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2022 "Gangsta's Paradise" rapper Coolio dies of an apparent heart attack at 59.

2016 Lily Allen's wish to have the man of her dreams throw her over his shoulder and carry her off comes true when she drinks herself into a stupor at the Notting Hill Carnival.More

2012 A judge orders an audit of R&B singer Chris Brown's community-service records. The community service is part of a sentence handed down on his domestic violence charge in his 2009 incident with then-girlfriend Rihanna. While Brown claims to be done with his service, the court thinks some fishy finagling of the numbers happened, showing discrepancies in Brown's claim of having served at Tappahannock Children's Center, cleaning stables at the Richmond Police Department, and inventorying smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.

2010 Bad Religion release their 15th full-length studio album, The Dissent of Man.

2007 It's the day of the 9th Annual "Standin' on the corner festival" in Winslow, Arizona, inspired by the lyrics to "Take It Easy."

2006 The Grascals claim the Entertainer of the Year trophy at the 17th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.

2004 An editorial titled "Something Bad Has Begun" by the former Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, is published in the Los Angeles Times.More

2004 A Beverly Hills tribute concert in honor of Ray Charles, featuring Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald, ]Patti Austin and James Ingram, raises $15 million for Atlanta's African-American institution, Morehouse College.

2001 Celine Dion and Peter Gabriel perform at an American Red Cross benefit concert at Montreal's Molson Centre for victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US.

2000 Ballet For Life, a ballet tribute to late Queen singer and AIDS casualty Freddie Mercury, premieres at London's Sadler's Wells Theatre.

1999 Jean-Michel Jarre announces during a press conference at the Cairo Opera House that he has been commissioned by the Egyptian government to create and perform "The Twelve Dreams Of The Sun," a three-act "electronic opera" to mark the millennium night in the Egyptian desert.

1997 The DVD-Audio format is introduced at the Audio Engineering Society (AES) conference.

1995 Singer Bobby Brown escapes injury in a gun battle that kills his sister's fiance and riddles Brown's car with bullets in Boston's Roxbury section.

1994 Uwe Vandrei, an obsessed fan of Sarah McLachlan who inspired her song "Possession," commits suicide in Ottawa. Vandrei had sued McLachlan for songwriting credit on the track, but the case had yet to reach trial.

1987 The British newspaper The Sun reports that Elton John has had the larynxes removed from his guard dogs so they can't bark, which is untrue. Elton sues the paper and reaches a settlement for about a million pounds and a front page apology.

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Pitch Perfect Predicts A Cappella Revival

2012

The musical comedy Pitch Perfect, about an underdog collegiate singing group, premieres in theaters on the cusp of an a cappella revival. The resurgence includes the debut of the genre's newest phenomenon, Pentatonix.

Pitch Perfect stars Anna Kendrick as Beca, an apathetic freshman at Barden University who stumbles on the fledgling singing group The Barden Bellas. The group needs a major overhaul in their repertoire if they hope to win an upcoming a cappella competition, and Beca becomes their unlikely leader. To bring the stuffy Bellas into the 21st century, Beca swaps their traditional numbers with fun pop songs like Rihanna's "S&M," Miley Cyrus' "Party In The USA" and Ace of Base's "The Sign." Director Jason Moore was adamant that his cast, which also includes Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, and Ester Dean, do their own singing. He explained: "The story is about everyone bringing their own special voice, the way that they sound and the way they perform into the movie, so I needed genuine performances. What's interesting about this genre is that there are no drums and there's no piano to cover up the mistakes, so everybody has to be able to carry the musical tune and do what it takes to make the overall sound work." The film is a huge hit, raking in $115 million dollars on a $17 million budget, and spawns two successful sequels. It also opens the gates for an a cappella revival, which has been building for the last few years. In 2007, the vocal group Straight No Chaser went viral with their a cappella rendition of "Twelve Days of Christmas" and scored a deal with Atlantic Records the following year. In 2009, the FOX TV series Glee, about a high school glee club, sparked a rise in amateur a cappella singing groups. That same year, NBC launched the TV show The Sing-Off, which featured a cappella groups vying for a recording contract. The pop-style harmonizers Pentatonix won the competition in the show's third season and released their debut EP, PTX, Volume 1, a few months before Pitch Perfect hit theaters. In November, a month after the film's release, they release their PTXMas holiday album, which lands at #7 in the US and sells more than 500,000 copies. In 2015, the same year Pentatonix releases their first #1 album, the singers show up in Pitch Perfect 2. The Texas quintet don maple-leaf vests and play a Canadian group competing against the Bellas with a medley of Journey tunes.

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