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Who was the first Western music artist(s) to be allowed to perform a concert in China?

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Answer: Wham!
More information: Wham!'s 1985 visit to and concerts in China were both firsts by a Western pop act in that country.

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Which rock band made a brief yet memorable appearance in The Simpsons Movie (2007)?

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Answer: Green Day
More information: Green Day performed - and then perished - at the beginning of this animated movie based on the long-running television show by the same name.

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Which hardcore-rock bad boy is known for taking ballet lessons?

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Answer: Mick Jagger
More information: Not only does the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger regularly practice ballet to keep fit for his stage routines - which require him covering miles during his performances - but his most recent child was born to ballerina Melanie Hamrick, whom he is currently developing a Rolling Stones'-based ballet with.

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Which of the following rock legends died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound?

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Answer: Kurt Cobain
More information: Kurt Cobain of Nirvana fame committed suicide at the age of 27 in 1994. Although his career was very brief, he established himself as one of the greatest rockers in modern history.

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Kenneth Edmonds is the legal name of which prominent music artist?

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Answer: Babyface
More information: Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds decades of putting forth hit music as a singer, songwriter and producer has earned him over 10 Grammy Awards.

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Which artist(s) won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1990?

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Answer: Milli Vanilli
More information: The infamous Milli Vanilli won this award in 1990 for their outstanding debut album "Girl You Know It's True", though they later returned it after it was revealed they didn't actually perform any of the vocals.

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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
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.

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The first commercial music compact disc to be sold in the United States was an album by which artist?

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Answer: Bruce Springsteen
More information: Bruce Springsteen's 1984 classic Born in the U.S.A. was the first music CD sold commercially in American history.

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The Band-Aid supergroup was formed in 1984 to raise money for famine relief in what troubled African nation?

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Answer: Ethiopia
More information: Band-Aid consisted of mostly British and Irish acts such as U2, Wham! and Culture Club, who were committed to alleviating poverty in the East African nation of Ethiopia.

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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
More information: 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.



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