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2020 Rock pioneer Little Richard dies of bone cancer at the age of 87. Over the course of his legendary career he recorded some of America's most recognizable songs, including "Tutti Frutti," "Long Tall Sally," and "Good Golly Miss Molly."

2017 Italian trance DJ Robert Miles dies in Ibiza, Spain, at age 47 after a short illness.

2014 Michael Jackson's second posthumous album, Xscape, is released.

2014 Hunter Hayes breaks the record for most concerts performed in different cities in a single day when he plays 10 shows in 24 hours.

2013 The RIAA starts counting streaming toward its Gold and Platinum awards, with 1,500 album streams equal to one album sale (a "unit"), and 150 song streams counting for one song sale.

2013 Rocker Sixto "Sugar Man" Rodriguez receives an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from his alma mater, Wayne State University, Detroit.

2010 Cyndi Lauper is the ninth contestant booted off Season 9 of The Celebrity Apprentice.

2005 The music video for Stevie Wonder's "So What The Fuss" is issued with a descriptive audio track by Busta Rhymes for the visually-impaired.

2003 The Eagles, trimmed to a four-man lineup (Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit) after parting ways with Don Felder, start their Farewell I tour in Richmond, Virginia, the title a mocking reference to the many "farewell" tours that aren't really. They play 168 dates on the tour over a span of three years.

2000 Bad Religion release their 11th full-length studio album, The New America. It's the band's final release on Atlantic Records and their final recording with drummer Bobby Schayer, who had been a member of Bad Religion since 1991. On The New America, guitarist Brett Gurewitz (who left Bad Religion in 1994, but eventually rejoined the band in the next year) co-wrote the song "Believe It" with frontman Greg Graffin.

1998 Blues musician Lester Butler dies of a heroin and cocaine overdose at age 38.

1998 Brian Wilson plays his first ever solo concert (no Beach Boys) at a show in St. Charles, Illinois.

1989 In an interview with The Washington Times, Public Enemy's "Minister of Information," Professor Griff, blames Jews for "the majority of wickedness that goes on across the globe."More

1979 Pierre Bouvier (lead singer, guitarist for Simple Plan) is born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Sizzle With Stadium Arcadium


The Red Hot Chili Peppers release their ninth album, Stadium Arcadium. Featuring the hit singles "Dani California" and "Snow (Hey Oh)," it's their first album to hit #1 in the US.

Stadium Arcadium is praised for incorporating a range of styles from the band's long and storied career, from their early days of funk-punk rappers obsessed with power chords to alt-rock icons with a penchant for melodic songwriting and psychedelic guitar riffs. The two-disc album, says bass player Flea, is "the sum of everything we are as a band." The Tom Petty-vibed lead single, "Dani California," is also an amalgamation of sorts - with the title character being a combination of all of frontman Anthony Kiedis' past lovers. The follow-up, "Tell Me Baby," pairs the funk-rock flavor of their breakthrough Blood Sugar Sex Magik with their melodic sensibilities in the story of a disillusioned fame-seeker. "Snow (Hey Oh)" is an upbeat track about starting over, while the fourth single, "Desecration Smile," a folk-rock testament to the power of love. The last single, "Hump De Bump" is a funky jam featuring Flea's Dizzy Gillespie-like trumpet. Under the helm of longtime producer Rick Rubin, the band took a year to record the album at The Mansion in Los Angeles. For the fractious foursome, the easygoing sessions were a welcome change to their usual dynamic. "This time," Kiedis tells Spin, those egos - and when I say 'those egos,' I mean all of us - were feeling decent and confident, respectful, as excited about the others guys' stuff as we were about our own. If someone came in with a great chord change for a song or a great rhythm or a great groove, by the time it was finished, everybody had jazzed all over it, and it had become a real community piece of property." The Peppers' new-found maturity pays off: Stadium Arcadium sweeps charts across the globe, including the US, where it becomes their first #1 album. It also takes home a number of Grammy Awards, including the prizes for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (for "Dani California") and Best Rock Album.


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