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Neilsen Soundscan reports that Mississippi band 3 Doors Down had the most played song on American radio in 2003 with their single When I'm Gone notching up 393,679 plays.

Top Ten Most-played Singles in The USA for 2003

1. 3 Doors Down – When I’m Gone

2. 50 Cent – In Da Club

3. Evanescence – Bring Me To Life

4. Matchbox Twenty - Unwell

5. R. Kelly - Ignition

6. Sean Paul - Get Busy

7. Beyonce - Crazy In Love

8. Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee - Shake Ya Tailfeather

9. Trapt - Headstrong

10. Avril Lavigne - I'm With You

Ray Davies of The Kinks is shot in the leg while chasing a shotgun-wielding mugger, Jerome Barra, through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Barra had snatched a purse belonging to Davies' girlfriend as they strolled down Burgundy Street in the early evening.
James Lawrence of Hope Of The States hangs himself at Real World Studios, owned by Peter Gabriel, in Box, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe. The group had been recording its debut album.
In Chicago, Illinois, Judge Vincent Guaghan orders R&B star R. Kelly, who is awaiting trial on child pornography charges, to stay away from Michael Jackson, who is facing child molestation charges, at the Grammy Awards ceremonies next month. This is regarded as odd, because Jackson is not expected to attend the Grammies.
Bob Dylan is a celebrity guest at the Art For Aids III event, in the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort And Spa, Laguna Beach, California, USA.
Blues singer and guitarist Keb' Mo' releases the album Keep It Simple in the USA, which will earn him his third Grammy Award in the contemporary blues genre.
The album Twentysomething by Malmesbury-raised jazz star Jamie Cullum goes double-platinum in the UK.
Hawkwind play at the City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
It is announced that the British hit album Twentysomething by Malmesbury-raised jazz star Jamie Cullum is now also high in the charts in Norway, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Sweden and Austria.
Efterklang play at The Basement, Copenhagen, Denmark, with Skyphone.
Ween release a new album, Live In Chicago, in the USA.
Jazz piano star Jamie Cullum appears live on tv talk show Late Night With Conan O'Brien in the USA.
Richard Thompson plays at the The City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK.
Efterklang play at Sonordica, Studenterhuset, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton is proclaimed the No1 country ballad of all-time in the premiere of CMT 100 Greatest Love Songs.
Warner Music Group announces plans to buy Madonna's shares of the Maverick Records label which the singer had co-founded twelve years earlier. (2004 )
Halfway through David Bowie's third song at the Norwegian Wood music festival in Oslo, Norway, Europe, a fan throws a lollipop which lodges in Bowie's eye requiring him to receive medical treatment.
The second day of the annual Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, UK, is headlined by Paul McCartney. Also appearing are Black Eyed Peas, The Killers, LostProphets and The Duke Spirit.
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Elvis Costello and The Metropole Orchestra play at the Buhrmann Midsummer Jazz Gala, in the Netherlands Congress Centre, The Hague, Netherlands, Europe.
It is announced that the album Twentysomething by Malmesbury-raised jazz star Jamie Cullum has now gone gold in Australia and New Zealand.
Legendary jazz saxophonist Illinois Jacquet dies in New York City, USA, aged 81.
Bill Brown, a former guitarist with a leter line-up of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, dies in Springfield, Missouri.
Bono of U2 flies to Omaha, Nebraska, USA, where, the following day, he is to sing at the funeral of Susan Buffett. The wife of millionaire investor Warren Buffett, she shared with Bono a concern for promoting AIDS awareness and prevention.
Following an extended drug binge, funk superstar Rick James, aka Superfreak, dies of a heart attack, aged 56, in Los Angeles, California, USA. The autopsy finds cocaine, methamphetamine, diazepam, bupropion, Xanax, citalopram, Vicodin, digoxin and clorpheniramine in his system.
The City Of Chicago declares this day to be Frankie Knuckles Day, in honour of pioneering house music DJ Frankie Knuckles. On the same day, a stretch of street on Jefferson Street between Jackson Boulevard and Madison Street is re-named Frankie Knuckles Way, because Knuckles' first club, The Warehouse, had been located on that spot. Illinois state senator Barack Obama was instrumental in making these two honours happen.
When The Queen musical We Will Rock You opens at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, the hotel's casino offers $5 Queen gambling chips.
Ozzy Osbourne appears, with his mouth gagged, in an advertisement for a British television charity event, Children In Need. His wife Sharon promises viewers that Ozzy will raise funds by abstaining from swearing for twenty four hours.
The Backstreet Boys play in Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai, Asia.
It is confirmed that Mary J.Blige will be performing live at tomorrow night's Mobo Awards ceremony at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK.
The Backstreet Boys play in Yoyogi Gym, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty and Bright Eyes play a concert in support of US Presidential candidate John Kerry at The Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
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R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty and Bright Eyes play a concert in support of US Presidential candidate John Kerry at the Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
R.E.M. release their thirteenth studio album, Around The Sun, on Warner Bros Records, around the world with the exception of the USA.
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Motley Crue guitarist, Mick Mars undergoes full hip replacement surgery in Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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Music trade bible Billboard in the USA announces that porn movie star, and heiress to the Hilton family millions, Paris Hilton has signed a worldwide album deal with Warner Bros.
British jazz and R'n'B drummer Bill Eyden, a stalwart of Georgie Fame's Blue Flames and other bands, dies. Eyden was also the session man who played drums on A Whiter Shade Of Pale by Procol Harum.
Marc Almond is seriously injured in an accident while riding pillion on a motorbike in London, England, UK, Europe.
Sir Cliff Richard and Alvin Stardust attend the first night of Oscar Wilde – The Musical, at the Shaw Theatre, London, England, UK. The show, written by UK radio deejay Mike Read, will close the following day after scathing reviews, making it the fastest closing musical in the history of London's West End.
Congolese music star Papa Wemba appears in court in Paris, France, Europe, on charges relating to the smuggling of illegal immigrants from Africa to Europe under the pretense that they were members of his band. A month later he will be sentenced to thirty months in jail and a $13,000 fine. Most of the sentence, however, is suspended because of time already spent in jail while awaiting trial.
The Czars play at Hanbury Ballroom, Brighton, England, UK.
Anastacia plays at The SECC, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Incubus play at the Kansas Coliseum, Valley Center, Kansas, USA.
Former Navy S.E.A.L. A mbrose Kappos goes on trial, in Manhattan, New York City, USA, on charges of having stalked Sheryl Crow and her family over a period of several years.
U2 release a new album, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, on Island Records.
Elvis Costello plays in the A Day On The Green concert at Yarra Vale, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania.
Elvis Costello plays in the A Day On The Green concert, Barossa Valley, Australia, Oceania.
Jazz and blues saxophonist, Dick Heckstall-Smith perhaps best-known as a founder-member of pioneering UK jazz-rock band Colosseum, dies of cancer, aged 70 in London, UK.
Elton John plays the last of three nights at Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK.
Marc Cohn plays at Park West, Chicago, Illinois, USA.