21 September

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21 SEPTEMBER

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2017 To thwart low payouts on YouTube, Post Malone releases a version of his latest single, "Rockstar," that is just the chorus looped five times. Comments are disabled, and users are offered a link to hear the full version on more profitable platforms.More

2016 The day before dropping his single "Starboy," The Weeknd releases a photo showing his new haircut.More

2016 The songwriter John D. Loudermilk, who wrote the #1 hit "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)," dies at age 82.

2013 Douglas Grassel (rhythm guitarist for Ohio Express) dies from fibrosis of the lungs at age 64.

2012 No Doubt release the album Push and Shove, their first release in 11 years. Lead singer Gwen Stefani explains that they "made the record of their lives," so why rush it?

2011 John Du Cann (of Atomic Rooster) dies of a heart attack at age 65.

2009 Sam Carr, blues drummer of the Jelly Roll Kings, dies of congestive heart failure at age 83.

2004 Chris Tomlin releases his breakthrough album, Arriving. It will go on to peak at #3 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart.

2001 The film Glitter, starring Mariah Carey as a singer looking to make it big, is released in theaters. Carey earns a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress; her appearances in Precious (2009) and The Butler (2013) get much better receptions.

2000 Canadian rock group the Matthew Good Band is the big winner at the MuchMusic Video Awards, Canada's annual music video competition. The Vancouver, British Columbia-based group collects prizes for Best Rock Video and Best Video for its "Load Me Up" single.

2000 Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks re-form as Genesis for a one-off performance at the London Hilton during the British Music Roll of Honour gala, organized by the Music Managers Forum. The act's manager, Tony Smith receives the Peter Grant Award for outstanding achievement at the event.

1999 Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails earns the first #1 in its career, as The Fragile debuts at the top of The Billboard 200, easily outpacing all other competitors in a market crowded with new releases.

1999 An HBO live music show called Reverb makes its debut with performances from Alanis Morissette and Everlast.

1999 While being searched at London's Heathrow Airport, Diana Ross allegedly assaults the security guard in question and is detained for five hours.

1998 The Fireman, Paul McCartney's trance music duo with producer Martin Glover, release their second album, Rushes. Says Glover: "Linda [Paul's wife] was very ill, and by the time we'd finished it she was dying, and for me it became very much a requiem for her."

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Yusuf Islam (Formerly Cat Stevens) Denied Entry Into US

2004

Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), is denied entry into the United States when he shows up on a terrorist watch list, accused of funding terror groups.


Islam, traveling with his 21-year-old daughter, is aboard a plane headed from London to Washington, DC when it is diverted to an airport in Bangor, Maine. They are taken off the plane, separated, questioned, and sent back to England the next day. Screening procedures in America have become secretive, indiscriminate and nonsensical in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Many travelers have horror stories related to their run-ins with airport security, but Islam's deportation puts a public face on the problem, exposing the ludicrous system. Islam, whose songs include "Peace Train" and "Moonshadow" (and also "I'm Gonna Get Me A Gun," but but that was written for a musical about Billy The Kid), is a high-profile pacifist who has denounced the terrorist attacks. At first he thinks it's a case of mistaken identity, but it becomes clear that he is seen as a threat, and nothing he can say will convince the immigration officials otherwise. A week later, the Los Angeles Times publishes a scathing editorial from Islam, who writes: "Is this the same planet I'd taken off from? I was devastated. The unbelievable thing is that only two months earlier, I had been having meetings in Washington with top officials from the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives to talk about my charity work. Even further back, one month after the attack on the World Trade Center, I was in New York meeting Peter Gabriel and Hillary Rodham Clinton at the World Economic Forum! Had I changed that much? No. Actually, it's the indiscriminate procedure of profiling that's changed. I am a victim of an unjust and arbitrary system, hastily imposed, that serves only to belittle America's image as a defender of the civil liberties that so many dearly struggled and died for over the centuries."

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