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Adele is at #1 on the US album chart with her third studio album 25

In the United States, 25 sold 2.3 million after 3 days of availability, becoming the fastest-selling album of the 21st century and the best-selling album of 2015. The album reached sales of 2.433 million early on its 4th day, surpassing the single-week record for an album since Nielsen Soundscan began tracking sales in 1991. The album reached number 1 on US charts.

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch marries Sophie Hunter

Cumberbatch is married to English theatre and opera director Sophie Hunter. Their engagement was announced in the "Forthcoming Marriages" section of The Times, after a 17-year friendship. The couple married at the 12th-century Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Mottistone on the Isle of Wight followed by a reception at Mottistone Manor.

Actress Ellen Page comes out as gay

Page came out as gay during a speech at the Human Rights Campaign's "Time to Thrive" conference in Las Vegas. She was included as part of The Advocate's annual "40 Under 40" list. Later she married dancer and teacher Emma Portner.

Coldplay and Rihanna release "Princess of China"

"Princess of China" is a duet for Coldplay's fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto. The song starts with a sample of Sigur Rós' "Takk...", which is also featured throughout the song. It peaked at number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number four on the UK Singles Chart. The song was performed live on the 54th Grammy Awards.

Everybody Hurts goes to #1 on the UK singles chart

In an attempt to raise money for victims of the Haiti earthquake, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown asked Simon Cowell to arrange a charity single. Cowell chose "Everybody Hurts", Brown agreed to waive VAT on the single and R.E.M. agreed to waive all royalties. The release was under the name Helping Haiti.

Liam Gallagher marries singer Nicole Appleton

Gallagher and Nicole Appleton were married at Westminster Register Office, the same venue where he married Kensit. Also present were Appleton's sister Natalie and her husband, The Prodigy's Liam Howlett. Noel Gallagher and bandmates Gem Archer and Andy Bell were not notified until after the ceremony took place.

Rihanna releases "SOS"

"SOS" is a song from Rihanna's second studio album A Girl like Me. It's a dance-pop song which samples Soft Cell's 1981 recording of "Tainted Love". In the US, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three consecutive weeks, becoming her first number one single on the chart. "SOS" was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of over 1,000,000 copies.

Elton John appears as himself in an episode of The Simpsons

The episode features singer Sir Elton John as himself. John's lines were recorded by current showrunner Al Jean, who found working with John being a "wonderful experience". "Elton John was a very nice person," Scully spoke for Jean in the DVD commentary for the episode, since Jean was busy during the commentary record.

"My Heart Will Go On" sets a new record for the most radio broadcasts

"My Heart Will Go On," is the main theme song to James Cameron's blockbuster film Titanic. The song became Dion's biggest hit, and one of the best-selling singles of all time, and was the world's best-selling single of 1998. The music video was directed by Bille Woodruff and released at the end of 1997.

Prince marries Mayte Garcia

Prince married his 22-year-old backup singer and dancer Mayte Garcia, on Valentine's Day 1996. Prince wrote many beautiful songs proclaiming his love for Mayte. The “Emancipation” album is one of many albums filled with songs devoted to Prince’s love for her.

"The Silence of the Lambs" is released

The Silence of the Lambs grossed $272.7 million worldwide against its $19 million budget. It was only the third film, the other two being It Happened One Night and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, to win Academy Awards in all the top five categories: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Adapted Screenplay.

"Livin’ On A Prayer" starts a four-week run at No. 1

"Livin' on a Prayer" is Bon Jovi's second chart-topping single from their album Slippery When Wet. The single was well received at both rock and pop radio and its music video was given heavy rotation at MTV, giving the band their first No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and their second consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit.

Frank Zappa appears on an episode of the television series Miami Vice

In Miami Vice, Zappa portrayed a crime boss named Mr. Frankie. He was an actor or voice artist in episodes of Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre, Miami Vice and The Ren & Stimpy Show. A voice part in The Simpsons never materialized, to creator Matt Groening's disappointment as Groening was a neighbor of Zappa and a lifelong fan.

Debut album by Whitney Houston is released

Whitney Houston is the debut studio album by American contemporary R&B and pop singer Whitney Houston. It was released by Arista Records. The album initially had a slow commercial response but began getting more popular in the summer. It eventually topped the Billboard 200 for 14 weeks in, generating three number-one singles.

"The Mighty Quinn" is at No. 1 on the UK singles chart

"Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)" is a folk-rock song written by Bob Dylan and first recorded during The Basement Tapes sessions in 1967. The song was recorded and released as the "Mighty Quinn" by the British band Manfred Mann and became a great success. It has been recorded by a number of performers, often under the "Mighty Quinn" title.

"Respect" by Aretha Franklin is recorded

Franklin's cover was a landmark for the feminist movement, and is often considered as one of the best songs of the R&B era, earning her two Grammy Awards for "Best Rhythm & Blues Recording" and "Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female", and was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

"8½" is released

8½ is a surrealist comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini. First released in Italy, Otto e mezzo received virtually unanimous acclaim, with reviewers hailing Fellini as "a genius possessed of a magic touch, a prodigious style".

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