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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.
Daniel Bedingfield 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.
Britney Spears marries a childhood friend, Jason Allen Alexander, at the Little White Chapel On The Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, usa, but twelve hours later she contacts her lawyers to ask them to have the ceremony annulled.
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 by Queen 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.
Ash play at King Tut's, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
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%.
Eric Clapton releases his sixteenth studio album, Me and Mr. Johnson, on Duck/Reprise Records. The album is a tribute to legendary bluesman Robert Johnson.
Eric Clapton plays at Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
Eric Clapton plays at The Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.
A fan-sponsored and organized Candlelight Vigil in support of Michael Jackson, currently facing charges of child abuse, is held at the gates of his Neverland Ranch in California, USA.
John Whitehead, an R'n'B artist best known for the 1979 hit song Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now by McFadden And Whitehead, is shot dead in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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.
"Lum" York , a former member of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys, dies in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
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.
When Babyshambles 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.
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Bruce Palmer, bass player for Buffalo Springfield, dies of a heart attack, aged 58, in Belleville, Ontario, Canada.
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.
R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty and Bright Eyes play a concert in support of US Presidential candidate John Kerry at The Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
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Tom Waits releases a new album, Real Gone, on Anti Records in the USA.
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.
Mary J. Blige, Kenny Chesney, Al Green, Elton John, Norah Jones, B.B. King, Reba McEntire, Usher and Stevie Wonder play a concert in memory of Ray Charles at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA.
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.
Eric Clapton is suspended from driving in France, Europe, after being caught speeding at 134mph in his Porsche 911 Turbo.
The Cure, Jackson Browne, Anita Baker, Embrace and The Futureheads perform live on UK tv show Later With Jools Holland.
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.
Terry Knight, 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.
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Ozzy Osbourne reveals at the MTV Europe Music Awards that he has cancelled any further series of popular reality tv show The Osbournes.
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U2 enter the Music Week UK singles chart in the UK at No1 with Vertigo.
Ozzy Osbourne 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.
Midge Ure oversees the recording of a new version of Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas at Abbey Road studios, London, featuring artists including Coldplay, Keane, Robbie Williams and The Darkness. The song will be released under the name Band Aid 20.
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