, leading to a battle between the band and the ticketing behemoth.


Pearl Jam, the hottest band in the land, has no trouble filling stadiums, but those venues have deals with Ticketmaster, which charges exorbitant fees the band finds unacceptable. Fans generally despise Ticketmaster, which became the only major operator when they bought rival Ticketron in 1991, but bands typically put up with them, since the fees don't come out of their pockets. Pearl Jam is a very fan-focused band though, and in order to keep the total cost of their shows under $20, they try to bypass Ticketmaster, an effort that fails. Pearl Jam accuses the company of being a monopoly and files a memo with the Justice Department. On June 30, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament appear at a congressional hearing on the issue, where they issue a statement that reads in part: We have made a conscious decision that we do not want to put the price of our concerts out of the reach of many of our fans. Moreover, we do not want to be responsible for teenagers, who may be influenced by peer pressure to feel that they must see Pearl Jam perform, spending more money for that concert ticket than they can really afford. All of the members of Pearl Jam remember what it is like not to have a lot of money, and we recognize that a teenager's perceived need to see his or her favorite band in concert can often be overwhelming. The issue gets a lot of media attention, but in the end, Ticketmaster wins: nothing comes of the congressional action, and Pearl Jam has to sell tickets on their next tour using the company. In 2010, Ticketmaster merges with Live Nation, extending their reach even further.

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