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Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) by Beyonce scores its fourth week at No1 in the Billboard US Hot 100.
Billboard reports that the Court of Appeal in Rome, Italy, has ruled that Prince's 1994 hit "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" borrowed heavily from "Takin' Me to Paradise," written by Bruno Bergonzi and Michele Vicino. A second ruling, however, is required before the decision is made final.
The Buzzcocks play at Manchester Academy 1, Manchester, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Lurkers.
David 'Fathead' Newman, a jazz/r'n'b saxophonist who worked with Ray Charles, Herbie Mann, Stanley Turrentine and others, dies.
Corey Daum, formerly guitarist with Lizzy Borden, dies in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, after the car in which he is a passenger smashes into a concrete wall. The driver, Charles Wolford, immediately confesses to driving under the influence and is charged with vehicular homicide.
Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song) by Chris Young is released to radio in the USA by RCA Records.
Kelly Clarkson's My Life Would Suck Without You rockets from No97 to No1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA, setting a new record for the biggest leap into the top spot in the chart's 50-year history.
Amanda Ghost, the co-writer of James Blunt's hit You're Beautiful, is named president of Epic Records.
Dave Rowntree, drummer of recently re-formed UK band Blur, denies that he intends to leave the band to become a lawyer.
Serbian music promoter Rajko Bozic arrives in Cuba, Caribbean, with instructions (allegedly from The U.S. Agency for International Development) to recruit local rapper Aldo Rodriguez of hip-hop/rap duo Los Aldeanos and spark an anti-government youth movement.
It is reported that Nonesuch Records has signed Providence, Rhode Island-based trio The Low Anthem, who will re-release their first album, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, through the label in June.
The only two surviving members of The Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, perform together at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA. The event is a benefit concert to raise funds for movie director David Lynch's meditation charity.
British duo Hurts upload their amateur video for the song Wonderful Life to YouTube. Featuring a female dancer who had responded to an advert in a shop window and was paid
Ray LaMontagne concludes a month-long North American tour at the Fillmore@Jackie Gleason, Miami, Florida.
Lady Gaga releases her debut album, The Fame, in China on Universal Music.
Donald 'Ean' Evans, bassist of The Outlaws and Lynyrd Skynyrd, dies of cancer, aged 48, at his home in Columbus, Mississippi, USA.
The second day of the Radio 1 Big Weekend is held at Lydiard Park, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. Acts appearing over the two days of the event include Snow Patrol, Kasabian, Dizzee Rascal, The Prodigy, Lily Allen, Franz Ferdinand, Scouting For Girls, The Saturdays, Maximo Park, Fightstar and N-Dubz.
Songwriter Eg White, composer of hits for Will Young, James Morrison, James Blunt, Take That, Joss Stone, Pink, Kylie Minogue, Beverly Knight, Natalie Imbruglia and others, is chosen as Songwriter Of The Year at the 54th Ivor Novello Awards in London, UK.
Akon discusses the dangers of gun violence, making reference to his fallen protege Dolla, at a meeting with students in Poughkeepsie, New York State, USA. The event is part of the community service sentence that Akon received after throwing a fan off the stage at a 2007 concert.
It is announced that Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy has been selected as an ambassador for the Staying Alive Foundation.
Singer-songwriter Diane Birch releases her debut album, Bible Belt in the USA.
Beth Ditto plays at the Summer Exhibition Preview Party 2009 at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Liam Gallagher of Oasis opens an online fashion label, Pretty Green.
Lauryn Hill cancels her planned European comeback tour for what her agent describes as unspecified 'health reasons'. The tour was to have included the Stockholm and Montreux Jazz Festivals as well as shows in Sweden, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Italy, France and Austria.
Twenty five songs, including My Generation by The Who and At Last by Etta James, are added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, in order to preserve them for posterity.
Guitarist and singer Huey Long dies aged 105 in Houston, Texas, USA. In a long and acclaimed career, he worked with The Ink Spots, Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker, The Three Deuces and many others.
Musician Chris Knox is admitted to hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, suffering from a stroke. Knox came to prominence as a rock and roll musician during the mid-70s punk rock era with his bands The Enemy and Toy Love.
The second day of the three day long Hard Rock Calling concert in Hyde Park, London, features Neil Young, Fleet Foxes, Ben Harper, Seasick Steve and The Pretenders. Sir Paul McCartney makes a surprise appearance alongside Neil Young for a rendition of The Beatles' song A Day In The Life, which closes the set.
Ne-Yo and Keri Hilson play at The Petrillo Music Shell, Grant Park, Chicago, USA.
The four-day long Roskilde Festival begins at Roskilde, Denmark, Europe, featuring Coldplay, Oasis, The Pet Shop Boys, Kanye West, Lily Allen and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
En Vogue reunite to mark their 20th anniversary as one of music's most successful female groups on the last day of the three-day long Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. Other artists appearing today include Maze [featuring Frankie Beverley], Al Green, Teena Marie, Lionel Richie and the Blind Boys Of Alabama.
The Lunar Republic Society announces that a crater on Earth's Moon has been renamed Michael Joseph Jackson, in honour of Michael Jackson. The crater, previously named Posidonius J, is located in the Moon's Lake of Dreams, close to a 1,200-acre patch of moon terrain which had been purchased by Jackson.
Dave Alvin And The Guilty Women play at The Highline Ballroom, New York City, USA.
Amy Winehouse is granted a divorce from her husband Blake Fielder-Civil by a judge in London.
Appearing on CNN's Larry King Live, Joe Jackson states that he believes the doctor who attended his son, Michael Jackson, may be to blame for the singer's death. Joe Jackson tells King, "The doctor gave him something to make him rest, and then he don't wake up no more. Something is wrong there."
Green Day play at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs play at the All Points West Festival, Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA.
The pan-European Heavy Metal festival, Sonisphere, plays the first of two nights at Knebworth House, Knebworth, UK, with headliners Linkin Park, supported by Taking Back Sunday, Anthrax, Alient Ant Farm, Bullet For My Valentine, The Wildhearts and others.
Allen Shellenberger, drummer of Lit, dies aged 39 after a fight with brain cancer, at his mother's home in Artesia, California.
Harvey Danger play at Schubas, Chicago, IL, USA.
Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel is arrested and charged with marijuana possession in New Jersey, USA.
Ingrid Michaelson releases her fourth album, Everybody. om Cabin 24 Records in the USA.
Country-rock trio Lady Antebellum release their debut album Lady Antebellum, in the UK.
Music, film and culture magazine Paste names Danger Mouse, the founder of hit-making duo Gnarls Barkley, as Best Producer Of The Decade.
German duo Ich + Ich release their third album, Gute Reise, in Germany, Europe. it will become their second No1 album in Germany.
Norah Jones releases her fourth studio album, The Fall, in The United Kingdom and France on EMI Records.
Leddra Chapman releases a new single, Story, in the UK on ALC Music.
Following a horse riding accident, singer Leona Lewis is hospitalised and treated for suspected torn ligaments in Los Angeles, California, USA,