4 November

Pick a Day


In Music History

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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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Paul Simon Releases Hearts And Bones


Paul Simon releases Hearts and Bones, his sixth solo album. The title track is about his new bride, the actress Carrie Fisher.

The album was conceived as a Simon & Garfunkel project and slated to be their first release since Bridge over Troubled Water, the best-selling album of 1970. With the working title Think Too Much, it's a widely anticipated return for the duo that doesn't materialize when Simon decides to make it a solo effort. Response is tepid, and it stalls at #35 in the US. The next few years are a roller coaster for Simon, who splits with Fisher and goes to South Africa (defying an embargo) to work on his next album, Graceland.



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