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2020 Billie Eilish pulls off Where Do We Go? The Livestream, the first large-scale virtual concert with extended reality (XR) effects, which immerse and interact with the performers (Eilish, her brother Finneas, and drummer Andrew Marshall), and shift scenes from song to song. Tickets cost $30.

2017 Marilyn Manson boots longtime bassist Twiggy Ramirez from his band in response to allegations from Jack Off Jill singer Jessicka Adams that he raped and abused her.

2017 Fats Domino passes away at age 89 in his home in Harvey, Louisiana.

2016 Bobby Vee dies at age 73 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. In 1961, he had a #1 hit with "Take Good Care Of My Baby."

2016 Photographer, artist, and lyricist Jeremy Ayers passes away after having a seizure and falling into a short coma. He had been a pivotal part of the Athens, Georgia, art scene and penned the lyrics for "52 Girls" by the B-52s, and "Windout" and "Old Man Kensey" by R.E.M.

2013 Tina Turner, who has obtained citizenship in Switzerland, where she has lived since 1995, relinquishes her United States citizenship.

2012 R&B singer Bobby Brown is arrested in Los Angeles, California, for a DUI ticket - after a similar incident in March of the same year in which he'd pleaded no contest and agreed to attend rehab. This time he is released on bail.

2008 In Chicago, Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother are shot and killed in their home by her sister's estranged husband, William Balfour. The body of her 7-year-old nephew is found three days later.

2008 Pianist/keyboardist Merl Saunders dies of infections caused by a stroke in San Francisco, California, at age 74.

2007 Backstreet Boys release Unbreakable, their first album without Kevin Richardson.More

2006 Taylor Swift releases her self-titled debut album, a collection of country-pop tunes the singer wrote during her freshman year of high school. Led by the Top 20 single "Tim McGraw," it peaks at #5 on the Albums chart and becomes the longest-charting album of the 2000s in the US, logging 157 weeks by 2009.

2006 To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its best-selling album, Def Leppard reissues Hysteria as a two-CD package. Beyond a remastered edition of the original album, the new edition includes a bonus disc with a host of non-album tracks first issued during the period.

2001 Kim Gardner (bass guitarist for Ashton, Gardner & Dyke) dies of cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 53.

2000 Lenny Kravitz releases his Greatest Hits album. Peaking at #2, the release marks his highest entry on the US albums chart. It also features the track "Again," which earns him his third consecutive Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.

2000 Past Country Music Association entertainer of the year and ex-Hee Haw host Roy Clark joins the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

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Linkin Park Release Hybrid Theory

2000

Linkin Park release their debut album, Hybrid Theory. Bolstered by the hit "In The End" and the Grammy Award-winning "Crawling," it becomes the best-selling album of 2001.


Hybrid Theory takes its name from the band's former moniker. It also represents the amalgamation of different styles that comprise their sound, which is evident on their third single, "In The End." The pop-friendly nu metal song opens with a somber piano riff that leads to Mike Shinoda's rapping on the verses and frontman Chester Bennington's explosive vocals on the chorus. Lyrically, it taps into the hopelessness of a situation that seems impossible to change, with Bennington wailing, "In the end it doesn't even matter." But it doesn't end there. Producer Don Gilmore, helmed Good Charlotte's debut that same year, didn't want the band to get mired in negativity and self-loathing and pushed them to write lyrics that were honest but entertaining. Shinoda tells Vulture the band wanted to connect with fans through hardship but ultimately give them hope: "The songs were like, If you feel this way, come together. We always talked about a catharsis. They got to get out all these negative and difficult thoughts and emotions." For example, on their previous single, "Crawling," Bennington sings lyrics about his issues with drug addiction and insecurity but does so from a place of personal responsibility. "Crawling" wins the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance and, along with "In The End," which peaks at #2 on the Hot 100, helps Hybrid Theory sell nearly 5 million copies in the US. It's the best-selling album of 2001.

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