Tuesday, July 4, 2017


In Music History

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2013Jay-Z releases his twelfth studio album, Magna Carta... Holy Grail, as a free download, but only for Samsung customers who can access it through the Jay-Z Magna Carta app. Non-Samsung users will have to tough it out and buy the album at retail price four days later. 
2010After attending a gay pride parade in London, George Michael crashes his Range Rover into a Snappy Snaps photo store in Hampstead, England. Convicted of driving under the influence of cannabis, he goes to prison on September 21 and serves four weeks.
2009Allen Klein, an influential music publisher who simultaneously managed The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, dies of respiratory failure at age 77 after years of diabetes-related complications and an Alzheimer's diagnosis.
2009Drake Levin (guitarist for Paul Revere and the Raiders) dies of cancer at age 62.
2007Bill Pinkney (of The Drifters) dies of a heart attack at age 81.
2005Rockabilly entertainer "Big" Al Downing dies of leukemia at age 65.
2003Barry White, age 58, dies two months after suffering a severe stroke while awaiting a kidney transplant.
2002Michael Abram, the man who attacked and nearly murdered George Harrisonsome 19 months earlier, is given a conditional release by a Mental Health Review Tribunal, to the fury of George's widow, Olivia. Says Abram: "If I could turn back the clock I would give anything not to have done what I did. But I have come to realise that I was very ill at that time, really not in control."
1992John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papasreceives a liver transplant in Los Angeles.
1987John Fogerty headlines a Vietnam veterans' benefit concert at the Capital Center in Landover, Maryland broadcast by HBO. Performers include Neil DiamondStevie Wonder and Kris Kristofferson.More
1987Genesis close out their Invisible Tour with a sold-out show at Wembley Stadium in London. They played the venue the previous three nights as well, also to sell-out crowds.
1986Flotsam and Jetsam's only full-length studio album with bassist Jason Newsted, Doomsday for the Deceiver, is released via Metal Blade Records. Doomsday is co-produced by the band with the label's head, Brian Slagel, and is the only album in the history of Kerrang!Magazine to receive a "six K" review (out of a possible five "K's").
1984Ringo Starr sits in with The Beach Boysduring their Miami concert.
1982Neil Diamond sees the movie E.T. along with the songwriters Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager. That night, they write the song "Heartlight" based on the film.
1980500,000 attend a free Beach Boysconcert in Washington DC.
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Ariana Grande Licks Donuts

Ariana Grande licks some donuts on a display counter at Wolfee Donuts in Lake Elsinore, California.
Security video appears a few days later, showing her furtively putting her tongue on the donuts while laughing and canoodling with her boyfriend. The 22-year-old singer and former Nickelodeon star can also be heard in the video saying, "I hate Americans. I hate America."

The story spreads quickly, spawning various hashtags (#DonutLicker, #DonutGate) and causing problems for the bakery, which has its health code rating downgraded (it would later be restored). A cashier at the establishment would later add that she was "really rude."

Grande's reputation takes a hit, leading her to issue a four-minute video apology, where she says, "I was so disgusted with myself, I like wanted to shove my face into a pillow and like disappear."

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