25 October

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2014 Taylor Swift applies to trademark several phrases related to her album 1989, including "Party Like It's 1989," "This Sick Beat" and "Cause We Never Go Out Of Style." When granted, this would give her exclusive rights to use the phrases on an array of items, including pot holders, ornaments and removable tattoos.

2014 Jack Bruce, bassist and founding member of Cream, dies at age 71.

2011 Steven Tyler of Aerosmith falls in a shower during a stay in a Paraguay hotel, knocking out two teeth. A local dentist repairs the famous mouth, and Tyler performs the next day.

2010 Taylor Swift releases her third album, Speak Now. One of the more confessional songs is "Mean," where she takes aim at her critics, including industry insider Bob Lefsetz, who wrote that Swift was "too young and dumb to understand the mistake she made" in performing with Stevie Nicks at the Grammy Awards.

2010 Reggae musician Gregory Isaacs dies of lung cancer in London, England, at age 59.

2009 For their last US tour date in 2009, U2 broadcast live on U2.com. Almost 100,000 see the show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

2006 Diddy scores his first #1 album on the Billboard 200 since 1997 with Press Play.

2004 Renowned BBC DJ John Peel dies of a heart attack in Cusco, Peru, at age 65.

2002 Aretha Franklin's 12-bedroom home outside of Detroit is destroyed by fire, which is later determined to be arson. The building was unoccupied at the time, as Franklin used the home mainly for storage.

2002 Actor/singer Richard Harris dies of Hodgkin's disease in London, England, at age 72. He portrayed Professor Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter movies.

2000 SoundScan announces first-week sales of 1,054,000 for Limp Bizkit's album Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water. It's the last rock studio album to sell a million copies in a week.

2000 Billy Ray Cyrus lends his support to Second Harvest Food Bank when his tour bus stops in 16 different locations on Nashville's Music Row throughout the day to collect food for Harvest 2000; later the same night, he headlines a concert benefiting the charity.

2000 Billy Bennett (drummer for Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs) dies of a heart attack in Sykesville, Maryland, at age 56.

2000 Mounds of pending litigation against it notwithstanding, embattled music file-swapping service Napster continues to expand with the release of a Macintosh-friendly version available for download. The new Mac version comes complete with exclusive features such as file search logs, "drag and drop" capability, and a color scheme that matches the hues on Apple's new iMac models.

1999 Los Angeles sheriff's investigators search for Sandra Ann Rosas, the wife of Los Lobos singer-guitarist Cesar Rosas, after finding her van abandoned in La Puente, California. They arrest her half-brother, parolee Gabriel Gomez, for investigation of kidnapping.

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Dolly Parton Releases Bluegrass Album


As bluegrass music starts to take off in America, Dolly Parton releases The Grass Is Blue. The album gives her career a boost and wins the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.

Dolly, who had her first big hit with the bluegrass song "Muleskinner Blues" in 1970, pays tribute to the mountain music she grew up listening to in Tennessee. She says: "When I did this bluegrass album, there's so much of Dolly in it - Dolly's way of singin', just the way that I phrase and all, but yet, when I sing these songs, that part in my high lonesome soul would remember how the bluegrass people would sing that so it would just naturally come out that way so ... I've always admired, respected and been around true bluegrass musicians and groups and singers and so this was such a natural thing for me to do." Aside from original tunes like "The Grass is Blue" and "Endless Stream of Tears," Dolly takes on folk and bluegrass standards, including the murder ballad "Silver Dagger," Johnny Bond's "I Wonder Where You Are Tonight," Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone," Flatt & Scruggs' "I'm Gonna Sleep With One Eye Open," and the Louvin Brothers' "Cash On The Barrelhead." Her bluegrass spin on Billy Joel's "Travelin' Prayer" earns her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Although the album receives little airplay on country radio, it notches a respectable #24 on the country chart and attracts rave reviews from critics. It also contributes to the steady rise in bluegrass music in America that comes to a head with the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack less than two months later.



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