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This Week In Music History

June 5: Miley Cyrus in Black Mirror

On this day in music history, Miley Cyrus takes part in the fifth season of Netflix dystopian tv series “Black Mirror” in the episode “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too.” The singer and actress played the role of an exploited pop star. In the episode, Cyrus performs songs that she herself wrote. One of them is “On A Roll,” the character’s hit song that is also a reworking of “Head Like A Hole.”

June 6: One of the Most Famous Keyboardist Passes Away

On this day in 2006, one of the most famous keyboard artists in the world passed away. Billy Preston, a virtuoso keyboardist who started performing in the 60s with the biggest names in the industry, died on June 6th, 2006 of kidney failure at age 59 after fighting for years against his kidney disease and hypertension.

In his collection of collaborations and partnerships includes Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and more.

June 7: A One Day Old Break Up Hit

On June 7th, 1970, the four-member supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young performed at the Fillmore East in New York City. Here, Graham Nash debuts his song “Simple Man.” The soon-to-be hit was written about his breakup with Joni Mitchell the day before!

The show made history, both by being broadcast live on WNEW-FM and later released as the album, Fillmore East 1970.

June 8: Coming Out

On June 8th, 2000, Sinead O’Connor comes out as a lesbian during an interview with Curve magazine. In the interview she said:

“I would say that I’m a lesbian. Although I haven’t been very open about that and throughout most of my life I’ve gone out with blokes because I haven’t necessarily been terribly comfortable about being a lesbian. But I actually am a lesbian.” She marries a man the following year and says she’s “three-quarters heterosexual, a quarter gay.”

The day after, O'Connor appeared on The Rosie O'Donnell Show and performed her single "No Man's Woman."

June 9: The First Concert

On June 9th 1998, The Spice Girls play their first concert after the departure of Geri Halliwell, Ginger Spice. The group performed in Modena, Italy, teaming up with opera singer and music icon Luciano Pavarotti.

However, one year and a half later the band completely broke up, going on a hiatus until 2007.

June 10: Justin Bieber Regarding His Diagnosis of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome
Justin Bieber shows his paralyzed face in instagram video

Last year today Justin Bieber announces he has Ramsay Hunt syndrome through an Instagram post. The syndrome is a rare neurological condition that caused parts of his face to become paralysed.

Due to the condition the singer was forced to cancel the rest of his tour. He received a lot of support from his fans, and soon after he was ready to return to the stage on August 12 in Budapest.

June 11: Olivia Newton-John, The United Nations’ first Goodwill Ambassador

On this day in 1990 The United Nations appoints Olivia Newton-John its first Goodwill Ambassador to the environment.

The role first worked well on the singer, which used her position to encourage recycling and avoid the use of chemicals that might be harmful to animals. However, Newton-John later takes a more forceful and controversial stand in opposing fracking, putting her in an odd situation with her home country Australia, where the mining industry is central.

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