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The massive HMV music retail chain announces that it will close up to 60 of its British stores during the next year, after reporting a 14.1% drop in like-for-like sales at its UK and Ireland stores over the Christmas season.
Pain Of Salvation play at The Pavilion, Nicosia, Cyprus, Europe.
Leaf Hound play at The Unicorn, London, UK.
Bright Eyes play at Rock City, Nottingham, UK.
Cara Dillon plays at The Festival Theatre, Chichester, England, UK, Europe.
High On Fire play at Slim's, San Francisco, California, USA.
The movie Burlesque starring Cher and Christina Aguilera opens in Hong Kong, Asia.
Mr. Big release their seventh LP, What If... on LOEN Entertainment in Korea, Asia.
Singer-songwriter James Taylor is awarded The National Medal of Arts and Humanities by President Obama at the White House, Washington, DC, USA.
On their Live 2011 tour, Bon Jovi play the second of two nights at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On their World Contamination Tour, My Chemical Romance play at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland, Europe.
On his Doowops And Hooligans tour Bruno Mars plays at Store Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe.
Marilyn Manson attends the premiere of Scream 4 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Slayer and Megadeth play at The Klokgebouw, Eindhoven, Holland, Europe.
Belle And Sebastian play at The Gasometer, Vienna, Austria, Europe.
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club featuring Omara Portuondo play at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
S And M by Rihanna - a re-mix version featuring Britney Spears - reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA.
Rammstein play at Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington, USA.
During her Loud Tour, Rihanna plays the first of two nights at The Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada.
Leslie West, best-known as guitarist for Mountain, is admitted to hospital in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA, after his right leg begins to swell and his foot turns septic.
The Diodes are voted "Best Toronto Band. Ever" in a contest run by The Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Readers vote for the pioneering punk quartet over the course of a month, beating out such peers as Rush, The Tragically Hip, Martha And The Muffins, and others.
During their Progress Live tour, Take That play the sixth of eight nights at Wembley Stadium, London, UK.
On her Femme Fatale tour, Britney Spears plays at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Rihanna is named as the new 'face of Emporio Armani'. She will begin appearing in advertisements for the fall-winter collection of the Italian fashion house by September.
In court in Burbank, California, USA, rapper Tone-Loc pleads not guilty at Burbank Superior Court, Burbank, California, USA, after being charged with possessing an assault weapon and domestic violence.
On the seventh leg of their 360 Degree Tour, U2 play at Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, supported by Interpol.
Marshall Grant, Johnny Cash's longtime bassist and co-founder of the Tennessee Two, dies aged 83 while in Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA, for the Johnny Cash Festival.
On her California Dreams tour Katy Perry plays the second of two nights in the Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, California, USA.
1980's glam-metal rockers Odin play at The Whisky A Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Lindsey Buckingham releases a new album, Seeds We Sow in the UK.
One Direction release their debut single, What Makes You Beautiful, in the UK on Syco Records.
Laura Marling plays at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Alessi's Ark.
Twin Shadow play at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Slash starts work on his second album, Apocalyptic Love, at Barefoot Recording Studio, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Keith Urban plays at The Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
On their Come Around Sundown tour, Kings Of Leon play at The Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Primus play at The Wiltern, Los Angeles, California, USA.
A Metallica gig, scheduled for tonight in Delhi, India, is cancelled, allegedly because of a damaged safety barrier in front of the stage. After hearing the news, dozens of angry fans raid the stage and vandalise equipment.
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Primus play at The Greek Theatre, Berkeley, California, USA.
Split Lip Rayfield play at The Double Door, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Justin Bieber does a guest host spot on satellite radio station SiriusXM Hits 1 in New York City, USA.
The Horrors play at Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao, Spain, Europe.
Kaiser Chiefs play at The Taksirat Festival, Skopje, Macedonia, Europe.
Little Mix release their cover version of the Damien Rice composition, Cannonball, as their debut single in the UK.
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Kasabian play an acoustic version of Re-Wired at a pre-Christmas party in deejay Fearne Cotton's kitchen for the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, London, UK. Also at the party are Noah And The Whale, McFly and Professor Green.
Christmas In Chicago, a show starring Donny And Marie Osmond, plays the eighteenth of nineteen nights at The Oriental Theatre, in the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Chicago, Illinois, USA.