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2020 Thanks to a swell of views from children home during the coronavirus pandemic, "Baby Shark" overtakes "Despacito" as the most-viewed video in YouTube history, with a little over 7 billion views.

2015 80-year-old Johnny Mathis returns home from an Ohio concert to find his iconic Hollywood Hills mansion, built by billionaire Howard Hughes in 1946, engulfed in flames. The fire consumes nearly all of the singer's possessions, save for a few mementos.

2014 English clarinetist Acker Bilk, known for the 1962 instrumental hit "Stranger On The Shore," dies at age 85 after years of health issues that included throat cancer, bladder cancer, and a stroke.

2013 'N Sync reunites for Chris Kirkpatrick's wedding, as his four bandmates serve as groomsmen for his nuptials to Karly Skladany.

2012 Brian Eno's new album LUX is previewed for travelers at Tokyo International Airport, a fitting move for a composer whose 1978 album Ambient 1: Music for Airports was designed for such purpose.

2007 In Glasgow, a reunited Verve play their first show since 1998. The band part ways again in 2009.

2007 A right of passage for any up-and-coming British musical act, Laura Marling makes her debut on Later…with Jools Holland, performing the songs "Ghosts" and "New Romantic" before a live studio audience. The former Squeeze founder's late night music variety show has become an institution in the UK, and many other networks rebroadcast it around the world.

2006 Justin Timberlake hosts the MTV Europe Music Awards, where he also wins for Best Male Artist and Best Pop Artist. Gnarls Barkley wins Best Song for "Crazy."

2006 Surprising no one, Shakira is the big winner at the seventh annual Latin Grammy Awards, taking home four statues during the ceremony at Madison Square Garden. The Colombian pop star wins song and record of the year awards for "La Tortura," a duet with Spaniard Alejandro Sanz. She also receives trophies for female pop vocal album and album of the year for her Spanish-language Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1.

2005 Depeche Mode is forced to cancel their tour opener in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after Hurricane Wilma devastates the area.

2003 David Cassidy guest stars on FOX's Malcolm in the Middle, where he plays aging teen idol Boon Vincent. Of the character, Cassidy says: "I drew from my experiences meeting the most egotistical, egocentric human beings who have ever dawned on a stage."

2001 Country singer Buddy Starcher, known for the 1965 spoken-word recording "History Repeats Itself," dies at age 95.

2001 Gorillaz' "Clint Eastwood" and Fatboy Slim's "Weapon Of Choice" each take three trophies at the Billboard Music Video Awards.

1999 Lil Wayne's debut studio album, Tha Block Is Hot, shoots to #1 on the Billboard albums chart and goes on to sell 1.4 million copies worldwide.

1998 President Clinton gives his first in-depth interview since the White House sex scandal to Black Entertainment Television talk show host and political commentator Tavis Smiley on the network's BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley.

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Stevie Wonder Hits #1 22 Years After First Topping The Chart

1985

"Part-Time Lover" hits #1 on the Hot 100, 22 years after Stevie Wonder first topped the chart in 1963.

Wonder's first #1 on the chart was "Fingertips (Part 2)" in 1963, a live stomper recorded when he was 12 years old. "Part-Time Lover" is a different beast: a song about two people who are cheating on each other, and one of the first recorded on digital equipment. Wonder kept up a torrid pace in those 22 years, becoming one of the best-selling and most celebrated artists of that time span. His musical output slowed a bit in the early '80s as he waged a successful campaign to get Martin Luther King Jr's birthday declared a national holiday in the United States. His duet with Paul McCartney, "Ebony and Ivory," was one of the top songs of 1982, and "I Just Called To Say I Love You" was a huge hit in 1984. "Part-Time Lover" is his last #1 on his own, although "That's What Friends Are For," his collaboration with Dionne Warwick, Elton John and Gladys Knight, hits the top in 1986. Musically, "Part-Time Lover" is influenced by two songs recorded by Wonder's Motown labelmates The Supremes: "You Can't Hurry Love" and "My World Is Empty Without You." Lyrically, it has some basis in real life, as Wonder recalls a time when a man would call his house and try to disguise his voice when Stevie answered (a pitfall for straying lovers in the pre-cellphone era). Wonder's record of longest time between first and last #1 hits lasts until 1988, when the revived Beach Boys (without Brian Wilson) hit #1 with "Kokomo."

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