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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.
, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
attends the Manhattan Polo Classic on Governors Island, New York.
The second day of the three day long Hard Rock Calling
concert in Hyde Park, London, features Neil
, Ben Harper
, Seasick Steve and The Pretenders. Sir Paul
McCartney makes a surprise appearance alongside Neil Young
rendition of The Beatles
' song A Day In The Life, which closes the set.
, 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.
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.
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.
dines at the Da Silvano restaurant, New York City, USA.
And The Guilty Women play at The Ottawa Blues Festival, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
plays at The Dell Diamond, Round Rock, Texas, USA.
Rick Springfield performs an acoustic set at Borders book store in New York City, USA.
The Flaming Lips
play at The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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'.
James 'Blood' Ulmer releases a new album, In And Out.