3 October

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2016 Nickelodeon premieres the animated series Kuu Kuu Harajuku, produced by Gwen Stefani, about a group of girls who make music and fight evil. Stefani introduced her "Harajuku Girls," inspired by the neighborhood in Tokyo, on her solo debut, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. and has integrated her love of the culture in her clothing and perfume lines.

2014 Thirty-seven years after its release, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album is certified Double Diamond by the RIAA for sales of over 20 million in the US. It is the ninth album to achieve the certification.

2006 Skillet releases their sixth studio album, Comatose. It's the Christian rock band's first gold-certified album, selling half a million copies. By 2016, sales reach one million, which earns the album platinum status.

2006 "Listen to Your Heart," the power-ballad written by Per Gessle and Mats Persson, scoops a raft of prestigious honors at the 2006 BMI London Awards, presented at the Dorchester Hotel. Among other honors, the track receives the organization's highest accolade, the Robert S. Musel Award, for the most-performed song of the year.

2005 Fiona Apple releases her third album, Extraordinary Machine, her first since When The Pawn... in 1999. The album was finished and slated for release in 2003, but Apple had second thoughts and put it on hold. After a leaked version appeared on the Internet in 2005, she re-recorded the songs and finally released the album.More

2004 Tom Waits releases Real Gone, his fifteenth studio album. Featuring several political songs, including an "elliptical" protest against the Vietnam War titled "Day After Tomorrow," it's voted best album of 2004 by Harp Magazine.

2004 VH1 holds its first Hip-Hop Honors, giving awards to DJ Hollywood, DJ Kool Herc, KRS-One, Public Enemy (who also perform), Rock Steady Crew, Run-D.M.C., Tupac and The Sugarhill Gang.

2003 The film of the benefit concert The Concert For George, an all-star tribute to the recently deceased ex-Beatle George Harrison, opens in US theaters.

2001 Keith Urban goes home to Australia to accept a special Aria Award - roughly the equivalent to a Grammy in the US. Urban receives the Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of sales and chart success in the US.

2001 Rock band Powderfinger dominates the 15th annual Australian Record Industry Association awards with six victories at Sydney's Capitol Theatre.

2000 45-year-old Mark David Chapman, the man who twenty years earlier fired five shots into John Lennon's back, faces the parole board. Parole for John Lennon's murderer is denied, with the board stating that letting him free would "deprecate the seriousness of the crime."

1999 Tom Jones charts a UK #1 album for the first time in 25 years when his set Reload hits the top spot. Joining the 59-year-old Jones on the album are Robbie Williams, Stereophonics, Barenaked Ladies and the Pretenders.

1997 Sugar Ray are grounded when lead singer Mark McGrath hurts his leg in Bologna, Italy on the first date of their European tour, which is postponed.

1995 The Youngbloods frontman Jesse Colin Young's house in Port Reyes, California burns to the ground in the Mount Vision wildfires. His song "Ridgetop" is about the house.

1990 Charles Freeman, who owns the E-C Records store in Fort Lauderdale, is convicted of selling obscene material after selling a copy of the 2 Live Crew album As Nasty As They Wanna Be two days after it was ruled obscene in a federal court. His punishment: a $1000 fine.

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School Of Rock Premieres


School of Rock opens in theaters, starring Jack Black as a musician who poses as a substitute teacher and forms a band with the students. Classic rock abounds in the film, with teachable moments soundtracked to "Highway to Hell," "Smoke on the Water" and even "Immigrant Song" - a track secured after Black made a video literally begging Led Zeppelin to let them use it. The movie is also notable for featuring Miranda Cosgrove's acting debut.

Director Richard Linklater scouted the country for Black's class of budding rockers. One of his most promising finds was 10-year-old Los Angeles native Miranda Cosgrove. In her first credited acting role, the future iCarly star plays Summer Hathaway, whose voice is so out-of-tune she's given the non-musical role of band manager. In reality, she could actually sing and had to be taught how to give a bad performance. Inspired by her experience on the film, Cosgrove buys herself a pink paisley Fender Telecaster and starts taking guitar lessons. Black's portrayal of the exuberant rocker-turned-teacher, however, is the film's highlight, earning him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. The School of Rock soundtrack makes a meager showing on the albums chart, peaking at #95, but fares much better on the Top Soundtracks tally, landing at #6. The album is also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.



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