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2013 Fleetwood Mac cancels the remaining dates of their world tour after co-founder John McVie is diagnosed with cancer.

2012 Barbra Streisand's album Release Me hits #7 in the US, making her the first artist to have multiple albums in the Top 10 during every decade from the 1960s to the 2010s (her 2011 album What Matters Most made #4). Streisand is the female artist with the most Top 10 charting albums in history.

2011 MTV reboots Beavis and Butt-Head, which went off the air in 1997, for another season.

2007 Led by the "Werewolves Of London"/"Sweet Home Alabama" mashup "All Summer Long," Kid Rock's Rock N Roll Jesus hits #1 in America, giving him his first chart-topping album.

2006 Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth premieres her film Perfect Partner at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

2005 New York rappers Jay-Z and Nas end their longtime feud and promote peace on stage during New York radio station Power 105.1's Power House concert at New Jersey's Continental Airlines Arena.

2005 The family band Cherryholmes gets the entertainer of the year award at the 16th Annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, becoming the first act nominated for emerging artist and entertainer in the same year.

2002 Tom Dowd, who as an engineer and producer worked on classic albums for Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band, Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Ray Charles, dies of emphysema at age 77.

1999 Frank De Vol - known for his '40s arrangements, namely "Nature Boy," and compositions of TV themes for The Brady Bunch and My Three Sons - dies of congestive heart failure in Lafayette, California, at age 88.

1999 KoRn debut their new song "Falling Away From Me" on the season premiere of South Park, "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery." The animated version of the band appears in the episode.

1999 Master P's hoop dream comes to an end. The high-profile rapper, whose real name is Percy Miller, is waived by the NBA's Toronto Raptors, failing to make the pro league for the second straight season. The year before, the Charlotte Hornets waived Miller just before the regular season began.

1998 Lauryn Hill releases her first single as a solo artist, "Doo Wop (That Thing)."

1995 Copycat debuts in US movie theaters. Harry Connick, Jr. plays a murderer who terrorizes Sigourney Weaver and mentors a budding serial killer in the psychological thriller. It's quite a departure for the smooth singer of love songs.

1992 Bo Diddley sues the estate of his former manager, the now-deceased Martin Otelsberg, for $75,000 in misappropriated funds.

1991 Country music singer Lorrie Morgan marries Brad Thompson, a tour bus driver for singer Clint Black. The two met when the singer toured with Black and Merle Haggard in 1990. Black, who married just one week earlier, serves as best man. Morgan and Thompson divorce in 1993.

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Taylor Swift Releases 1989, An Unabashed Pop Album

2014

Taylor Swift issues 1989, her biggest-selling album. The first two singles are monster hits: "Shake It Off" and "Blank Space."

The album is a pure pop turn for Swift, with little trace of the country sound that imbued her early work. The songs are complex and contemporary; Swift got help from a team of heavyweight writers and producers that includes Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Heap, Jack Antonoff and Ryan Tedder. The vagaries of love are a theme, but overall, the lyrics are less personal and more universal than what Swifties are used to. Powered by striking videos and dazzling performances by Swift on the biggest stages, it sells 9 million copies in America and is the best-selling album of 2014. Its success boosts Swift, 24, to new levels of power and influence. In 2015, Vulture estimates her net worth at $200 million; she carries so much clout that when she threatens to withhold the album from Apple's new streaming service, the company assuages her by boosting royalties paid to artists. Swift's "squad" expands to include tastemakers like Lena Dunham, Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne and Lorde. She stays on message in encouraging women to take control of their lives and shake off the liars and dirty, dirty cheats of the world, but she can't please everyone, and the inevitable trolling takes a toll, bringing out her dark side on her next album, Reputation.

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