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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, participates.
Trance music composer Bonky dies in a diving accident in Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia.
Madonna'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.
Masked And Anonymous, a film starring Bob Dylan as Jack Fate, is premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, USA.
The Nashville Teens, The Love Affair and The Four Pennies play in a 60s revival concert at the Assembly Hall, Melksham, Wiltshire, England.
Latin percussion virtuoso Mongo Santamaria dies aged 85, after suffering a stroke, in Miami, Florida, USA.
Feeder play at The UEA, Norwich, England, UK.
Feeder play at The Dome, Brighton, England, UK.
Stone Sour play at Barrowland, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Feeder play at Barrowland, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Bowling For Soup play at The Astoria, Charing Cross, London, England, UK.
At a live show in London, England, UK, Europe, Natalie Maines of Texan country-rock trio The Dixie Chicks 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."
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The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at The Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart, Germany, Europe.
Finch play at The Zodiac, Oxford, England, UK.
Fritz Spiegl 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).
Reba McEntire 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.
Menomena 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.
Efterklang play at Vesterbro Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
Luther Vandross, 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.
Luther Vandross, 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.
Nickelback 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.
The four-day long Larmer Tree Festival, held near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, begins. Acts appearing over the weekend include Van Morrison, Jools Holland And His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, The Oysterband, Shooglenifty, Ron Sexsmith, Black Umfolosi and Laura Veirs.
Just hours before Coldplay take the stage at the Splendour In The Grass Festival in Sydney, Australia, singer Chris Martin is arrested on Seven Mile Beach, Byron Bay, for smashing the windscreen of a car belonging to photographer Jon Lister.
Tori Amos plays at The Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A new 37 cent postage stamp bearing an image of Roy Acuff, acknowledged as the King of Country Music, is issued in the USA. The official launch is held at The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, Tennessee, 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.
Featuring Long John Baldry, Zoot Money and Ray Dorset of Mungo Jerry, The Great British Legends of Rhythm And Blues tour plays in the Playhouse, Weston-Super-Mare, UK.
Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice plays in The Aladdin Club, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett plays the first of two nights at The Stables, Milton Keynes, England, UK, Europe.
R.E.M. play at The Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
Former US Navy S.E.A.L. Amb rose Kappos is charged with stalking Sheryl Crow. Three days earlier he had broken into The Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, USA, where Crow was rehearsing for a charity show.
Tom Paxton 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.
Randy Newman plays at Park West, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Proclaimers play at the The City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK.
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.
Lionel Richie's second wife, Diana Alexander, files for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court, Los Angeles, California, USA, citing 'irreconcilable differences'.
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Santana 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.
Tony Thompson, drummer with Chic and Power Station dies of kidney cancer in Los Angeles, California, USA.
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.
Jamie Cullum 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.