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Ingrid Michaelson releases her debut album, Slow The Rain, in the USA.
It is reported that sales of legally downloaded songs increased more than tenfold in 2004, reaching a total of 200m tracks bought online in the USA and Europe during the twelve month period.
Martyn Bennett, an extraordinary fiddler, bagpiper and dance innovator, dies of cancer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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The Cocteau Twins announce, via a notice on their website, that the band has re-formed. Within months, however, the re-union will flounder before any gigs can be played.
Thin Lizzy play at the Academy, Bristol, UK.
Mose Allison plays the first of three nights at Yoshi's, Oakland, California, USA.
R.E.M. play at Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria, Europe.
R.E.M. play at Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK.
On her Live At Last Tour, Anastacia plays at The Europe Hall, Karlsruhe, Germany, Europe.
Corey George, a Welsh boy in a coma after being hit by a car, returns to consciousness when his mother plays him his favourite song, American Idiot by Green Day.
Secret Garden release their eighth LP, Earthsongs, on Decca Records.
Celine Dion plays at Ceasar's Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Of A Revolution, aka O.A.R., play at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Bellrays play at Slim's, San Francisco, California, USA.
Frank Turner, Reuben and Million Dead play at The Luminaire, London, UK.
Sum 41 play at The Memorial Auditorium, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
Mark Knopfler plays at Kipsala Hall, Riga, Latvia, Europe.
On their Hot Fuss tour, The Killers play at The Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Mark Knopfler plays at The Point, Dublin, Eire, Europe.
On her Bonez tour, Avril Lavigne plays at The NEC Arena, Birmingham, England, UK.
Keyboardist Roger O’Donnell is removed from the line up of The Cure.
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Peggy Seeger's 70th Birthday Concert is held at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, England, UK. During the concert, Peggy Seeger is joined by Pete Seeger, Mike Seeger, Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy.
The highest new entry in the Portugese Albums chart is Out Of Exile by Audioslave, entering at No7.
The Rev Jesse Jackson, spiritual advisor to Michael Jackson, tells reporters outside the Santa Maria, California, USA, courthouse where Jackson's child molestation trial has been heard, that the star is 'anxiously awaiting' the jury’s verdict, but is also 'amazingly optimistic'.
Dinosaur Jr play at The Forum, Kentish Town, London, England, UK.
U2 frontman Bono holds discussions in Brussels, Belgium, Europe, with European Commission leader Jose Manuel Barroso and other world leaders, asking them to support Africa and the momentum gained by the Live8 concerts. "Put down your national flags," he tells them. "Look up from the numbers and look to the future. People are dying for the most stupid reasons."
On their Whack Attack tour ZZ Top play the first of three nights at The Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Rickie Lee Jones plays in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Rapper Cassidy is charged with murder in court in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The charge relates to an April, 2005 incident in which three men, including Cassidy, armed with .45, .40 and 9mm caliber pistols, and an AK-47 variant rifle, fired on three unarmed men during an argument in the West Oak Lane neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia.
Audioslave file an intellectual property lawsuit against Miller Beer, claiming that the company did not consult the band before using its name in an advertisment in Rolling Stone magazine.
Melanie Brown, formerly Mel B of The Spice Girls, releases a new album, LA State Of Mind in the UK.
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String Cheese Incident release a new album, One Step Closer on SCI Fidelity records in the USA.
Alanis Morissette, supported by Jason Mraz, continues her Jagged Little Pill Acoustic tour at The Paramount Theatre, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Easy listening composer and arranger Joe Harnell dies of heart failure in Sherman Oaks, California, USA. Harnell worked as an accompanist for Judy Garland, Maurice Chevalier, Marlene Dietrich and Peggy Lee, but is best known for his 1963 arrangement of Fly Me to the Moon, which won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. Harnell also composed music for numerous tv series including The Bionic Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Alien Nation, and V.
Daniel Bedingfield plays at High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Near Brandon, Suffolk, England, UK.
Teenage Fanclub begin a North American tour in Carrboro, North Carolina, USA.
It is reported that Britney Spears has donated $50,000 to the cancer charity Gilda's Club Worldwide, named in memory of Saturday Night Live comedian Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989.
The Michael Jackson compilation, The Essential is the highest new entry in the UK albums chart, entering at No2. James Blunt remains at No1 with Bedlam.
Jon Amor, the Devizes, Wiltshire, England, UK-based blues singer and songwriter formerly with The Hoax, plays at The Bear Hotel, Devizes.
Second day of the Rockinbeerfest gets underway at The King's Bush Centre, Godmanchester, Cambridge, England, UK. Artists playing over the three days of the event include Dr. Feelgood, Eddie And The Hot Rods, Hazel O'Connor, Caravan, Hugh Cornwell, Oysterband, John Otway and Ezio.
Avril Lavigne plays at The Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The four day long Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, Washington, USA, continues with performances by Trey Anastasio, Citizen Cope, John Butler Trio, Digable Planets, Lemony Snicket, Andre Feriante, DeVotchKa, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Samite, Minus the Bear, Harvey Danger, Visqueen, The Academy Is..., Hidden In Plain View, Mavis Staples, Tift Merrit, Billy Joe Shaver, The Bill Frisell Trio, The Charlie Hunter Trio and The Duke Robillard Band.
Coldplay play at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre-NC, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
Paul Westerberg plays a private show at a new retail outlet being opened by The First Act Guitar Studio, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Tino Gonzalez releases a new album, Latin Gypsy, in the UK on MusicBeat Records.
The Fight play at Joiners, Southampton, England, UK.
Diary Of Dreams and Silence play at Schwimmbad Music Club, Heidelberg, Germany, Europe.
Oceansize play at The University, Hull, England, UK.
The eight-day long Trinidad And Tobago Steelpan Jazz Festival begins. Artists appearing over the next eight days include Steel Pulse, Al Jarreau, David 'Fathead' Williams, David Rudder and others.
Actress Valerie Bertinelli files for divorce from rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen, on grounds of irreconcilable differences, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
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