On this day in 1996, George Michael had the UK number 1 single with ‘Jesus To A Child’, the singers sixth UK number 1 as a solo artist and the first single from his come-back album ‘Older’.
In 2009, Kelly Clarkson made the largest ever leap to number one in US chart history, rising 96 places. Her single, ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’, rose from 97 to the top of the Billboard chart after selling 280,000 downloads in its first week of release. A clip from the music video appeared during a commercial break for that week’s episode of American Idol (which Clarkson appeared on and won in 2002).
In 2014, a petition to have Justin Bieber deported out of America and back to Canada was signed by over 100,000 citizens. The campaign followed his arrest earlier that month for drunk driving and driving without a valid license. According to US Government protocol, once a petition has over 100,000 signatures, it must be reviewed by White House staff, who will have to respond to it.
In 2015, Taylor Swift was looking to trademark phrases including “this sick beat” and “we never go out of style”, in the United States. If granted, the trademark would stop others from using her lyrics on items such as t-shirts, stickers and bags. Other phrases she wants to protect included “nice to meet you, where you been” and “party like it’s 1989”.