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House music dj and producer Farley Jackmaster Funk is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Songwriter, keyboardist and guitarist Carl McIntosh</> of UK funk band Loose Ends is born.
James Brown plays at The Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Controversy by Prince peaks at No70 in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA. On the same day, the parent album Controversy reaches No21 in the USA.
On his 55-date Controversy Tour Prince plays at The Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Seven weeks of filming begins in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, on the Prince movie Purple Rain.
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Filming continues on the Prince movie Purple Rain in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
The Jacksons' forthcoming summer tour, which will include superstar Michael Jackson, is announced at a press conference at The Tavern on the Green, New York City, USA.
Michael Jackson attends a screening of Prince's movie Purple Rain at the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, California, USA.
Chaka Khan sets off on a UK tour.
Bob Dylan performs a duet with Michael Jackson, at the fifty-fifth birthday party for actress Elizabeth Taylor in the home of songwriter Burt Bacharach in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The first picture CDs are issued by CBS, featuring Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, George Michael and Terence Trent D'Arby.
Jane's Addiction play at Brixton Academy, London, England, UK, Europe.
Michael Jackson releases his Moonwalker video in the USA.
Janet Jackson begins her Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour at The Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida, USA.
Michael Jackson wins the Silver Award as Artist of The Decade (80s), at the 4th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA. James Ingram performs live.
Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O'Connor is certified as a platinum single by the R.I.A.A. in the USA. The song is composed by Prince.
On his Nude Tour, Prince plays at St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Rapper Luther Campbell, whose group 2 Live Crew is facing record store bans because of obscene lyrics, announces that the music industry has failed to come to his aid. He declares, "When the stores say they're going to take my albums out, the record companies should say, ‘OK, then you're not going to get the next Michael Jackson or Madonna record'.
On their Urban Jungle tour, The Rolling Stones play the first of two nights in the Town And Country Club, Kentish Town, London, England, UK, supported by the Dan Reed Network.
Prince plays the fifth of eight nights at Earls Court, London, England, UK.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of two nights at the Singapore National Stadium, Singapore, Asia.
Letitgo by Prince peaks at No31 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA.
Thunder release a new single, Play That Funky Music, which will give the group their 16th UK Top 40 single.
Prince plays at the Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Michael Jackson limps into a Santa Maria, California, USA, court with a bandaged and swollen foot - said to have been caused by a spider bite - to testify in an ongoing lawsuit claiming that he failed to carry out two millennium concerts for which he had been contracted, one in Sydney, Australia, Oceania, and one in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
Journalist Martin Bashir, a crucial prosecution witness in the Michael Jackson child molestation case in Santa Maria, California, USA, refuses to answer any questions while in the witness box.
The four day long Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, Washington, continues with performances by Elvis Costello, Common, The Pharcyde, Talib Kweli, Son Volt, Bo Diddley, Damien Jurado, The Duhks, The Posies, Israel Vibration, Midival Punditz, Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto, Hothouse Flowers, Marlena Shaw, Billy Preston, Pepper, The Locust, Jesse Sykes And the Sweet Hereafter, Juana Molina, Mary Gauthier, Pretty Girls Make Graves, STREB and Marc Broussard.
Dr Conrad Murray, the physician accused of killing Michael Jackson, places a brief video on YouTube thanking friends for their support, but says he is unable to return phone calls or emails because of death threats.
It is announced that the estate of Michael Jackson has agreed the biggest recording deal in history, said to be worth more than $200m.
Will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas throws out the first pitch at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Amy Winehouse makes a surprise appearance, performing with Mark Ronson at The 100 Club in London, UK.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play at The Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Earth, Wind And Fire play at Maryhill Winery, Goldendale, Washington, USA.
Mark Ronson And The Business Intl release a new album, Record Collection, in the UK on Columbia Records.
Guinness World Records confirms that a poster installed near London, UK's Heathrow Airport, to mark the release of Michael Jackson's posthumous album, Michael, has set a new record as the world's largest poster. The poster, made of PVC and weighing one ton, measures 171ft by 170ft with a total surface area of 29,070 ft.
On his Doowops And Hooligans tour Bruno Mars plays at San Diego County Fair, Del Mar, California, USA.
On his Doowops And Hooligans tour Bruno Mars plays at L'Olympia, Paris, France, Europe.
On his Doowops And Hooligans tour Bruno Mars plays at The Konig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany, Europe.
Prince plays at Ronnie Scott's Club, Soho, London, UK, where his audience includes Adele, Noel Gallagher, Rita Ora, Jamie Cullum, Nile Rogers, Rizzle Kicks and others.
Chromeo play at Union Transfer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, with Oliver.
The John Butler Trio plays at Huxley's Neue Welt, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Prince Rupert Loewenstein, the former manager/financial advisor of The Rolling Stones, dies in his sleep, aged 80, after a long illness, in London, England, UK.
The music biopic Get On Up, based on the life of James Brown, opens at cinemas in New Zealand.
Janet Jackson and a bunch of girlfriends attend J Cole's concert at The Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Incognito play at The Blue Note, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Musician, songwriter and producer Clarence Henry Reid, also known by the stage name and alternate persona Blowfly, dies as a result of recently-diagnosed liver cancer, at a hospice in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, USA.
It is reported that an inventory of Prince's estate submitted to a probate court in Minnesota, USA, reveals that Carver County District Court records show the star owned a dozen properties with an estimated value of $25.4m, plus about $110,000 in four bank accounts and 67 10-ounce gold bars with a total value of nearly $840,000.
Pollstar publishes its list of the highest-grossing tours of the year so far, with the Top Ten being as follows :

$151.5m – Guns N' Roses

$118.1m – U2

$98.2m – Justin Bieber

$88m – Metallica

$68.2m – Depeche Mode

$60.5m – Red Hot Chili Peppers

$59m – Adele

$57.2m – Ed Sheeran

$54.5m – Eric Church

$52.7m – Bruno Mars