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The Pilgrim Fathers, having crossed the Atlantic Ocean in The Mayflower, catch their first sight of the American coast off Cape Cod, New England. Their journey (and its consequences) will inspire the song Charlie Darwin by The Low Anthem.
Billboard magazine reports that an American Federation Of Musicians analysis of the recording industry in the USA and Canada (for 1951) reveals that the combined dollar volume of 45rpm and 33rpm discs now represents about 34% of the entire disc business, making serious inroads into the sales of conventional 78rpm discs. At the same time, sales of sheet music have dramatically decreased, by about 50%.
Lucky Thompson records Have You Met Miss Jones?, Solitude, Soul Food, Pennies From Heaven, How About You and Midnight Sun for Symphonium Records in Paris, France, Europe.
Bob Dylan spends the second of three days recording his debut album, Bob Dylan, at Studio A, Columbia Records, Seventh St, New York City, USA. Total cost runs to $400.
Miles Davis fails to perform a scheduled show at The Uptown Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, which also features Aretha Franklin and Jimmy Smith. Davis will be sued and will have to pay $8,000 to deejay George Woods in compensation for lost ticket income.
The Kingston Trio enter the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA with Greenback Dollar, written by Hoyt Axton. It will peak at No21.
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The Ronettes sign a recording contract with producer Phil Spector, which will become the subject of a multi-million dollar royalty dispute almost forty years later.
Ray Charles plays the last of three nights at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Over the three nights he has grossed $60,097.
George Jones records Holiday For Love, Gold And Silver, Love's Gonna Live Here and She's Mine, at Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Jimmy Hendrix [later to become Jimi Hendrix] writes a letter to his girlfriend Fayne Pridgeon in New York City, USA. His relationship with her is ending.
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Kassner Associated Publishers send a cheque for £27 5s 3d for royalties to Dave Davies, guitarist with The Kinks.
The Doors are offered $100,000 by Universal Studios to appear in a motion picture. They turn the offer down.
An injunction is granted to Warrick County, Indiana, USA, with the intention of preventing a proposed music festival for 60,000 people at Chandler Raceway Park near Evansville. The injunction will succeed, but the promoters will re-locate the festival to Bull Island on the Wabash River where it will become a disaster of significant proportions known as The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival.
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John Lennon is awarded $144,700 worth of damages at the end of a court case against Roulette Records owner Morris Levy in New York City, USA, who had improperly released an album of Lennon material.
Acclaimed music star Fela Kuti is convicted of currency smuggling in Nigeria, Africa, and receives a five year prison sentence.
After serving several months of his sentence for drug possession and other charges, James Brown is put on a work-release program. He moves from his jail to the Lower Savannah Work Center, South Carolina, USA, where he provides counselling for drug addicts, which earns him four dollars an hour.
The Internal Revenue Service in the USA seizes property belonging to Willie Nelson in six states, including his recording studio in Austin, Texas, to pay off his $6.5m tax arrears.
Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses attacks a fan who is taking photographs at a concert in the Riverport Performing Arts Center, Maryland Heights, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. 2,500 fans riot, the show is stopped, $200,000 worth of damage is done, sixty people are injured and sixteen arrested.
The Rolling Stones announce that a staggering $313m was taken in ticket sales alone by their Voodoo Lounge tour, topping their 1989 Steel Wheels record of $290m (£185m).
The Russian Beer Lovers political party offers $17,000 to Michael Jackson to sing at a political rally in Moscow, Russia, Europe. He doesn't.
Arctic Monkeys play their first-ever live gig, at The Grapes, Sheffield, UK. They play mostly cover versions, for which they are paid £27.
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The Concert for Relief benefit featuring the Dave Matthews Band, The Neville Brothers and The John Butler Trio raises $1.5 million for the Bama Works Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund to provide short-term disaster relief and long-term rebuilding efforts.
Country music singer and songwriter Billy Joe Shaver turns himself in to police at McLennan County Jail, Waco, Texas, USA. Warrants for Shaver's arrest had been issued the previous day by police in Lorena, Texas, USA, because he had recently shot Billy Bryant Coker, in the face with a handgun, following a confrontation in Papa Joe's Texas Saloon, Lorena. He is released after an hour on a $50,000 bond and gives his scheduled performance at Waterloo Records in Austin that evening.
Michael Jackson refinances his Neverland ranch in Los Angeles, California, USA, to the tune of $25m, to save it from being auctioned off to pay for his debts.
On her Sticky And Sweet tour, when Madonna over-runs the venue's curfew by forty minutes at Wembley Arena, London, England, UK, she is fined more than $250,000.
A nude photograph of Madonna, taken in 1979, sets a new record when it sells for $37,500 (£26,000) at Christie's auction house in New York City, USA.
It is reported that Joss Stone is desperate to leave her record label, EMI, because she feels her relationship with the company has broken down. She is said to be prepared to pay back £2m to EMI to free herself of the contract.
It is learned that singer Kelis and rapper Nas have divorced when legal documents are filed at Los Angeles County Superior Court, Los Angeles, California, USA, stating that Nas has been ordered to pay over $10,000 a month for child and spousal support.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner rules that Joel Tenenbaum, a Boston University student ordered to pay $675,000 for copyright infringement, need only pay one tenth of that fine. The judge states that the fine was "unconstitutionally excessive." . Tenenbaum had downloaded and shared music files to millions of people by uploading the files onto P2P networks including Napster and Limewire.
A yellowed sheet of lined A4 paper bearing the hand-written lyric of The Doors' song L.A. Woman, written by Jim Morrison, is auctioned in Berkshire, UK, fetching a price of £13,000.
An Epiphone Casino Guitar signed by Jimmy Page [Led Zeppelin], Keith Richards, [Rolling Stones], David Gilmour [Pink Floyd], Eric Clapton, Brian May [Queen], Mick Jones [The Clash], Roger Daltrey [The Who], Paul Weller [The Jam/Style Council] and Gary Moore [Thin Lizzy] is auctioned on behalf of Pup Aid at Bonham's in London, UK. The auction raises £2,640.
It is reported that music fans have now spent more than £1bn on downloads in the seven years since legal digital services were launched in the UK, and that 21 by Adele is now the biggest-selling album online.
In San Francisco, California, USA, Federal Judge Susan Illston allows a class action lawsuit to go forward against Universal Music Group in which Rob Zombie and the estate of Rick James are trying to claim back unpaid royalty revenue from digital music sales. If the class action succeeds, the cost to record companies could run to billions of dollars.
It is reported that US tax authorities are suing 90s hip hop superstar MC Hammer for $779,585 in unpaid taxes.
It is reported that Amy Winehouse's North London, UK, residence is being sold by her father Mitch for £2.7m. The house is listed on an estate agency's website, described as a 'substantial and impressive three double bedroom, three reception room semi-detached period villa with well-proportioned private gardens'.
The Sunday Times Rich List reveals Adele to be the UK's richest young musician with a £30m fortune. Sir Paul McCartney is wealthiest music millionaire overall with £680m. Ed Sheeran, who will top the list a few years later is at joint 17th in the young musicians' section with £5m, along with the members of One Direction and Emeli Sande.
The childhood home of John Lennon of The Beatles - 9 Newcastle Road, Liverpool, UK - goes up for auction at The Cavern Club, Liverpool.
Money On My Mind by Sam Smith makes its debut at No1 on the Official UK Singles Chart.
It is announced that a new scheme to help independent British music companies grow their overseas export markets has been launched, under the name The Music Export Growth Scheme. The scheme will allocate millions of pounds of grants to independent music companies and will be run by UK Trade And Investment (UKTI), the Government organisation that supports UK business overseas, and BPI, the trade body that represents British recorded music businesses.
M.I.A., with A$AP Ferg, plays the first of two nights at The Knockdown Center, Queens, New York City, USA.
One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson completes his takeover of Doncaster Rovers football team. Tomlinson and former Rovers' chairman John Ryan are now co-chairmen and equal partners in the team.
Beyonce, with an estimated $115m income for the past year, tops the Forbes 100 List of the World's Most Powerful Celebrities. Other musicians high in the listing include Dr. Dre, Jay Z, Rihanna and Katy Perry.
In a fund-raising effort for World Elephant Day The Nature Conservancy auctions a Martin D-28 left-handed guitar autographed by Sir Paul McCartney, provided by Martin Guitars. In a reference to the famous inscription on Woody Guthrie's guitar, Sir Paul has written 'This Guitar Saves Elephants' on the body of the instrument. The instrument sells for $50,000.
Pollstar publishes the Top 20 concert tours in the USA for the past week showing Paul McCartney at No1, followed by Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Cher and The Zac Brown Band. The McCartney tour drew an average of $3,229,604 per city.
Billboard magazine estimates that the music touring industry globally is approaching $20bn annually - its highest level ever.
ASAP Rocky releases his second LP, At Long. Last. ASAP, on A$AP Worldwide Records.
Dene Michael Betteridge, frontman of successful 80s pop group Black Lace is jailed for six months at The Crown Court, Leeds, England, UK, Europe, after pocketing £24,000 in benefits by claiming to be severely disabled, despite still performing on stage with the band.
A$AP Rocky is found guilty of assault in court in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe, and is given a suspended sentence.
Forbes magazine reports that the biggest dollar gainer among people already on their Wealthiest Celebrities list is Jay-Z ($900m). His net worth is up $90m from 2017's figure thanks to his involovement in companies including Armand de Brignac champagne and D'Ussé cognac, plus holdings in his entertainment empire Roc Nation and his streaming service Tidal.