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2012 Faith Hill becomes the first country artist to debut a song on Twitter when she posts "American Heart."

2011 Pearl Jam wrap up a week-long tribute to Pink Floyd on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with a performance of "Mother."

2011 Marv Tarplin (of The Miracles) dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 70.

2010 After 10 years, the first ever John Lennon museum closes. Located outside of Tokyo, it shuts down because Yoko Ono wants Lennon's spirit to remain in motion, saying, "If the Museum which houses his spirit never moved, it would be a grave, not a Museum."

2008 Hot on the heels of the mega-successful Evolution of Robin Thicke, Robin Thicke's third solo album, Something Else, debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200. The album moves 140,000 copies in the first week.

2008 Disney releases Nightmare Revisited, a cover album of songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas. The new album commemorates the fifteenth anniversary of the film's original 1993 release and features new arrangements by KoRn, Amy Lee of Evanescence, and Marilyn Manson.

2006 Shine On, Jet's sophomore album, is released to mixed reviews. Most notably the indie music website Pitchfork's review is nothing but a video of a chimpanzee urinating into its own mouth. The title track and third single from the record, "Shine On," is a tribute to Nic and Chris Chester's dad, who died from cancer in 2004.

2006 Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young are joined by Dave Matthews (The Dave Matthews Band), Steel Pulse, Gov't Mule, Jerry Lee Lewis, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer for the organization's 21st anniversary concert at the Tweeter Center in Camden, New Jersey.

2003 Rockabilly performer Ronnie Dawson dies of throat cancer in Dallas, Texas, at age 64.

2002 Faith Hill releases "Cry," the title track from her latest country pop album. It's another crossover success for the country singer, landing at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and giving her a second win for Best Female Country Vocal Performance (the first being for "Breathe").

2002 Pianist Ellis Larkins dies of pneumonia at age 79.

2002 Pat Boone guests on the TV series Seventh Heaven.

2002 The Rolling Stones release Forty Licks.

1997 U2 cause controversy during its show in Tel Aviv, Israel, with frontman Bono appealing for the release from imprisonment of nuclear secrets traitor Mordechai Vanunu.

1997 Patty Loveless releases Long Stretch of Lonesome.

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Mary J. Blige Awkwardly Serenades Hillary Clinton

2016

Mary J. Blige debuts her Apple Music talk show, The 411, and welcomes Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton as her first guest. Halfway through the intimate conversation, Blige bursts into a rendition of Bruce Springsteen's protest anthem "American Skin (41 Shots)" in a bid to address the rash of police brutality against African Americans. The attempt falls flat with viewers, who heckle the singer on social media.

At first, it seems like a typical interview. Blige, who first met Hillary while performing at the Democratic National Convention, peppers the Secretary of State with questions about faith, family, and living in the public eye before broaching the subject of police brutality. Blige is concerned about the increasing number of unarmed black men and women being killed by police throughout the country. Being a singer, Blige is reminded of Springsteen's ballad about the 1999 death of Amadou Diallo, a West African immigrant killed by NYPD officers who mistakenly believed he was reaching for a gun instead of his wallet. Mid-interview, she clutches Hillary's hand and launches into a rendition of the song:

If an officer stops you, always be polite
And never ever run away
Promise Mama you'll keep your hands inside
Is it a gun? Is it a knife? Is it a wallet?
This is your life, It ain't no secret
It ain't no secret, no secret my friend
You can get killed just for living in your American skin


Most critics judge the interview by its teaser clip, which showcased the impromptu performance and Hillary's blank reaction, and lambast Blige for singing about the issue instead of actually addressing it. The actual conversation, however, does delve into matters of race and implicit bias. Blige stands by her decision.

"I wanted to incorporate the song in the show because the lyrics resonated with me so deeply and so heavily because of all the shootings and police brutality and I never got a chance to say anything," she said. "I'm a singer first ...so that's the only way I can express myself and ...the only way I can get that reaction from (Hillary) is to sing it."

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