After a lifetime of setting the standard for rock music theater, the beloved pop icon tragically succumbed to his battle with cancer last night. Late on January 10, a statement on his official Facebook page said that Bowie had “died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 19 month battle with cancer.” Shortly after that, condolences flooded social media, written by everyone from Russell Crowe to Kanye West to Madonna. Here are 11 thought-provoking David Bowie quotes to remember him by:
On January 8, 1935, Elvis Aaron Presley was born–just minutes after his identical twin. And that’s just the first of many seldom-heard, very strange Elvis facts. From dating a 14-year-old to impersonating…
Video Of The Day: 36 Years Ago Today, “Rapper’s Delight” Took Hip Hop Off The Streets And Into The Billboard Top 40
On Jan. 5, 1980, the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” became the first hip hop song to break into the Billboard Top 40. With that, hip hop’s run as a commercial phenomenon officially kicked off.
The New Jersey trio’s tune took what was a New York-centric music sensation—particularly in the Bronx and Harlem—and brought it to the masses, who had otherwise been listening to Billboard favorites like the Eagles, ABBA and Stevie Wonder. None of this would have happened, however, were it not for the work of New Jersey businesswoman Sylvia Robinson, who she set out to put hip hop on the map.
What mattered most this year? Here to explain it all-and maybe shake your faith in humanity–are the top Google searches of 2015.
When we reflect upon 2015, we’ll all likely remember the “Black Lives Matter” protests that reclaimed the streets of the U.S. or the terrorist attacks that struck fear into the hearts of people around the world. What people truly cared about in the moment, however, is something that perhaps only Google can tell us. How many history books will remember how “The Dress” took over the U.S. (with more than 73 million Google searches) or that time a lion named Cecil united the country against a dentist (more than 32 million Google searches)?
Despite media fragmentation and the ever increasing growth of niche entertainment and interest groups, there are still events that manage to capture the zeitgeist of the nation, and the world. And there to measure it all is Google.
35 years ago today, John Lennon was killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his New York City apartment building. Since his death, the musician’s name has practically become synonymous with peace and love. That was a side of him, of course, but art is also artifice. On the anniversary of Lennon’s death, it’s interesting to take a look at the darker side of the former Beatle member’s nature—such as the time he nearly killed a man who implied Lennon was gay—as revealed through his and others’ quotes: