Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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2013Justin Bieber fans are the target of an online trolling campaign. Members of the image board 4chan claim to be implementing an awareness campaign to encourage the pop star to say "no" to drugs. The campaign's premise is "Cut for Bieber," and fans are encouraged to cut themselves and post photos of the damage online accompanied by the #CutForBieber tag on Twitter. Several hoax accounts post results in "response," but it appears no actual Bieber fans fall for the ploy. Earlier in October, a similar troll campaign called "Bald for Bieber" fizzled out, too. That one encouraged fans to shave their heads for the pop star based on the false rumor that he had cancer.
2013R&B singer Sam Pace (of The Esquires) dies at age 68.
2013Seattle hip-hop artist Freddy E dies at age 22 of an apparent suicide.
2012"The One That Got Away" from Katy Perry's album Teenage Dream hits #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart, making the album the first in history with seven #1s on that tally.
2011Bobby Robinson, who did production work for Gladys Knight & the Pips and Elmore James, dies at age 93.
2011Ed Sheeran releases what will be his final independent EP, No.5 Collaborations Project, in the UK. The EP goes on to reach #2 on the UK's iTunes chart, despite Ed having no label.
2009At the People's Choice Awards, Carrie Underwood is the night's big winner, taking home the Favorite Female Singer, Country Song ("Last Name") and Favorite Star Under 35 Awards. Rascal Flatts takes the award for Favorite Group.
2006Pink marries the motocross rider Carey Hart in Costa Rica.
2004Chris Robinson (of The Black Crowes) and actress Kate Hudson's son, Ryder Russell, is born.
1999Rod Stewart and the supermodel Rachel Hunter announce the end of their eight-year marriage.
1997David Bowie's 50th birthday bash takes place at New York City's Madison Square Garden in the form of a charity concert benefiting Save the Children. Bowie's famous pals - including Sonic YouthLou Reed, Robert Smith, Billy Corgan, and Foo Fighters, among others - pay tribute with renditions of the singer's tunes. Bowie closes out the event with his 1969 hit "Space Oddity."
1987Elton John undergoes throat surgery at a hospital in Sydney, Australia, to remove nodules on his vocal cords. He cancels his upcoming American tour, but is thrilled with the results, later claiming that his voice became stronger and more resonant after the procedure.
1981Eagles Live is certified platinum; it is 13 years until the next Eagles album is released.
1980Doo-wop singer Carl White (lead vocalist for The Rivingtons) dies of acute tonsillitis in Los Angeles, California, at age 48.
1980R&B singer Larry Williams dies at age 44 of a gunshot wound to the head in what's eventually deemed a suicide, though some speculate he was murdered. Known for a string of enduring rock 'n roll hits from the mid-'50s, including "Bony Moronie" and "Short Fat Fannie."
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Blue Ivy Carter Is Born

Beyoncé and Jay-Z have their first child: a daughter named Blue Ivy Carter.

Jay and Bey are the closest America has to a royal couple, so when they have their princess, it's big news. "Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven," the couple say in a statement.

Blue Ivy immediately impacts their music, as Jay records the song "Glory" in tribute, posting it on his website 10 days later. "Words can't describe the feeling, for real baby, I'll paint the sky blue, my most greatest creation was you," he raps on the track. Beyoncé releases her ode, "God Made You Beautiful," the following year.

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