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APRIL 22: RECORD STORE DAY An annual event celebrating the vinyl record, Record Store Day is a time where music-makers and music-lovers alike can come together within safe spaces to do what they love most: listen to amazing records. MAY MAY 10: PWR BTTM’S BEN HOPKINS ACCUSED OF ASSAULT A victim’s stories about an alleged sexual assault by Ben Hopkins begins circulating on social media, causing a widespread attack on the once beloved Brooklyn power-pop duo. The band releases a statement claiming this is a misun- derstanding, but they are dropped by their label and their albums are removed from streaming services. JUNE ▲ JUNE 4: MANCHESTER BENEFIT CONCERT In the wake of the Manchester Bombing, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, and more celebrities return to the city in order to perform at a benefit concert that will alleviate the burden of the victims. Attendees of the concert in May are offered free tickets. JUNE 7: SITE OF WOODSTOCK JOINS REGISTRY OF HISTORIC PLACES The home to one of the most famous music festivals of all time, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is added to the National Register of Historic Places. This venue hosted the Wood- stock Music Festival of 1969. ▲ MAY 22: BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS Drake is the star of the hour, taking home mul- tiple awards, including Top Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top Rap Tour, and more. The event is hosted by Ludacris, who has hosted previously, and Vanessa Hudgens. MAY 22: MANCHESTER BOMBING AT ARIANA GRANDE CONCERT Tragedy struck as an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester was bombed, endangering thousands, injuring dozens, and killing 22, most of whom were children. Regarded as one of the biggest tragedies in the history of concerts, this event led to Grande penning a letter about staying strong and facing fear. She announces she will be returning to Manchester for a benefit concert. JUNE 8: TAYLOR SWIFT RETURNS TO SPOTIFY After criticizing the streaming service and removing her entire music catalog, Taylor Swift decides to make amends with Spotify. She tweets that she will be returning her entire discography to the platform. “MUSIC IS SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE ON EARTH CAN SHARE. MUSIC IS MEANT TO HEAL US, TO BRING US TOGETHER, TO MAKE US HAPPY.” —ARIANA GRANDE JULY ► JULY 20: CHESTER BENNINGTON PASSES AWAY The lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Ben- nington, is found dead at age 41 in a Los An- geles house. It is suspected to be a suicide. His death is a shock to the music community as a whole, and he is mour YY[H[[X] BY܈\۝X][ۜ[\]]H˂˘X[XY˘BL