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This week in music history, A Fender Stratocaster that [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Eric Clapton[/lastfm] nicknamed “Blackie” sold at a Christie’s auction for $959,500 in New York, making it the most expensive guitar in the world. The proceeds of the sale went towards Clapton’s Crossroads addiction clinic, which he founded in 1998. Click “more” to learn other interesting facts, this week in music history.


This Week in Music Over the Years (June 19- June 25)

June 19, 2007 - Lawyers for [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Britney Spears[/lastfm] demanded a Florida radio station remove “offensive” advertisements, which featured her with a shaved head. The WFLZ billboards included the slogans “Total nut jobs”, “Shock Therapy” and “Certifiable”, which ran across pictures of a bald Spears. Law firm Lavely and Singer demanded the “immediate removal” of the banners in a letter to the station. Spears was photographed shaving her own head in a Californian hair salon earlier this year.

June 20, 2004 - Organizers at a [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul McCartney[/lastfm] gig hired three jets to spray dry ice into the clouds so it wouldn’t rain during the concert. The gig in Petersburg, Russia, was McCartney’s 3,000 concert appearance. He had performed 2,535 gigs with the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Quarrymen[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm], 140 gigs with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Wings[/lastfm] and 325 solo shows.

June 21, 2000 – 39 year-old Karen McNeil who claimed she was the wife of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Axl Rose [/lastfm]and that she communicated with him telepathically was jailed for one year for stalking the singer.

June 22, 1992 – Three members of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]M.C. Hammer[/lastfm]’s tour crew were wounded in a drive in shooting incident, three days later Joseph Mack, a dancer in Hammer’s entourage was shot on stage during a concert in Nevada.

June 23, 1975- During his ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ tour in Vancouver, Canada, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Alice Cooper[/lastfm] fell from the stage and broke six ribs.

June 24, 2004 – A Fender Stratocaster that Eric Clapton nicknamed “Blackie” sold at a Christie’s auction for $959,500 in New York, making it the most expensive guitar in the world. The proceeds of the sale went towards Clapton’s Crossroads addiction clinic, which he founded in 1998.

June 25, 2009 – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Michael Jackson[/lastfm] died at the age of 50, after suffering heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills. Jackson is credited for transforming the music video into an art form and a promotional tool, four of his solo albums are among the world’s best-selling records: Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995), while his 1982 Thriller is the world’s best-selling record of all time with sales of over 50 million. Guinness World Records list’s him as one of the “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time”, with 13 Grammy Awards and 13 number one singles. Prior to his death, Jackson had been scheduled to perform 50 sold-out concerts to over one million people, at London’s O2 arena, from July 13, 2009 to March 6, 2010.

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