2014Sam Smith releases his debut album, In the Lonely Hour, in the US.
2008With Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne becomes the first artist since 50 Cent in 2005 to sell more than 1 million copies of an album in a single week.
2008Katy Perry's major-label debut album, One of the Boys, is released, featuring the hit single "I Kissed a Girl." It's not her first album: In 2001 she released a gospel album under her real name, Katy Hudson.
2000Eighteen months after Billboard starts factoring airplay into their Hot 100 chart, "Try Again" by Aaliyah becomes the first song to hit the top spot based on airplay alone, since the song is not available for purchase as a single.
1997When Ozzy's voice gives out before the Ozzfest date in Columbus, Ohio, he doesn't appear but the show goes on without him. Fans, who aren't told until later that he won't be there, don't take the news well and trash the venue.More
1994Megadeth is kicked off their tour with Aerosmith after Dave Mustaine is heard in an interview saying that his band should be the headliners. Jackyl and 4 Non Blondes open the remaining dates on the US tour.
1972Grateful Dead keyboard player and founding member Ron "Pigpen" McKernan plays his last show with the band at a Hollywood Bowl concert. Health problems force him to stop touring, and he dies in March, 1973 at age 27.
2016Tom DeLonge reveals his true reason for leaving blink-182 last year: to investigate UFOs. In an interview with Mic, the "Aliens Exist" singer claims the truth is out there: "There's been hundreds and hundreds of thousands of eyewitness accounts. Trace evidence that's been analyzed by scientists across the world. Events have happened on the ground. It's all around us. I know of stuff I can't talk about right now."
2016Red Hot Chili Peppers release The Getaway, their first album since 2011 and their first since 1991 without Rick Rubin producing - Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton is the producer.
2016Prince Be of P.M. Dawn dies of kidney disease at age 46.
2008The Offspring release their eighth studio album Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace- their first album in nearly five years.
2006Rolf Harris is honored with a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II.
2006Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones enters rehab to kick his drinking habit, but recovers in time to join the band on their latest world tour a month later.
1999Suffering from depression, Screaming Lord Sutch commits suicide at age 58. The singer, who also founded the UK political party Official Monster Raving Loony Party, worked with several artists, including Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck.
1997Switchfoot's debut album, The Legend of Chin, is released under independent label Re:think Records.
1997Sugar Ray releases Floored, including their breakthrough hit "Fly."
1995Rod Stewart sets an attendance record at Wembley Stadium in London when 83,000 fans attend his concert. The record holds until 2009, when U2 draws 88,000 on their 360 tour.
1989Pop singer Simone Battle (of G.R.L.) is born in Los Angeles, California.
With the United States hosting the World Cup, the opening ceremonies are held at Soldier Field in Chicago. In one of the production numbers, Diana Ross sings "I'm Coming Out" while she takes a penalty kick. She misses, but the goal splits open anyway and she runs through to complete the bit.
The ceremony is hosted by Oprah Winfrey and attended by US President Bill Clinton and other world leaders. Daryl Hall sings the official theme, "Gloryland," a song written by British composers.
The American team shows better form on the field and advances past the group stage with a stunning win over Colombia before losing to eventual champion Brazil in the next round