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2020 Shazam announces the most-Shazamed songs in history. The Top 5: 1) "Dance Monkey" - Tones and I 2) "Prayer In C" - Lilly Wood & The Prick 3) "Let Her Go" - Passenger 4) "Wake Me Up" - Avicii 5) "Lean On" by Major Lazer

2016 Peter Gabriel launches the "Imprisoned For Art" campaign, an effort to free prisoners around the world who have been sent to jail for opposing their governments. More

2014 Soul singer Jimmy Ruffin dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 78. His hits include "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" (1966) and "Hold On (To My Love)" (1980).

2006 R&B singer Ruth Brown dies after suffering a heart attack and stroke at age 78. Known for '50s hits like "So Long," "Teardrops From My Eyes," and "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean."

2006 Icelandic rock act the Sugarcubes take the stage in Reykjavik for the first time in 14 years. The group, whose most famous alumnus is Björk, reassembles to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its debut single, "Birthday."

2003 Songwriter and country musician Don Gibson dies of natural causes at age 75. Wrote the country standards "Sweet Dreams" and "I Can't Stop Loving You."

2003 Soul singer Arthur Conley dies of intestinal cancer in Ruurlo, Netherlands, at age 57.

2003 After collapsing on stage during a concert in London, Meat Loaf is rushed to a nearby hospital with what a publicist terms "exhaustion due to a prolonged viral infection" but what is actually an irregular heartbeat requiring emergency surgery.

2003 Tori Amos releases her first compilation album, Tales Of A Librarian.

2003 Let It Be... Naked, a stripped-down version of The Beatles' Let It Be album, is released. Phil Spector produced the original, and the new release removed his lavish strings and other accoutrements.

2000 Nickelodeon releases the film Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, an event significant in the music world because its soundtrack includes "Who Let The Dogs Out" by Baha Men. The song becomes a worldwide hit, charting in the Top 10 in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. It even becomes the unofficial anthem for New Year's Eve parties going into 2001.

1998 The Offspring release their fourth studio album, Americana, with the hit "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)."

1998 Retailers in the US are hit with a wave of superstar releases on what the industry dubs "Super Tuesday." Among the sets released are Garth Brooks: Double Live, Whitney Houston's My Love is Your Love, Mariah Carey's #1's, Jewel's Spirit, and three soundtracks associated with the animated film The Prince of Egypt.

1997 Shania Twain's second album, The Woman in Me, is certified Diamond for sales of 10 million copies.

1995 The Monkees, sans Mike Nesmith, guest star on the Boy Meets World episode "Rave On," with Peter Tork playing Topanga's father, Jedediah Lawrence.

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Aerosmith Loses Rolling Stone Cover To Their Opening Act, Guns N' Roses

1988

Guns N' Roses get the cover of Rolling Stone with the headline, "Hard-Rock Heroes." The magazine compiled the story that summer when the band was on tour as the opening act for Aerosmith. Aerosmith assumed they were getting the cover, but by the end of the tour, their opening act had become much more popular.


In July, when GN'R began their gig opening for Aerosmith on the Permanent Vacation tour, their debut album Appetite for Destruction had been out a year, gradually building momentum. Their first two singles, "It's So Easy" and "Welcome To The Jungle," went nowhere, but when "Sweet Child O' Mine" was released in June, it caught on in a big way. In August, the album hit #1 in America; "Sweet Child O' Mine" reached the top spot in September. Guns N' Roses was the biggest band on the planet, but they were also an opening act. Aerosmith has quite a story, emerging from fractious drug abuse that buried the band in the mid-'80s with a hit album and some solid singles to go with it, including "Rag Doll" and "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)." Clean and sober, they've found a new generation of fans and are MTV fixtures despite their advanced age. Rolling Stone had plans to put them on the cover when they dispatched a team to cover the tour, but their support act proved far more compelling. To Aerosmith's dismay, it's GN'R they're after, and they get the cover with a story declaring, Finally, some bad boys who are good. Aerosmith's days of drunken debauchery are over, but Guns N' Roses' are just getting started. The article opens with Axl Rose kicking a hole in a wall and Izzy Stradlin hurling Duff McKagan's bottle of vodka across the room, immediately showing remorse because it's a shame to waste alcohol. It's a look at the combustible nature of the band, which will play out over and over again until their mid-'90s breakup. Despite the snub, Aerosmith take a shine to the Gunners, who act like they did in their 20s. GN'R isn't allowed to use drugs in their presence, and in return, Aerosmith doesn't preach sobriety, although they do drop a hint of what's to come by giving them tour T-shirts with rehab centers they've attended listed in place of concert venues. Guns N' Roses get even bigger, reaching new levels of decadence with their 1991 Use Your Illusion albums and the vainglorious video for "November Rain." Aerosmith stays clean and continue their comeback, charting their first #1 single in 1998 with "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing."

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