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2018 Carrie Underwood releases her sixth studio album, Cry Pretty, which debuts at #1 in the US. The title track was inspired by the country singer's heartache over a series of traumatic events in her life, including three miscarriages.

2018 Verve Records throws a launch party at the Rainbow Room in New York City to celebrate the release of Tony Bennett and Diana Krall's album Love Is Here To Stay. After the duo performs their rendition of "Fascinating Rhythm," Guinness World Records adjudicator Alex Angert announces Bennett - who first recorded the tune under the stage name Joe Bari over 68 years earlier - is now the title holder for "the longest time between the release of an original recording and a re-recording of the same single."

2017 Fergie and actor Josh Duhamel announce their separation after eight years of marriage. The pair, who share a 4-year-old son, Axl, secretly split months earlier.

2014 A life-size statue of Amy Winehouse is unveiled in Camden Town, London to honor the singer.

2013 John Legend marries the model Chrissy Teigen in Lake Como, Italy. She often serves as his muse, including on his songs "All Of Me" and "You & I (Nobody in the World)." They started dating in 2006.

2007 The Beatles-inspired movie Across The Universe opens.

2006 Marianne Faithfull announces she's undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

2005 Britney Spears gives birth to her first child, Sean Federline.

2005 Tim Foreman, bassist of Switchfoot, speaks out against Copy Protection that Sony have placed on the band's album Nothing Is Sound. Foreman provides fans with a detailed workaround on Switchfoot's message board, although the forum posting is later deleted by Sony.

2004 Arcade Fire release their debut album Funeral.

2004 Megadeth return after a two-year hiatus with The System Has Failed. This was originally intended to be a solo album by the band's founder Dave Mustaine, but due to contractual obligations owed to his publishing company, it had to be billed as a Megadeth album.

2004 Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith of Tears for Fears reunite with the album Everybody Loves A Happy Ending. Their collaboration ended on a sour note in 1989 after the release of their third album, The Seeds Of Love.

2003 Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers undergoes surgery for a triple heart bypass in Liverpool.

2003 Jet release their debut album, Get Born, on Elektra Records. Leading the Australian invasion of the early 2000's with bands like The Vines, the album would go on to sell well over three million copies. The title is lifted from the lyrics of Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues."

2002 Saxophonist Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams dies in New York City at age 87. Known for the 1949 hit "The Hucklebuck."

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Total Request Live Debuts on MTV

1998

MTV debuts Total Request Live, a countdown of the Top 10 fan-requested music videos, hosted by Carson Daly. By the end of its 10-year run, the show is a cultural phenomenon.


The show is an amalgam of the short-lived MTV Live, which featured celebrity interviews and live musical performances, and Total Request, a no-frills lineup of fan-favorite videos. Borrowing the best elements of both programs, TRL combines the appeal of fan-driven content with live entertainment. The show is staged at MTV's newly acquired Times Square studio, where Daly introduces the most-requested videos of the day, and viewers are treated to live performances by acts featured on the countdown. The show is a welcome addition to the network that in recent years had dropped music programming in favor of reality TV like The Real World and Road Rules. Artists lucky enough to land a video on the show see chart boosts and massive spikes in album sales. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Jessica Simpson all debut on the program, while Eminem and Limp Bizkit expand their following by promoting their albums on the show. But New York Times music critic Ann Powers points out that MTV is still in control of what videos get showcased, not the fans, who are merely the world's biggest focus group. "Not every band gets a video anymore," she explains. "And so, the first tier is getting that video at all. Then the next tier is, are you the kind of artist who they think they can bring to a mass artist? Then the next tier is, are you the kind of artist that they think you can break to a mass audience? Only that really tiny, tiny elite gets on Total Request Live." Still, the fans ultimately decide if one of those choice few artists make it or break it on the tally. Says one MTV exec: "The only stuff that we ever make the decisions about are what videos are going to be premiered on TRL. Every week we premiere a number of videos that we deem appropriate for TRL … Sometimes a band'll premiere a video and it won't show up again. The fans vote." The debut episode features a little rock, a little R&B, and a lot of boy band harmonizing: The original TRL Top 10: 10. "Space Lord" by Monster Magnet 9. "The First Night" by Monica 8. "Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls 7. "My Way" by Usher 6. "The Dope Show" by Marilyn Manson 5. "Just The Two Of Us" by Will Smith 4. "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" by Aerosmith 3. "Are You That Somebody?" by Aaliyah 2. "'N Sync" by 'N Sync 1. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" by Backstreet Boys Nearly a decade after the TRL stage goes dark in 2008, MTV resurrects the series in October 2017.

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