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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.

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 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 violates the copyright of the bassist Wyman, who legally took the name at age 28 in 1964. No lawsuit is ever filed.

2002 The posthumous George Harrison album Brainwashed is released, his first since Cloud Nine in 1987. Harrison had been working on the album before his death; it was completed by his son Dhani.

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.

1999 Doug Sahm (frontman for Sir Douglas Quintet) dies of a heart attack in Taos, New Mexico, at age 58.

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.

1997 John Denver's last recording, The Unplugged Collection, is released.

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Blink-182 Grow Up On Untitled Album

2003

Blink-182, the pop-punk purveyors of gross puns with album titles like Enema Of The State and Take Off Your Pants And Jacket, prove they're all grown up when they choose to leave their fifth album, an experimental art project, untitled.


After flexing their creative muscles on side projects - with guitarist Tom DeLonge and drummer Travis Barker going post-hardcore with Box Car Racer, and Barker also joining the rap-rock outfit the Transplants - the blink bandmates reunite for an anything-goes album that defies expectations. They explore darker subjects, experiment with effects, and incorporate instruments not typically found in a punk studio. "Feeling This," the album opener and its first single, is a testament to their new mindset. The sexual anthem - which opens with Barker's John Bonham-style drums - finds DeLonge and bassist Mark Hoppus dueting about the physical and emotional aspects of the intimate act against a Latin-inspired backbeat. The second single, "I Miss You," is an uncharacteristic ballad that ditches loud guitars in favor of an acoustic electric bass and the cello, with vulnerable lyrics about the pain of lost love. "Down" and "Always" continue the love theme, with the latter taking its cue from '80s New Wave with copious guitar effects and synthesizers. Conceived as a quiet little art project, the untitled album blows up. It debuts at #3 in the US, where it sells a million copies in less than two months. Although the band regards the album as the one that defined their career, it also marks their breaking point. With tensions growing over creative differences and the desire to spend more time with their growing families, they announce an indefinite hiatus in 2005 - which ends after four years when Barker barely survives a horrific plane crash. Their next album, Neighborhoods, arrives in 2011, eight years after its predecessor.

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