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Middle-earth: Shadow of War is released

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is an action role-playing video game developed by Monolith Productions and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Like its predecessor, the game also takes heavy inspiration from director Peter Jackson's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings film adaptations.

"Thor: Ragnarok" premieres in Los Angeles

Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2011's Thor and 2013's Thor: The Dark World, and the seventeenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is directed by Taika Waititi.

Taylor Swift is named Billboard's Woman of the Year

Taylor Swift has seen incredible success on the Billboard charts, managing to chart 60 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 in the period between her debut in 2006 and 2014. Swift became an artist who has shaped and inspired the music industry with her success and innovation, for which she deserved to be honored.

Boyzone singer Stephen Gately dies suddenly at the age of 33

Lead singer of the Irish group Boyzone, Stephen Gately died at his home in Port d’Andratx, Majorca. His body was found on the sofa before noon. The doctors determined the reason behind his death was undiagnosed heart condition that resulted in pulmonary edema. His funeral took place at the Church of St Laurence O’Toole in Dublin.

Radiohead let fans choose price of new album In Rainbows

The 7th studio album by English rock band Radiohead was released for download with pay-what-you-want pricing strategy. People could pre-order an MP3 version of In Rainbows for any amount, with no minimum, therefore it was available to get for free. It was meant to be a way to avoid the regulated playlists of radios and TVs.

Portal is released

Portal is a puzzle-platform video game developed and published by Valve Corporation. Portal consists primarily of a series of puzzles that must be solved by teleporting the player's character and simple objects using "the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device", a device that can create inter-spatial portals between two flat planes.

"Genie In A Bottle" goes to #1 on the UK singles

Genie in a Bottle was released on Christina’s Aguilera self-titled debut album. The song used sexual references to talk about the theme of self-respect. It received favorable reviews from music critics and peaked atop the charts of 21 countries, including the No.1 on UK Singles during the course of following months.

R.E.M. score their second UK #1 album

The eighth studio album by an American alternative rock band R.E.M. yielded 6 singles. It became their second album reach No. 1 in the UK, topping the UK Albums Chart 4 on 4 separate occasions. The album was a commercial success and has sold roughly 18 million copies worldwide in addition to being received well by critics.

"The Rose" premieres in Los Angeles

The Rose is an American drama that tells the story of a rock star struggling to cope with the constant pressure of her career. It is loosely based on the life of singer Janis Joplin who died of heroin overdose. The movie had won 3 Golden Globes out of 5 nominations and was nominated for 4 Academy Awards.

Black Sabbath are at #1 on the UK chart with their second album

The second album by the rock band Black Sabbath, Paranoid, was released on LP. Until 2013, it was their only LP album to top UK Album Charts. The sales of the album were enhanced by the success of the “Paranoid” single, which reached No. 4 in the UK charts. It also included their signature songs - “Iron Man” and “War Pigs”.

King Crimson release their debut studio album

English progressive rock band King Crimson have been influential on the early 1970s progressive rock movement. Their debut came with an album “In the Court of the Crimson King”. With the release of the album, the band got rid of the blues influence and combined features of jazz, classical and symphonic music.

Simon and Garfunkel release their third album

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme is the third studio album by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel produced by Bob Johnston. For their third album, the duo spent almost three months in the studio, for the first time extending a perfectionist nature both in terms of instrumentation and production.

The second James Bond film From Russia with Love premieres in London

From Russia with Love is a 1963 British spy film and the second in the James Bond film series produced by Eon Productions, as well as Sean Connery's second role as MI6 agent James Bond. It was directed by Terence Young, and written by Richard Maibaum and Johanna Harwood, based on Ian Fleming's similarly named 1957 novel.

Love Me Tender entrees the US chart for a 19-week stay

Elvis Presley recorded and published the song “Love Me Tender” from the movie of the same name. Presley performed the song shortly before its release, resulting in more than a million advance orders. The single topped 4 US Billboard charts, staying at No. 1 for several weeks. It has been featured in many other movies since then.

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