2008 Chinese Democracy history: Chinese Democracy officially becomes a cultural punchline, with Dr. Pepper announcing that it will give everyone in America free soda if the album comes out by the end of the year. To everyones surprise, it appears that it will, with Billboard breaking the news that Chinese Democracy will be released exclusively to Best Buy the week of Thanksgiving. Yet as of mid-October, there has been no official comment from the band. The world outside of Chinese Democracy: New Star Trek! A Star Trek movie from J.J. Abrams nears completion, and the presidency of George W. Bush nears its end. Meanwhile, a Sex and the City movie is a big hit, and Shawn Johnson wins a gold medal at the Beijing Olympic Games.
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