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Swedish singer Kleerup wins three awards - Best Newcomer, Best Composer and Best Producer - at Sweden's annual Grammis Gala.
A report by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) states that 95% of music available online worldwide in 2008 was downloaded illegally.
Pressure group The Parents Television Council cautions parents and radio stations in the USA about the double-entendre in the new Britney Spears single If You Seek Amy, which sounds like "F**k Me" when sung. The PTC believes that the song would violate the broadcast indecency law if aired between the hours of 6a.m. and 10p.m.
Neil Diamond donates profits from merchandising sales on his recent tour to the victims of Hurricane Ike.
American singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb marries Roey Hershkovitz in a traditional Jewish ceremony in front of 275 guests at a restaurant in Manhattan, New York City.
James Taylor and Judy Collins are are honoured with lifetime achievement awards at BBC Radio 2's annual folk music awards in London, UK.
It is reported that Reflex Muzic, the management firm behind British reggae group UB40 has been declared bankrupt following the decline in the band's success.
Jackie Greene plays at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California, USA.
U2 play a 'secret' gig at the Somerville Theatre, Somerville, Massachusetts, as part of the promotion for their new album, No Line On The Horizon.
The Solid Silver 60s Show, featuring The Searchers, Wayne Fontana, The Merseybeats and John Walker, formerly of The Walker Brothers, plays at the The City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
Shay O'Hara, former vocalist of Irish showband The Royal Blues, dies following a brief illness in Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
At the end of his second trial on the same charge, record producer Phil Spector is found guilty of murdering actress Lana Clarkson.
On the Working On A Dream tour, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play the first of two nights at the TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The Smithereens release a new album, The Smithereens Play Tommy, a tribute to The Who's famed rock opera.
Kanye West drops into S.O.B.'s in New York City, USA, to watch a performance by rapper Drake, formerly an actor best known for his role in the tv series Degrassi.
B.B. King plays at The Plaza Theatre, El Paso, Texas, USA.
During a BBC-tv documentary, The Death of Kiss and Tell, Pete Doherty compares the world's press to the Nazis who oversaw the holocaust.
When Britney Spears plays at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England, UK, she angers the crowd by shouting out, "What's up, London?" when she hits the stage.
The Manic Street Preachers open the new £15m Cardiff Central Library, in Cardiff, Wales.
East-London electro duo AutoKratz release their debut album, Animal, on Kitsune Records in the UK.
On her I Am tour, Beyonce plays at the 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Within hours of the news of his death, Michael Jackson's albums occupy the Top 15 places on online retailer Amazon.com Inc's best-selling albums.
Janet Jackson takes the stage at the end of the BET (Black Entertainment Television) Awards in Los Angeles, California, USA, to thank fans for their support since the untimely death of her brother, Michael Jackson.
Gary Taylor, president and owner of Michael Jackson fanclub MJJcommunity.com, claims that up to a dozen grief-stricken Michael Jackson fans have committed suicide since the death of the superstar a few days earlier.
Grace Jones and Oasis play at the Roskilde Festival, near Copenhagen, Denmark.
Fourteen people are arrested when fighting breaks out in the crowd at an Oasis gig in Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England, UK.
Twyla Herbert, co-composer with 60s hitmaker Lou Christie of hundreds of songs, dies aged 87 in a nursing home in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Sir Paul McCartney plays his only Canadian date of the year when he appears at Halifax Commons Park Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Gibson Custom announce the launch of the Billy Gibbons Pearly Gates Limited Edition Les Paul Standard guitar. The guitar is a replica of ZZ Top axeman Billy Gibbons' favorite instrument, his beloved Pearly Gates - a rare 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard which has appeared on every track of every ZZ Top album to date.
French police begin investigations to discover why a stage for a Madonna concert at the Velodrome, Marseilles, France, Europe, collapsed, killing two workers.
Bob Dylan plays in Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel Woods, New York State, USA.
Jay-Z and Rihanna enjoy a night out in each other's company at the Vendome nightclub in London, UK, where they run up a bar tab of £7,000, consisting largely of Dom Perignon champagne and vodka.
Country star Gary Allan testifies in court in Gallatin, Tennessee, USA, in a case involving 47-year-old Nashville resident Katherine Walker who has been accused of stalking Allen.
Bob Dylan plays in Heritage Park Amphitheatre, Simpsonville, South Carolina, USA.
In a letter to a friend, imprisoned record producer Phil Spector complains about being in a prison (The California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran), which houses "gangsters and Manson types". Spector also says he is eating in his cell to avoid exposure to dangerous inmates, and that he is trying to get moved to "a better prison."
George Strait's 26th album, Twang, goes straight to No1 in the USA on both the Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums charts, on sales of 155,000 copies.
On her I Am tour, Beyonce plays the second of two nights at Acer Arena, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Bruce Springsteen plays at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Andy Williams stars in A Gala Performance at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK.
The Stan Tracey Quartet releases a new album, Senior Moment, on Resteamed Records.
The divorce of Usher and Tameka Foster is finalised in Fulton County Court, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The Foo Fighters play a secret gig to an audience of just 300 people at Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Florence And The Machine, Lissy Trullie and Passion Pit play at the Festival Inrockuptibles, Paris, France, Europe.
Taylor Swift becomes the youngest artist ever to win the Country Music Association Award for Entertainer Of The Year, and one of only six women to win the Country Music Association's highest honor.
The Psychedelic Furs perform their 1981 breakthough album, Talk Talk Talk, in its entirety at a concert in the Academy 2, Manchester, UK.
Rihanna releases her fourth album, Rated R, on Universal Music in Australia, Germany and Poland.
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Need You Now, the fourth single by country-rock trio Lady Antebellum reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in the USA.
After pleading guilty to drink-driving and careless driving following a concert in July, Wiltshire-based musician Pete Doherty of Babyshambles is fined £2,050 in Gloucester Crown Court, Gloucester, UK, and given an 18-month driving ban. Shortly after, he is arrested and charged with heroin possession.
Trumpet virtuoso Maurice Brown plays the third of four nights at The Jazz Showcase, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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