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According to year-end figures published by Neilsen Soundscan
, Universal Music
was America's biggest music company of 2003, with a market share of 28.08% of the world's biggest music market. The No1 album of the year was 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin'
- on Universal - which sold 6,535,809 units.
is badly injured in a road accident while driving his Cherokee Jeep in Whangarei, New Zealand, about 100 kilometres north of Auckland, during a visit to his family over Christmas.
Ray Davies of The Kinks
is shot in the leg while chasing a shotgun-wielding mugger, Jerome Barra, through the streets
of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Barra had snatched a purse belonging to Davies' girlfriend as they strolled down Burgundy Street in the early evening.
Judge Rodney Melville, the Santa Monica judge in Michael Jackson
's child molestation case, orders 82 pages of documents containing "sensitive information" to be sealed indefinitely. He also refuses to lift a gagging order, ruling that it would violate the privacy of all parties involved.
We Will Rock You
tops a poll of 1000 music fans to find the greatest rock anthem of all time. The poll was carried out to mark the release of the new Jack Black comedy movie School of Rock.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carolyn Kuhl approves an agreement reached by Michael Jackson
and his ex-wife Debbie Rowe
, about custody and visitation rights for their children.
A Los Angeles Grand Jury announces that Michael Jackson
will definitely stand trial for child abuse, following allegations made against him several months earlier.
In an online poll conducted by Yahoo, Ozzy Osbourne
is named as the UK's favourite ambassador to welcome aliens to planet earth. Ozzy secures 26% of the vote, while music biz entrepreneur Simon Cowell
who came last on the list, had just 3%.
plays at The Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.
A fan-sponsored and organized Candlelight Vigil in support of
, currently facing charges of child abuse, is held at the gates of his Neverland Ranch in California, USA.
Internationally known singing star Rosemary Squires
, who grew up in Salisbury, is awarded an MBE for her services to music and charity, in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
During his A Reality tour
, David Bowie
plays at Frognerbadet, Oslo, Norway, Europe. When someone from the crowd throws a lollipop at the stage, the stick lodges itself between Bowie's eyeball and his eye socket.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers
play the last of three nights at Hyde Park, London, England, UK. The shows are recorded and the band will release a live double-LP, Live In Hyde Park
, based on on the concerts.
When David Bowie
plays at the Hurricane Festival in Scheezel, Germany, Europe, he suffers a heart attack caused by a blocked artery. He is immediately hospitalised and undergoes emergency angioplasty surgery.
On the Trash tour, Alice Cooper
plays a second night in Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
The City Of Chicago declares this day to be Frankie Knuckles Day, in honour of pioneering house music DJ Frankie Knuckles
. On the same day, a stretch of street on Jefferson Street between Jackson Boulevard and Madison Street is re-named Frankie Knuckles Way, because Knuckles' first club, The Warehouse
, had been located on that spot. Illinois state senator Barack Obama was instrumental in making these two honours happen.
The Black Keys
release a limited edition DVD, Thickfreakness In Austin, on Jumper Productions in the USA. it was recorded during a gig at Emo's, Austin, Texas, USA in October 2003.
play at The Reading Rooms, Dundee, Scotland, UK, controversial frontman Pete Doherty
considers quitting the band after a rowdy audience member gives him a wedgie in mid-performance.
Corporation Lane in Central Melbourne, Australia, Oceania
, is officially renamed AC/DC
Lane in honour of the band. However, because the City of Melbourne forbids the use of the slash
character in street names, the four letters are combined and a lightning flash is added to the outside of the street sign.
Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon
, is refused parole for the third time. Grounds of the refusal are that he still does not hold human life in sufficiently high regard.
Tommy Lee, drummer of Motley Crue
, begins studying at the University of Nebraska, for an NBC 'reality' tv show in which he takes classes in chemistry, literature and the history of rock'n'roll.
The Best Disco In Town tour, featuring Chic, The Pointer Sisters
, Candi Staton
, The Emotions, The Three Degrees, Evelyn 'Champagne' King and Boney M, plays at The MEN Arena, Manchester, England, UK.
Oncologist Dr. Albert Malcolm, writes a letter to successful country music singer and songwriter Wayne Perry
advising him that his throat cancer is terminal.
is suspended from driving in France, Europe, after being caught speeding at 134mph in his Porsche 911 Turbo.
R.Kelly walks off stage at Madison Square Garden
, New York City, USA, claiming that he has seen two people in the audience waving guns at him. Kelly's action brings a dramatic end to his co-starring Best Of Both Worlds tour with rapper Jay-Z
, former manager of Grand Funk Railroad
, is stabbed to death at the age of 61, in Temple, Texas, USA, while attempting to prevent an argument between his daughter and her boyfriend, Donald Fair, over Fair's use of methamphetamine.
A Perfect Circle release a new album, eMOTIVe, on the same day as the Presidential election is held in the USA.
The Czars play at The Barfly, Cardiff, Wales.
The Czars play at 21 South Street, Reading, UK.
The Czars play at Hanbury Ballroom, Brighton, England, UK.
The Czars play at The Glee Club, Birmingham, England, UK.
During a gig at The Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, California, USA, The Tubes
' front man, Fee Waybill, is bitten by a number of Mouse Ear bats, and has to spend the next week in Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, undergoing blood tests and anti-rabies injections.
reveals at the MTV Europe Music Awards that he has cancelled any further series of popular reality tv show The Osbournes.
enter the Music Week UK singles chart in the UK at No1 with Vertigo.
offers a £100,000 reward for the return of £2m worth of jewellery stolen yesterday from his Buckinghamshire, UK, mansion.
The Darkness play at Nottingham Arena, Nottingham, UK.
It is announced that the album Twentysomething by young jazz star Jamie Cullum
has gone triple-platinum in the UK.
EMI Records staff producer and songwriter Norman Newell
dies in Angmering-on-Sea, East Sussex, UK, after suffering a series of strokes. At his best with MOR artists, Newell produced hits with Shirley Bassey
, Marlene Dietrich
and Judy Garland
, and wrote lyrics for several standards including Portrait of My Love, Sailor and More.