2011 – “The View,”
The album Lulu, a baffling collaboration between Metallica and Lou Reed, is released. The first single, “The View,” reaches peak lunacy when James Hetfield screams, “I am the table!”
2010 – Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato deletes her Twitter account and enters rehab after suffering a nervous breakdown on the Jonas Brothers tour. Stress from the tour and other commitments, including promoting her movie Camp Rock 2, led to an eating disorder and a dependency on drugs and alcohol – she had also broken up with her tourmate Joe Jonas, who had taken up a new girlfriend, Ashley Greene. Lovato leaves the facility in January 2011.
2008 – Michael Jackson
In Notttingham, England, 1,227 people in zombie garb perform the dance from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, setting a new Guinness World Record for largest gathering of zombies. The stunt pushes the song back into the UK chart, where it lands at #35.
1993 – Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur shoots two white off-duty police officers in Atlanta, who are treated and released from the hospital. Accounts of the incident are sketchy, but it appears that at least one of the cops instigated the incident and was possibly inebriated. Charges against Tupac are later dropped.
1992 – Boyz II Men
“End Of The Road” by Boyz II Men is the #1 song on the Hot 100 for the 12th consecutive week, breaking the record held by Elvis Presley’s two-sided “Don’t be Cruel/Hound Dog,” which was #1 for 11 weeks in 1956. The group is displaced three months later by Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”; in 1995, Boyz II Men ties Houston’s 14-week record with “I’ll Make Love To You.”
1991 – Spinal Tap
After meeting up at their ex-manager’s funeral, Spinal Tap announce a reunion. “It was destiny and also because none of us were really making a great amount of money,” bass player Derek Smalls says.
1964 – The Beatles
Unseating The Beatles’ 14-week run at the top of the US albums chart with A Hard Day’s Night, Barbra Streisand hits #1 with People, which stays at the top for five weeks.