Music Trivia and Answers

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In 2009, which artist set the record for the longest leap to number-one in Billboard Hot 100 history?

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Answer: Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson's 2009 hit "My Life Would Suck Without You" jumped from number-97 to number-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the course of a week and set a record for such in the process. Clarkson also set the record back in 2002 with "A Moment Like This", which jumped from 52nd to 1st place.

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Ozzy Osbourne is the former lead vocalist of which classic heavy metal band?

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Answer: Black Sabbath
Ozzy Osbourne was a founding member of Black Sabbath but after 11 years of service was sacked from the group in 1979 due to drug-abuse issues.

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How old was Canadian-born Avril Lavigne when she signed her first recording contract?

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Answer: 16
At the tender age of 16, Lavigne signed her first recording contract during a trip to New York after impressing the legendary music executive, L.A. Reid.

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The late Michael Jackson is widely known as the "King of Pop". But who is considered the "Queen of Pop"?

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Answer: Madonna
Madonna's influence on American and indeed global music is undeniable, thus earning her the generally-accepted title of "Queen of Pop".

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Actor Keanu Reeves was a founding member of the band Dogstar. What position did he play in the band?

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Answer: Bassist
Dogstar released albums in 1996 and 2000 with Keanu Reeves serving primarily the role of bassist.

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Michael Jackson's Thriller was produced by which iconic music producer?

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Answer: Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones is widely regarded as one of the greatest music producers of all time. In addition to Thriller, Jones also produced MJ's prior album, Off the Wall (1979).

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Which pop music duo held a free concert in New York City's Central Park in 1981 that attracted about half a million fans?

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Answer: Simon & Garfunkel
"The Concert in Central Park", which attracted a whopping half-a-million spectators, featured the short-lived reunion of Simon & Garfunkel after the pair had disbanded approximately a decade earlier.

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As of 2019, the late Whitney Houston holds the record for most consecutive singles to reach number-one on the Billboard Hot 100, which occurred during the height of her fame in the 1980's. How many consecutive number-one singles did she have during that time?

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Answer: Whitney Houston
Starting in 1985 with "Saving All My Love For You" and ending in 1988 with "Where Do Broken Hearts Go", the late Whitney Houston (1963 - 2012) had seven consecutive number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100.



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