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2016 Leon Russell, 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, dies in his sleep at age 74.

2015 A Tribe Called Quest re-issue their debut album, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, and perform "Can I Kick It?" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, making their first TV appearance in 15 years. It is their last-ever performance, as Phife Dawg dies four months later.

2012 Soundgarden release their sixth album, King Animal, their last with Chris Cornell.

2012 RCA Records releases a greatest hits album to commemorate the late Whitney Houston, who died in February 2012. The album, titled I Will Always Love You - The Best of Whitney Houston, includes all 11 of her #1 Billboard charting hits.

2012 Brian Eno releases his first solo album in seven years, LUX, on Warp Records. It marks his first intervention as autonomous composer, compared to his previous purely generative albums.More

2005 Liz Phair guest stars on the Charmed episode "Battle Of The Hexes," performing the song "Somebody's Miracle."

2005 At his concert in Anaheim, California, Paul McCartney plays "Good Day Sunshine," which is beamed into space to wake up astronauts on board the International Space Station.

2004 Ol' Dirty Bastard (of Wu-Tang Clan), real name Russell Tyrone Jones, dies of a drug overdose at age 35.

2004 After several years of feuding, the rap group A Tribe Called Quest gets back together for a reunion show at the Rock the Bells festival. It's also the night when their friend and fellow rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard from the Wu-Tang Clan dies. A Tribe Called Quest opens their show with a tribute to ODB and performs some of Wu Tang's songs to start the set.

2002 William "Bill" Berry, trumpeter for Duke Ellington and The Merv Griffin Show band, dies after a yearlong battle with lung cancer at age 72.

2002 Michael Stewart (guitarist for We Five) commits suicide at age 57, though it was first reported that he died of a long illness.

2000 Trisha Yearwood donates a Starlight Fun Center to Vanderbilt University Children's Hospital. The mobile entertainment center includes a TV monitor, VCR and Nintendo 64 game unit, and can be rolled up next to a child's bed.

2000 Alejandro Sanz caps a triumphant week when he wins awards for Spanish male artist and Spanish album at the Premios Amigo. The week before Sanz won identical awards at the 47th Premios Ondas.

2000 The Beatles sanction their first official website at thebeatles.com.

2000 In the UK, The Beatles release 1, a compilation of 27 British and US #1 tracks.

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Shakira Trades Spanish For English On Laundry Service

2001

With the help of Gloria Estefan, Colombian-born songstress Shakira releases her first English-language album, Laundry Service. It features the Top 10 hit "Whenever, Wherever."


Shakira, a native of Barranquilla, Colombia, became a Latin-pop sensation through her hit Spanish-language albums, Pies Descalzos and Donde Estan Los Ladrones, and was ready to make the leap to the English-language pop market with her next album. Emilio Estefan, her manager and producer, knew how to break a Latin star, having launched the career of his superstar wife, Gloria Estefan. The only problem was, Shakira didn't speak English. Despite working with a language coach, she was still hesitant about the project until Gloria helped her translate the Spanish lyrics into English. "I had to express all those experiences that I was going through in another language. It was quite a challenge and a little scary, but then it became an adventure, an interesting expedition to the unknown," Shakira recalls. Shakira's label wanted to tack a few English songs on a Latin album, but Gloria fought hard to get the full project greenlit, knowing it would be the singer's big shot for worldwide stardom. It works. Laundry Service - named for the soul-cleansing properties of Shakira's two passions, love and music – hits #3 on the US albums chart. It also spawns Shakira's first Hot 100 entry, the Latin-infused worldbeat love song "Whenever, Wherever," which peaks at #6.

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