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Justin Timberlake was the former lead singer of which famous boy band?

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Answer: NSYNC
Justin Timberlake left NSYNC when the group disbanded in 2002 and went on to become one of the top-selling musicians in history on his own.

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Which pop musician was deported from Japan in the 1980's for possession of marijuana?

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Answer: Paul McCartney
In 1980, Paul McCartney visited Japan for the first time since 1966. What was intended to be an 11-city concert tour instead turned into the singer spending nine days in detention due to arriving in the Land of the Rising Sun with almost a pound of herb.

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

Hard

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.

Hard

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.

Easy

Miley Cyrus' dad is a superstar in his own right, specializing in which type of music?

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Answer: Country
Miley's father Billy Ray Cyrus is considered a legend in country music, having achieved multiple awards and milestones throughout his career.

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Tamla Records is the former name of which well-established record label?

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Answer: Motown Records
Motown Records, founded in 1959 by Berry Gordy as Tamla Records, is still very influential in the American music scene after over half a century of operation.

Hard

Who was the first female singer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

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Answer: Aretha Franklin
In 1987, the late Aretha Franklin (1942 - 2018) became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Hard

In 2000, which artist(s) tied Michael Jackson's 1984 record of winning eight Grammys in a single year?

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Answer: Santana
Latin supergroup Santana won eight Grammy Awards in 2000, tying the record set by Michael Jackson, which as of 2019 has yet to be broken.

VeryHard

The classic dance song "Electric Boogie" (aka Electric Slide) was written by which iconic songwriter?

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Answer: Bunny Wailer
Neville "Bunny Wailer" Livingston's songwriting skills extend beyond just reggae, as he also penned the hit American dance song "Electric Boogie".



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