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US tv network CBS reports that Madonna
is putting her Wiltshire country estate
up for sale, just one year after buying it, because she feels she does not have enough privacy, and dislikes English blood sports ' in which her husband Guy Ritchie
Trance music composer Bonky
dies in a diving accident in Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia.
's album Ray Of Light is certified as 6x platinum in the UK. Her hits compilation, The Immaculate Collection, is certified as 12x platinum in the UK.
Latin percussion virtuoso Mongo Santamaria
dies aged 85, after suffering a stroke, in Miami, Florida, USA.
play at The UEA, Norwich, England, UK.
play at The Dome, Brighton, England, UK.
play at Barrowland, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
play at Barrowland, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
triggers a major poltical incident when she declares the band's opposition to the imminent invasion of Iraq and states, "Just so you know, we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas."
At a live show in London, England, UK, Europe, Natalie Maines of Texan country-rock trio The
play at The Zodiac, Oxford, England, UK.
dies in Liverpool, UK. He made his mark as a journalist and broadcaster but also as a gifted musician and composer, perhaps best-remembered for composing the theme music for the British tv police series Z Cars
, which reached the Top Ten during the mid-1960s. A long-time resident of Liverpool, Spiegl was principal flautist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
for more than a decade.
When Biffy Clyro
play at Queen Margaret's Union [QMU], Glasgow, Scotland, singer Simon Neil breaks his foot in a leap from the top of a speaker stack onto the stage.
The Black Keys
release their second album, Thickfreakness, on Fat Possum Records in the USA.
Prisoner of war Patrick Miller is rescued in Iraq after several weeks in captivity, during which he annoyed his captors by loudly singing Toby Keith's fiercely patriotic song Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American).
begins a one-week stint as the center square on tv game show Hollywood Squares in the USA. Occupying other squares are Henry Winkler, John Ritter and Kermit The Frog.
The town of Hoboken, New Jersey, USA, names its post office after Frank Sinatra
, who was born there.
release their nine-song debut album, I Am The Fun Blame Monster! [an anagram of "The First Menomena Album"] in the USA on FILMguerrero Records.
play at Vesterbro Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
, who has been in a coma since suffering a stroke in April, is moved from a Hospital in New York City, USA, to a rehabilitation centre.
, who had been in a coma since suffering a stroke in April, is moved from a New York Hospital to a rehabilitation centre.
Barry White dies of kidney failure, aged 58.
film the promo video to their song Someday in their hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Jazz saxophone star Benny Carter
dies from complications of bronchitis, aged 95, in Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Shawn Lane, guitarist, dies of a heart attack in hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, aged 40. Lane is perhaps best-remembered as guitarist of Southern Rock band Black Oak Arkansas. However, his exceptional musical skills led him on to a rather lower-profile but highly-acclaimed career in instrumental rock, jazz fusion and world music.
Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice
plays in The Aladdin Club, Portland, Oregon, USA.
guitarist Steve Hackett
plays the first of two nights at The Stables, Milton Keynes, England, UK, Europe.
play at The Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
plays at The Stables, Milton Keynes, UK.
While in London, UK, to promote their new compilation album, In Time, R.E.M.
play a ten-song show to just 250 people at the tiny Bush Hall.
Singer-songwriter Elliott Smith
is found dead from stab wounds at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Silverlake, California, USA.
Celldweller play at Tremont Music Hall, 400 West Tremont Avenue, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, supported by Deadstar Assembly.
's second wife, Diana Alexander, files for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court, Los Angeles, California, USA, citing 'irreconcilable differences'.
and Andy Hui play at The Hong Kong Harbour Fest, part of a government-underwritten HK$1 billion program of high profile concerts running for almost a month, intended to help revive the economy of Hong Kong after the SARS epidemic.
The album Twentysomething by Malmesbury-raised jazz star Jamie Cullum
goes platinum in the UK. Having sold over 300,000 copies, the album made Jamie the biggest selling UK jazz artist of all time.
ends the year as the UK's biggest selling jazz artist of all time, having signed a £1m record deal eight months earlier and released Twentysomething
- his major label debut - which became the fastest-selling jazz album in British chart history.