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Dame N elly Melba signs a recording contract with the Gramophone Company. She drives a hard bargain, insisting that her records sell at a higher rate than any other recording artist, with an unprecedented advance.
American industrialist and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller becomes the world's first billionaire. The Rockefeller name will pass into popular culture as an icon of fabulous wealth and will provide inspiration for countless songwriters. One early example is I Will Turn Your Money Green [1928] by bluesman Furry Lewis, and Puttin' On The Ritz by Irving Berlin followed a year later. More recent songs including Rockefeller Square [1971] by Jimmy Buffett [1971], Mr. Rockefeller by Bette Midler [1976] and I'm No Rockefeller [2003] by Modern Talking have continued to build on the Rockefeller legend.

A fire destroys the Treasury building, the Post Office Savings Bank and a bonded warehouse in Port Of Spain, Trinidad. A river of fire caused by 365,000 gallons of rum floods into the streets and runs into the harbour. The event will provide the inspiration for the calypso songs The Treasury Fire by Lionel Belasco and Fire, Fire In Port Of Spain by The Caresser.
Gene McDaniels, best-remembered for his hits Tower Of Strength and A Hundred Pounds Of Clay, is born in Kansas City , Kansas, USA.
When Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play the second of two nights at Sweet's Ballroom, Oakland, California, USA, a boycott is held to protest against the venue's policy of charging higher admission prices to black patrons.
The Delmore Brothers record Silver Dollar, Old Mountain Dew, In The Blue Hills Of Virginia and other tracks for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
Judy Garland's new contract with MGM is filed in The Superior Court, Los Angeles, California, USA. Because she is no longer a minor, her salary is increased from $600 a week to $2000.
Mr. Davidson MP (Labour, Maryhill) asks a question in parliament in Westminster, London, UK, about whether bandsmen in RAF dance bands such as The Squadronnaires also undertake private engagements, "to the detriment of many musicians who are ex-Servicemen of the last war'. He is assured by Sir Archibald Sinclair that there is 'no such detriment and the fees are exactly the same'.
Singing cowboy Gene Autry records How Long Is Forever, Gold Can Buy Anything and Crime Will Never Pay, at Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
A benefit concert in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, raises $9,000 for Bill Monroe who had broken nineteen bones in a January car accident. Among the artists on the bill are Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow, Red Foley, Lew Childre, Carl Smith and Mother Maybelle Carter And The Carter Sisters.
Bill Haley And His Comets play at Brooklyn High School, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Also on the bill are Elvis Presley and Pat Boone. Presley is paid $350 for a twenty minute set, and the event is filmed for a teen movie, The Pied Piper Of Cleveland. The movie never materialises.
Gary U.S. Bonds is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, promoting a United States Savings Bond drive.
Ray Charles plays the last of three nights at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Over the three nights he has grossed $60,097.
When The Four Pennies arrive to play a one-nighter gig in Altringham, UK, they find that the gig has been cancelled because, according to a local police spokesman, "We didn't have enough reinforcements."
US promoter Sid Bernstein visits The Beatles manager Brian Epstein at the Waldorf Towers, New York City, USA, to pay a $100,000 advance for the group's upcoming Shea Stadium concert.
The Kinks release a new single,Sunny Afternoon, in the USA.
The Beach Boys are working on the tracks Carnival and I Just Got My Pay for the album Sunflower in leader Brian Wilson's home studio in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Rolling Stones begin a $29m legal suit against former manager Allen Klein, claiming that he had failed to properly represent the band’s interests.
Elvis Presley buys eleven Cadillacs from Madison Cadillac, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, to give to friends, relatives and associates.
For £3.30, fans at the first day of The Great British Music Festival at Olympia, London, England, UK, Europe, see Procol Harum, John Miles, Barclay James Harvest, Baker Gurvitz Army and Snafu.
Paul McCartney bids £21m to gain full control of the publishing firm, Northern Songs, which owns the song catalogue for the songs of Lennon-McCartney, primary composers for The Beatles.
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An AIDS Benefit Concert titled That’s What Friends Are For, is held at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA. Whitney Houston tops the bill, and Patti Smith makes her first live appearance in ten years. Also on the bill are Barry Manilow, Air Supply, Carly Simon, Biurt Bacharach, Eric Carmen, Milli Vanilli, Lisa Stansfield and The Four Tops. Over $2.5m is reportedly raised.
At an auction to raise funds for UNICEF, the bed used in the movie, In Bed With Madonna, is bought for $7,700 by a fifteen year old Dutch girl.
Chart-topping female rap trio TLC files for bankruptcy protection in Los Angeles, California, USA, with liabilities reported at over $3.5m, including $1.3m claimed by insurers Lloyds Of London from Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes, who had pleaded guilty to setting fire to the Atlanta, Georgia, residence of former boyfriend Andre Rison. On the same day, Saks Fifth Avenue of New York City, USA, reveals that it is suing Aretha Franklin for $263,000 worth of unpaid bills.
The Rolling Stones announce that a staggering $313m was taken in ticket sales alone by their Voodoo Lounge tour, topping their 1989 Steel Wheels record of $290m (£185m).
For a fee of $55, Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks marries actor Adrian Pasdar at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
It is reported that Madonna has visited the £9m Ashcombe House on Cranbourne Chase in Wiltshire, UK, several times, with a view to buying it.
Irv 'Gotti' Lorenzo, boss of American record company The Inc, with artists including Ja Rule and Ashanti, is arrested on money laundering charges relating to drug deals.
Courtney Love pleads guilty, in The Superior Court, Los Angeles, California, USA, to a drugs charge stemming from a break-in at the home of her former boyfriend, and no contest to an assault charge arising from another incident at the same house. She is required to complete a year in a drug treatment program, perform 100 hours of community service, pay a $1,000 fine and attend three Narcotics Anonymous meetings every week.
In New York City, U.S. District Judge Gerard Lynch sentences female rapper L'il Kim to a year and a day in prison and fines her $50,000 for lying to a federal grand jury to protect friends involved in a 2001 shootout outside a Manhattan radio station.
It is announced by Forbes magazine that, having earned $45m in the last year, Elvis Presley remains the top earner among dead celebrities. The next highest musicians on the list are George Harrison, Johnny Cash and Irving Berlin, all tied at eighth place with earnings of $7m each.
Country music singer and songwriter Billy Joe Shaver turns himself in to police at McLennan County Jail, Waco, Texas, USA. Warrants for Shaver's arrest had been issued the previous day by police in Lorena, Texas, USA, because he had recently shot Billy Bryant Coker, in the face with a handgun, following a confrontation in Papa Joe's Texas Saloon, Lorena. He is released after an hour on a $50,000 bond and gives his scheduled performance at Waterloo Records in Austin that evening.
Michael Jackson refinances his Neverland ranch in Los Angeles, California, USA, to the tune of $25m, to save it from being auctioned off to pay for his debts.
Newspaper reports claim that Madonna is about sell her £9m eight-bedroom Wiltshire, UK, home, Ashcombe House.
A newly-published report, Copycats' Digital Consumers In The On-line Age, from The Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property, estimates that £12bn worth of copyright material is downloaded illegally every year.
A notice published in the Chaska Herald newspaper by Carver County, Minnesota, USA, tax authorities, reveals that Prince owes over $500,000 in unpaid taxes.
Elton John spends his 63rd birthday visiting the Football For Hope Centre, an HIV awareness facility in Khayelitsha in the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa, to monitor how a $15m contribution has been used.
It is reported that former Spice Girls member Melani e Brown (aka Mel B, Scary Spice) is facing a $1.5m lawsuit from real estate appraiser Amado Aguirre who claims he was assaulted outside Brown's home in Los Angeles, California, USA, by her husband Stephen Belafonte who mistook him for a papparazzi photographer.
R'n'B star Ne-Yo is ordered to attend court to face a lawsuit from Wet Entertainment LLC seeking damages for a New Year's Eve concert in Seattle, Washington, USA, which the artist cancelled. Wet Entertainment is seeking $500,000 ($333,300) from Ne-Yo and $1m ($666,600) from booking agent, Mike Esterman.
Stephen Lee Pieck, a homeless inhabitant of Ossining, Westchester New York State, USA, files a $9m [£5.7m] lawsuit against Eminem in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York. The legal action claims that Pieck initiated the idea for Eminem's groundbreaking Born of Fire commercial for Chrysler, but never received any monetary compensation for his creative contributions.
Jason Aldean is fined $100 for swimming in prohibited waters on a visit to the beach in Destin, Florida, USA.
Lady Gaga, currently on tour in Australia, Oceania, phones in a bid of $133,075 to buy a gown by her friend the late designer Alexander McQueen at a sale hosted by fashion collector Guinness at Christie's auction house in South Kensington, London, England, UK, Europe. Proceeds from the auction are to benefit the Isabella Blow Foundation, created in memory of the late fashion editor who committed suicide after a long battle of depression.
Dionne Warwick undergoes a debt counselling session on the internet. Before the end of the month, she will have publicly filed for bankruptcy in New jersey, USA.
Writing on his personal blog, Brian May of Queen attacks David Cameron's Conservative government and states that "I only recently realised the full extent of the festering rotten flesh of the over-rich which is poisoning and sucking the life out of Britain."
Apple announces that it has bought Beats Electronics, the headphone and streaming music service owned by Dr Dre, for $3bn.
It is reported that a silent LP called Sleepify, released by a Los Angeles funk band called Vulfpeck, has been streamed 5.5m times which has earned the band almost $20,000. The band says the cash will be used to fund a live tour. The album was intended as a protest against Spotify as well as a means of raising tour funding.
It is reported that former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has written to Kensington and Chelsea Council in London, UK, declaring his objections to house modernisation plans by Robbie Williams. Page and Williams are neighbours in Holland Park, with Page having owned The Tower House, valued at £20m, since 1972, while Williams bought Woodland House for £17.5m in 2013.
Mariah Carey becomes engaged to to Australian billionaire James Packer in New York City, USA. Forbes magazine lists Packer's net worth at $3.5-bn, making him the fourth richest person in Australia.
An order signed by Judge James Selna of the US District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division, states that a copyright case, in which Ed Sheeran was being sued for plagiarism in his massive hit song Photograph, has been dismissed after an undisclosed agreement had been reached between the parties. In other words, Sheeran has settled the $20m case by songwriters Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington who claimed that large portions of Photograph were copied "note-for-note" from their song, Amazing, released by X Factor winner Matt Cardle five years earlier.
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