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.
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 Seventeen 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 "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.
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.
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.
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 Rock band Powderfinger dominates the 15th annual Australian Record Industry Association awards with six victories at Sydney's Capitol Theatre.
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.
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.
After doing an a capella rendition of the Bob Marley song "War" with some lyrics changed to be about child abuse, Sinéad O'Connor pulls out the photo of Pope John Paul II that once hung in her mother's bedroom and tears it to bits. The audience sits in stunned silence, but the backlash is vociferous. O'Connor becomes the most controversial figure in music, with Catholic groups denouncing her and staging events like an album smashing in New York City. Celebrities speak out against her: Joe Pesci says he would have slapped her if he was on the show; Frank Sinatra says he would "kick her ass if she were a guy." Even Madonna, who recently released a book of nude photos called Sex, chimes in, saying, "I think there is a better way to present her ideas rather than ripping up an image that means a lot to other people." O'Connor also has plenty of supporters who think it's about time someone stood up to the Catholic Church. A few weeks later, the "Sinead Brigade" tears up pictures of the Pope outside of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York in support of "her efforts to expose the Catholic hierarchy as agents of oppression." The SNL theatrics were inspired by Bob Geldof, who tore up a picture of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John when he appeared on the British TV show Top of the Pops. Asked why she did it, O'Connor explains in a Time magazine interview, "It's the office and the symbol of the organization that he represents. I consider them to be responsible for the destruction of entire races of people and the subsequent existence of domestic and child abuse in every country they went into." She goes on to say that in Ireland, "priests have been beating the s--t out of the children for years and sexually abusing them." She reveals that she was a victim of domestic abuse, and was frustrated because her Catholic school did nothing despite her obvious bruises. As for why she chose to lash out by tearing up the photo, she states, "I did it as a symbol of my rejection of what they are teaching people and of my belief that their influence in the world must be torn apart. I accept that tearing the picture can be viewed as a negative attitude, but one has to do what one can do. If I hadn't torn the picture, we wouldn't be having this conversation. Now people will listen to what I'm saying and let me explain what I'm talking about." O'Connor is banned from SNL ("We were sort of shocked, the way you would be at a house guest pissing on a flower arrangement in the dining room," producer Lorne Michaels says), and two weeks later is met with loud mixture of boos and cheers when she takes the stage at a Bob Dylan tribute concert. Instead of singing the Dylan song she was supposed to, she once again belts out "War." A decade later, the Boston Globe reports on widespread sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests and how the church covered it up. This investigation becomes the subject of the 2015 movie Spotlight, which wins the Oscar for Best Picture.
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