2003 Acting on the sexual abuse allegations of a 12-year-old boy who had visited the home, approximately 70 members of California's Santa Barbara County sheriff's and district attorney's offices raid Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. The singer is in Vegas filming a video at the time.
1994 The Rolling Stones become the first rock act to stream a live concert on the Internet, webcasting a portion of a show from Dallas, Texas.
1987 CBS agrees to sell its record division to Sony for $2 billion, giving the Japanese electronics giant control of the Epic, Columbia and Portrait labels. Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, George Michael, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson are among the artists who fall under CBS, the world's largest record company.
1968 A group called Pogo, which includes Randy Meisner, Jim Messina and Richie Furay, debuts at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. They change their name to Poco to avoid legal action over the comic strip Pogo.
2017 AC/DC founder and guitarist Malcolm Young dies at age 64 after suffering from dementia for the last three years of his life.
2016 Metallica issue their 10th album, Hardwired... To Self-Destruct.
2016 Sharon Jones of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings dies at age 60 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
2014 Dave Appell, a session guitarist and arranger who produced hits for Tony Orlando & Dawn, dies at age 92.
2012 At the 2012 American Music Awards (the 40th anniversary of the event), Justin Bieber wins Artist of the Year.
2008 American Idol winner David Cook releases his self-titled debut album.
2006 With the aid of a private jet, Jay-Z plays seven 30-minute sets across the US in one day to promote his comeback album, Kingdom Come.
2004 Cy Coleman, composer, songwriter, and pianist, dies of a cardiac arrest at age 75. With Carolyn Leigh, wrote pop hits like "Witchcraft" and "The Best Is Yet To Come," both popularized by Frank Sinatra.
2003 Composer, songwriter Michael Kamen dies of a suspected heart attack in London, England, at age 55. Known for his innovative arrangements in pop music ("Here Comes the Rain Again") and film scores and songs (with Bryan Adams: "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You," "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?").
2002 Shania Twain issues her fourth album, Up!. It's her last album produced by her husband Mutt Lange, as the couple divorce in 2010. Up! sells an astounding 11 million copies in America, which is still only half the tally of her previous album, Come On Over.
2002 Bill Wyman, former Rolling Stones bassist, sends a cease-and-desist letter to a writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution bearing the same name, which the writer was born under in 1961, on grounds that it violated the copyright of the bassist Wyman, who legally took the name at age 28 in 1964. Needless to say, no lawsuit is ever filed.
1999 Doug Sahm (frontman for Sir Douglas Quintet) dies of a heart attack in Taos, New Mexico, at age 58.
1997 Metallica release ReLoad, their seventh studio album.
1997 John Denver's last recording, The Unplugged Collection, is released.
1997 In Bristol, England, Gary Glitter is detained and questioned by police after a computer store repairing the glam star's computer finds it loaded with child pornography.
Nirvana records an MTV Unplugged concert in New York. The show is shot in one take - imperfections and all - and is aired one month later.
Nirvana's Unplugged performance stands in stark contrast to the band's usual stage show, but the energy is no less palpable. Backed by guitarist Pat Smear and cellist Lori Goldston, the band delivers haunting renditions of some of their more plaintive songs, "Something in the Way" and "All Apologies," and Kurt Cobain's solo performance of "Pennyroyal Tea" is a sober, stirring confessional.
The concert includes covers of songs by David Bowie ("The Man Who Sold The World") and The Vaselines ("Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam"), and Cris and Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets join the band on stage as Cobain sings three of their songs. The performance is capped by a blistering cover of Leadbelly's classic "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?"
Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance airs on December 16, less than four months before Cobain is found dead in his Seattle home, victim of an apparent suicide. On November 1, 1994, nearly a year after the original MTV performance, the album MTV Unplugged in New York is finally released. It debuts at #1 on the US Albums chart.
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