2016 - More than 190 recording artists, including U2, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam and others, signed an open letter criticizing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and calling for a reform of what they called unfair copyright laws and protections that allowed the exploitation of artists.
2014 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame lyricist Gerry Goffin died at age 75. He was best known for writing many international hits with his wife, Carole King, including "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "Take Good Care of My Baby," "The Loco-Motion," and "Go Away Little Girl."
2013 - Country singer Slim Whitman, who reportedly once sold over 120 million records, passed away. He was 90.
2012 - Fiona Apple released her fourth album, The Idler Wheel… It debuted at No. 3 on the charts and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album.
2012 - Rapper Juvenile released his 10th studio album, Rejuvenation.
2012 - The Smashing Pumpkins released their eighth studio album, Oceania. The album debuted at No. 4.
2012 - Celine Dion marked her 800th performance overall at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. That counts both her performances with her first show, A New Day, which opened in 2003, and her performances with her new show, Celine, which debuted in March of 2011. In addition, that day also marked the 31st anniversary of Celine's showbiz debut. Her first-ever TV appearance took place June 19, 1981, on the Quebec TV Show Michel Jasmin. She was just 13, and sang a song she co-wrote with her mom and her brother titled "It Was Only a Dream."
2011 - A representative for Amy Winehouse announced the cancellation of two upcoming European tour dates after a disastrous performance in Belgrade, Serbia. The singer was booed off stage after several songs, often forgetting lyrics and stumbling around the stage. The singer, who had been plagued by alcohol and drug problems, was found dead at her home a little more than a month later.
2010 - Dancer Dean Sheremet divorced Grammy Award-winning singer LeAnn Rimes after nearly eight years of marriage due to infidelity.
2010 - Katy Perry's "California Gurls" becomes her first of five U.S. #1 singles from her album Teenage Dream, matching a feat achieved only by Michael Jackson's Bad.
2009 - A piece of music history went up in smoke when fire gutted the Georgia Theatre in Athens, Georgia. The 19th-century building hosted some of the earliest shows from The B-52s, R.E.M. and the Indigo Girls.
2006 - Former Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes married his partner, Richard Cullen, in a civil ceremony on London.
2001 - Animated versions of rapper Nelly and his associates, St. Lunatics, made their online starring debuts in the Flash Game Rip Van Nelly.
1998 - The second annual Lilith Fair kicked off in Portland, Oregon. Sinead O'Connor opened the show.
1990 - Prince started a twelve-night sold-out run at Wembley Arena in London.
1988 - Over 3,000 East Germans gathered at the Berlin Wall to hear Michael Jackson. Jackson was performing a concert on the other side of the wall in West Berlin.
1988 - Teen star Debbie Gibson had the number one single with "Foolish Beat."
1980 - Donna Summer was the first act signed to David Geffen's new record label, Geffen Records, through Warner Brothers.
1976 - Wild Cherry's "Play that Funky Music" was released.
1971 - Carole King had a double-A-sided number-one single with "It's Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move."
1967 - In an interview with Life magazine, Paul McCartney admitted he had taken LSD.
1966 - The Beatles had the number one single with "Paperback Writer."
1965 - The Four Tops topped the U.S. singles chart with "I Can't Help Myself."
1961 - Pat Boone had the number one single with "Moody River."