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2016 Justin Timberlake and Gwen Stefani lend their voices to the animated film Trolls. Timberlake plays Branch, a paranoid troll who's in love with a princess, while Stefani is resident disc jockey DJ Suki.

2015 Gwen Stefani and country singer Blake Shelton, co-stars on The Voice, officially announce they are dating. Stefani recently separated from her husband, Gavin Rossdale.

2003 Skid Row's Sebastian Bach starts his recurring role on Gilmore Girls in the episode "The Festival of Living Art," as a guitarist who joins Lane Kim's band.

2001 Michael Jackson's Invincible becomes his seventh #1 album (as a solo artist) in the UK.

2000 At the Palace Theatre in Los Angeles, System Of A Down play a benefit concert for the Armenian National Committee of America where they introduce a handful of new songs - including "A.T.W.A.," "Psycho" and "Shimmy" - that appear a year later on their second album, Toxicity.

2000 Jazz drummer Vernel Fournier, aka Amir Rushdan, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 72.

1998 Amazon.com forms the program "Advantage For Music," which allows unsigned artists and independent labels to sell music online.

1997 The first-ever Soundgarden "best of" compilation is released, A-Sides.

1997 Capitol Records releases the four-disc set The Pet Sounds Sessions, chronicling the creation of The Beach Boys' classic 1966 LP. In addition to a remastered version of the original album, it also contains outtakes, unreleased tracks, and a capella tracks.

1995 Michael Jackson premieres his new single "Earth Song" on the German celebrity game show Wanna Bet?

1994 Fred "Sonic" Smith (of The Sonics, MC5), plagued by poor health, dies of heart failure at age 45.

1993 At a memorial service for the actor River Phoenix, Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys has a run-in with a videographer and is later charged with battery and grand theft (for stealing his tape). He is sentenced to 200 hours of community service.

1992 Elton John and Bernie Taupin sign a $39 million songwriting deal with publishing giant Warner/Chappell, the largest such deal up to that time.

1990 The musical tribute Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story opens on Broadway.

1989 "Listen To Your Heart" by the Swedish pop-rock duo Roxette is a #1 hit on the Hot 100.

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My Bloody Valentine release Loveless

1991

Irish alt rockers My Bloody Valentine release Loveless, an album that defines the shoegazing genre and simultaneously drives guitarist Kevin Shields to the brink of insanity.

With Shields at the production helm, the band spends nearly three years putting the finishing touches on the album, going through 19 recording studios and nearly as many engineers to capture new sounds that bewilder and enthrall their fans. On tracks like "Only Shallow," Shields turns his guitar's tremolo bar into an art form, calling the strumming technique "glide guitar." Released as a single, it is the first MBV song to break through on the US charts, landing at #27 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks. Though the album isn't a huge commercial success (a blow to Creation Records, who accuses the band of running the label into the ground), critics hail it as an instant classic, and the pressure is on to produce an equally innovative follow-up. Despite a new deal with Island Records, the prospect of failure is too intense for Shields, who becomes a veritable recluse and inspires rumors of a mental breakdown, drawing comparisons to Brian Wilson and the notorious unfinished Beach Boys album Smile. After 22 years, the band finally release their next album, MBV, in 2013 to rave reviews.

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