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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 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.

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.

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

1998 The first Now That's What I Call Music! compilation CD is released in America, with 17 hits from the likes of Hanson ("MMMBop"), Spice Girls ("Say You'll Be There") and Cherry Poppin' Daddies ("Zoot Suit Riot"). Many more follow, typically three per year. The first 29 all go Platinum.

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.

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David Byrne Makes The Cover Of Time Magazine

1986

David Byrne, who has recently directed the movie True Stories (with a soundtrack by his band, Talking Heads), makes the cover of Time magazine under the headline "Rock's Renaissance Man."


The article reflects Byrne's polymath nature, noting his accomplishments in visual media as well as music. Byrne directed the early Talking Heads videos and created the concept for their stage show that became their acclaimed 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense. True Stories though, is a dud, too obtuse for most viewers. Nowhere on the cover is Byrne's band, Talking Heads, mentioned. This exacerbates tensions with the group, who feel that Byrne is downplaying their contributions and hogging all the credit for their accomplishments. The band breaks up after one more album, Naked, released in 1988.

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