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Rapper Jim Jones of The Diplomats is charged with misdemeanour assault when he assists New York City police with their inquiries into an alleged fight with members of singer Ne-Yo's entourage at the Louis Vuitton store in Manhattan on Christmas Eve.
Hard Rock Park, a 140-acre theme park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, gains court agreement to begin the process of going into liquidation. The park's marquee attraction was Led Zeppelin - The Ride, a state-of-the-art corkscrew roller coaster developed in conjuction with members of the heavy rock band.
Country music star Taylor Swift secures a fifth week on top of the Billboard album charts in the USA with 90,000 sales for her album Fearless.
Stevie Wonder, speaking during a National Federation of the Blind (NFB) press conference at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, calls on electronics manufacturers to make more blind-friend devices.
Rapper Lil Wayne attends the re-opening of Harrel Park, a New Orleans, Louisiana, basketball court whose renovation he helped to fund after it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Wayne has often said he grew up playing at the park and wanted to help kids from his old neighborhood.
Rapper 50 Cent invites actor Jim Carrey to join him and G-Unit onstage at the Sundance Film Festival's Vitaminwater house in Park City, Utah. The invitation is a special treat for Carrey's 47th birthday.
Corey Daum, formerly guitarist with Lizzy Borden, dies in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, after the car in which he is a passenger smashes into a concrete wall. The driver, Charles Wolford, immediately confesses to driving under the influence and is charged with vehicular homicide.
American saxophonist and songwriter Hank Crawford dies aged 74 at his home in Memphis, Tennessee, due to complications caused by a stroke he suffered in 2000.
Gary Barlow of Take That is voted the greatest songwriter ever, beating John Lennon and Paul McCartney, in a poll conducted by onepoll.com.
Amanda Ghost, the co-writer of James Blunt's hit You're Beautiful, is named president of Epic Records.
Sugarland release a new single It Happens on Mercury Records to radio in the USA.
Country blues maestro Snooks Eaglin, aka Blind Snooks Eaglin, dies of a heart attack at Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, aged 73.
Sugababes member Amelle Berrabah attends a party at the central London club Mahiki. On leaving, she and Russian fashion designer Nicole Sconciaforni take their cocktails to Sconciaforni's Porsche. Shortly after, Sconciaforni is arrested for driving her Porsche under the influence.
Cheryl Cole and Kimberley Walsh of Girls Aloud, Gary Barlow of Take That and Ronan Keating of Boyzone complete a fund-raising climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa. The climb, in aid of the British charity Comic Relief, raises $1.96m [£1.4m]
The complete Prince Charming outfit which was worn by Adam Ant during his Prince Charming Revue tour in 1981 and 1982, goes on permanent display at the Victoria and Albert museum in London, UK.
The Manic Street Preachers and Sony Music force the U.K.'s far-right British National Party (BNP) to stop using the Manics' song If You Tolerate This, Your Children Will Be Next in their publicity campaigns and promotional videos.
Innovative mutliple Oscar-winning filmscore composer Maurice Jarre, whose music graced such classic movies as Lawrence Of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and A Passage To India, dies in Los Angeles, aged 84.
Bob Dylan plays at Le Zenith, Strasbourg, France, Europe.
Derek Johnson, features and news editor of the New Musical Express (NME), dies aged 81, in Exeter, UK.
The Sunday Times Rich List is published, showing that Elton John, Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger suffered significant drops in their earnings last year because of the global economic downturn. Sir Elton John's wealth decreased by more than a quarter 'a loss of about £175m. Former Beatles member Sir Paul McCartney lost about £60m from his £500m fortune, while Sir Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones is said to have lost around 16%, leaving him with a personal stash of £190m.
The Levon Helm Band plays one its regular Midnight Ramble Sessions Vol 3, in Helm's barn in Woodstock, New York State, USA. Guest musicians taking part in the session include Teresa Williams.
British record producer Jonny Dollar dies of cancer, aged 45. Dollar was widely considered the primary architect of the trip-hop genre of music for his innovative work on Massive Attack's influential album Blue Lines. He also worked with Neneh Cherry, Gabrielle and Youssou N'Dour.
UK all-girl band Girls Aloud, having earned over £25m in seven years, are declared the most successful reality TV act, according to the results of research carried out for Current TV's Reality Rich List. The group was formed on Popstars: The Rivals. Other big reality tv earners include Will Young.
Jay-Z premieres a new song, D.O.A. (The Death of Auto-Tune) from his forthcoming album Blueprint 3 on new York City's Hot 97 radio station. The song lambasts rappers for singing too much and exhorts them to get back to rapping.
Madonna attends the Manhattan Polo Classic on Governors Island, New York.
21st Century Breakdown by Green Day reaches No1 in the European Top 100 Albums Chart.
The second day of the three day long Hard Rock Calling concert in Hyde Park, London, features Neil Young, Fleet Foxes, Ben Harper, Seasick Steve and The Pretenders. Sir Paul McCartney makes a surprise appearance alongside Neil Young for a rendition of The Beatles' song A Day In The Life, which closes the set.
Fayette Pinkney, a founder member of the Three Degrees, dies in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA, of acute respiratory failure aged 61.
The 30th International Montreal Jazz Festival, one of the largest and most respected music festivals in the world, begins in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and will run until July 12. The festival is opened with a free outdoor concert by Stevie Wonder on the General Motors stage.
Ne-Yo and Keri Hilson play at The Petrillo Music Shell, Grant Park, Chicago, USA.
eBay bids for tickets to Michael Jackson's upcoming Memorial Event in the Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA, reach as high as US$3,000. Most offers, however, are in the $100 to $200 range.
No Doubt and Paramore play at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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.
Rihanna dines at the Da Silvano restaurant, New York City, USA.
Dave Alvin And The Guilty Women play at The Ottawa Blues Festival, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Bloc Party, You Am I, The Living End, The Specials, Happy Mondays and others play on the first of two days of the Splendour in the Grass Festival, Byron Bay, Australia, Oceania.
Bob Dylan plays at The Dell Diamond, Round Rock, Texas, USA.
On her Sticky And Sweet Tour, Madonna plays at the West Harbour, Helsinki, Finland, Europe.
Rick Springfield performs an acoustic set at Borders book store in New York City, USA.
Beyonce releases a new single, Sweet Dreams in the United Kingdom.
Train release a new single, Hey Soul Sister on Columbia Records in the USA.
AC/DC play at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Flaming Lips play at The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Pete Townshend of The Who announces, in a web posting, that he is working on on another rock opera project, Floss, which he describes as 'in the style of Tommy and Quadrophenia'.
Sunny Day Real Estate play at Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Country-rock trio Lady Antebellum release their debut album Lady Antebellum, in the UK.
James 'Blood' Ulmer releases a new album, In And Out.
Type O Negative play at The Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bad Manners, The Rude Girls and Max Splodge play at the 12 Bar, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.