2004 Teenage English soul star Joss Stone becomes the youngest female solo artist to top the British albums survey as Mind Body & Soul debuts at #1. The 17-year-old's second release, and first full-length album, bows ahead of Top 10 entries by Marilyn Manson, Tom Jones and Brian Wilson.
2003 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.More
2000 Benjamin Orr (bassist/singer for The Cars) dies of pancreatic cancer in Atlanta, Georgia, at age 53.
1992 Sinéad O'Connor, famous for her hit song "Nothing Compares 2 U," goes way off script during her Saturday Night Live appearance, declaring "Fight the real enemy" and tearing up a picture of the Pope.More
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apple took a lot of time off after finishing her tour in 2000. For a few years, she did nothing except write a song about doing nothing: "Waltz (Better Than Fine)." I don't believe in the wasting of time But I don't believe that I'm wasting mine After a while, she came up with some songs and her producer, Jon Brion, convinced her to record them. They put the album together, but Apple needed more time for the songs to ferment in her brain and got cold feet when it came time to deliver it. "I rushed right from writing the songs to recording them, so I didn't know what I wanted them to sound like," she explained in an iTunes Originals session. "Most of the time when I have a song, I live with it for a long time and have an idea of what I want it to turn out like. I didn't have ears for my own songs, and it was scary. The stuff we did was beautiful, but it wasn't what I had in mind, and I didn't know what I had in mind because I hadn't had time to figure that out. It did not have the right heartbeat." When it became clear they weren't getting this album, Apple's record company, Sony, asked her to pick another producer and try again. She chose Mike Elizondo, who played bass on her previous album and had produced Gwen Stefani and Mary J. Blige. But before they could start, Sony imposed conditions: When they finished a song, they had to submit it to the label for feedback before they could start working on a new one. Apple refused, and the album appeared doomed, but then leaked versions of the tracks started appearing online and fans started a "free Fiona" campaign to put pressure on the label. It worked, and Sony agreed to fund the sessions on Apple's terms. She, Elizondo, and co-producer Brian Kehew recorded for about two months in smooth and productive sessions. "Waltz (Better Than Fine)" and the title track were used from the original sessions with Jon Brion; the other tracks were all from the Elizondo/Kehew sessions. The album doesn't have any hits (Apple's music is too eclectic), but fans and critics love it. Standout tracks include "Better Version of Me," which came about when Apple learned about the word "rubicon"; and "Parting Gift," a message to her ex-lovers. Apple makes the rounds of interviews and talk show appearances, and tours into 2007, but then goes back into hibernation. Her next album, The Idler Wheel..., is released in 2012.
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