Pop - Rock Music Trivia and Answers

At TriviaQN we have a sweet spot for music in general. The pop and rock music we have all lived through has expressed the signs o' the times and we have loved it for it. We'll always love it for providing the soundtrack of our day to day. But, in addition to the soundtrack this music has also provided a huge amount of its back stages as trivia for us to marvel and to sometimes be shocked at. We are confident you know all of it. Or at least most of it. Don't you?

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An album or single is certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) if it has sold at least how many copies?

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Answer: 10 Million
More information: An album or single must have sold at least 10 million copies before it receives diamond certification from the RIAA.

VeryHard

Which group holds the distinction of starring in the first music video ever aired on MTV?

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Answer: The Buggles
More information: On 1 August 1981 a music video by the Buggles', ironically entitled "Video Killed the Radio Star", became the first one ever aired on MTV.

Medium

Which music legend was sentenced to six years in prison in 1988?

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Answer: James Brown
More information: James Brown received a six-year sentence in May of 1988 for a number of charges, most notable perhaps being leading police on a car case through two states, though he only spent two years in prison for the charges.

Hard

The Redlands drug bust was a famous 1960's incident involving which band?

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Answer: The Rolling Stones
More information: The Rolling Stones grew in popularity after police raided Keith Richards' mansion in West Wittering, England - known as "Redlands" - and arrested he and Mick Jagger for possession of hash and amphetamines.

Easy

Bootylicious has become an accepted word in the Oxford Dictionary thanks to a track of the same name by which artist(s)?

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Answer: Destiny's Child
More information: Although the term "bootylicious" existed before Destiny's Child's 2001 song of the same name, its popularity derived from the track helped propel it into being accepted by the esteemed Oxford English Dictionary.

Hard

What is the stage name of David Evans, who has been a prominent rock star throughout the last quarter of the 20th century and beyond?

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Answer: The Edge
More information: David Evans is better known by his stage name, the Edge, as he serves as lead guitarist for Irish rock band U2.

Easy

Which music superstar was offered a professional ice-hockey contract back in 2012?

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Answer: Justin Bieber
More information: Although his overall popularity likely played a role, Justin Beiber was apparently good enough at ice hockey to have been offered a contract by a mid-level professional team based in California back in 2012.

Hard

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
More information: "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.

VeryHard

Musician Peter Tork died on 21 February 2019. Which band was he a part of?

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Answer: The Monkees
More information: Peter Tork was a founding member of the Monkees, a 1960's band that is famous for producing hit music as well as starring in a very-popular television show.

VeryHard

The theme song to the 1990's Fox Network television sitcom Get a Life was performed by which band?

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Answer: R.E.M.
More information: The opening sequence to the hilarious Get a Life featured the memorable rock song "Stand" by R.E.M.



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