26 November

Pick a Day

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2016 The Kensington, Prince Edward Island, police department makes a Facebook post threatening drunk drivers with Nickelback. "On top of a hefty fine, a criminal charge and a year's driving suspension we will also provide you with a bonus gift of playing the office's copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail," it reads. The constable who posted it later apologizes.

2011 English drummer Keef Hartley (of Rory Storm and The Hurricanes, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Keef Hartley Band) dies at age 67.

2011 Sugarland's lead vocalist, Jennifer Nettles, marries her boyfriend of two years, Justin Miller, at a chapel in the foothills of Tennessee's Smoky Mountains.

2010 Duffy releases her second album, Endlessly, in the UK. Unlike her breakthrough debut Rockferry, it gets little attention, with no hit singles.More

2008 Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy album fails to achieve massive first-week sales numbers, and Axl Rose points the finger at Dr. Pepper for not having honored its promise made back in March 2008, when the soda company had offered everybody in the US a free can of soda if Guns N' Roses released in 2008 the album which had been announced by Axl Rose for many years.

2008 Atlantic Records becomes the first major label whose digital sales have surpassed its CD sales. Downloads of music and ringtones now account for more than half of Atlantic's US sales.

2006 Raul Velasco, longtime host and producer of the Mexican variety show Siempre en Domingo (Always On Sunday), dies of complications of Hepatitis C at age 73.

2006 Tony "Panama" Silvester (of The Main Ingredient) dies after a six-year battle with cancer (multiple myeloma) at age 65.

2003 James Carter (of James Carter and the Prisoners) dies at age 77. His lead vocal on the prison work song "Po' Lazarus" earned him $20,000 when it was used in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? in 2000, over 40 years after it was recorded.

2002 Actor and major Elvis fan Nicolas Cage divorces the King's daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, after less than four months, citing "irreconcilable differences."

2002 After nearly 40 years, The Statler Brothers play their last concert ever at the Civic Center in Salem, Virginia.

2001 At the Queen's Royal Command Performance in London, Elton John, Cher and Donny Osmond perform.

2001 Elton John appears on the show Ally McBeal in the "I Want Love" episode.

1999 98 Degrees melds music and commerce in a novel way when the teen act performs several of its songs and sells some exclusive band merchandise on the Home Shopping Network.

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Left Eye Lopes Issues A Challenge

1999

Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes issues a challenge to her TLC bandmates, proposing that they each make solo albums, with the winner determined by sales totals.


Lopes is at odds with her bandmates, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, and the group's producer, Dallas Austin, over her creative contributions. On their third album, FanMail, she felt she was reduced to the role of rapper, with her input discounted. She vents her frustrations in a letter, which is published in Entertainment Weekly: Let it be understood that I am interested in making multimillion-dollar business deals. It seems that my two group members are not. This poses a serious conflict. Therefore, I propose The Challenge. I challenge Tionne "Player" Watkins and Rozonda "Hater" Thomas to an album entitled The Challenge. A 3 CD set that contains three solo albums. Each…will be due to the record label by October 1, 2000. I also challenge Dallas "The Manipulator" Austin to produce all of the material and do it at a fraction of his normal rate. As I think about it, I'm sure LaFace would not mind throwing in a 1.5 million dollar prize for the winner. Billboard will determine the winner. After careful analysis of the tangled political web woven by my associates, I place the burden of TLC's future in their hands. The challenge is on the table ladies and gentlemen. Sincerely, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes The proposal is not unprecedented - Kiss released simultaneous solo albums in 1978 - but T-Boz and Chilli decline the offer. In 2001, the trio patch things up and begin working on their fourth album, 3D, which is partly completed when Lopes is killed in a car accident in Honduras the following year. The album is completed and released later in 2002.

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