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British music trade magazine Music Week reveals that 1.0m albums and 5.7m singles were downloaded in the UK during the last week of 2011, the biggest week ever for digital sales of both formats.
Mos Def and Talib Kweli of Black Star perform with The Roots on tv show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, in the USA.
The Doobie Brothers play at The Fantasy Springs Special Events Center, Indio, California, USA.
The Horrors play at The Kazimier, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
It is announced that Sub Pop Records in the USA has signed Poor Moon, a band from Seattle, Washington, USA, which includes two Fleet Foxes members, Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott.
Explosions In The Sky play at The O2 Academy, Leeds, UK.
It is reported that Disney has removed from sale t-shirts bearing an image of Mickey Mouse which closely resembled the artwork on the cover of Joy Division's 1979 album Unknown Pleasures. There had been criticisms earlier in the week, not just on the grounds of plagiarism, but on the suitability of using - on a t-shirt aimed at children - an image widely associated with a band whose singer, Ian Curtis, committed suicide.
During the Earth Is On Hell tour, Anthrax, Death Angel and Testament play at The Egyptian Room at The Murat Centre, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
The Spin Doctors play at Bloom, Mezzago, Italy, Europe.
It is reported that Beyonce and Jay-Z's company BGK Trademark Holdings has applied to trademark the name Blue Ivy Carter, based on the name of the baby recently born to Beyonce and Jay-Z.
Matt Cardle plays at The Oasis, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
3 Doors Down play at The O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK.
Zemfira plays at the HMV Forum, London, UK.
On their Ceremonials tour, Florence And The Machine play at The Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Matt Cardle plays at The Pavilions, Plymouth, UK.
Radiohead play at The Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, USA.
Donald 'Duck' Dunn, the bassist who helped create the gritty Memphis soul sound at Stax Records in the 1960s as part of the legendary group Booker T. And The MGs and contributed to such classics as In The Midnight Hour, Hold On, I'm Coming and [Sittin' On] The Dock of the Bay, dies in his sleep, aged 70, while on tour in Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Morrissey plays at The Maui Arts and Cultural Center's Castle Theater, Maui, Hawaii, USA.
Peter Cincotti releases a new album, Metropolis.
John Mayer releases his fifth studio album, Born And Raised, in the USA.
On The Wall Tour 2012, Roger Waters plays at Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
On the North American leg of their I'm With You tour, The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at The Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, Tennessee, USA.
The Dukes Of September, a supergroup comprising Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs, performs live on tv show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in the USA to promote their 2012 summer concert tour.
It is reported that Bella Union records has signed The Flaming Lips and will release their next album, The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends, in late July. [It was previously released only as a vinyl limited edition].
Def Leppard begin their Rock Of Ages Tour at The USANA Amphitheater, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, supported by Poison and Lita Ford.
It is announced that rapper Amplify Dot has been signed to Virgin Records/EMI on a long-term recording deal, making her the first female rapper in the UK to receive a major label album deal in over a decade, the last being Ms. Dynamite.
On her Born This Way Ball Tour, Lady Gaga plays the third of four nights at The Allphones Arena, Sydney, Australia.
On their Up All Night Tour, One Direction play at The Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
Tim Burgess and Mark Collins of The Charlatans play a live acoustic set at Alfa Live, a music event sponsored by Alfa Romeo, during the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood, UK.
Morrissey plays at The Lycabettus Theater, Athens, Greece, Europe.
Everclear play at The nTELOS Wireless Pavilion, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA.
Bon Iver play at Motovelodromo, Ferrara, Italy, Europe.
On their Ceremonials tour, Florence And The Machine play at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado, USA.
Rapper 2 Chainz releases his debut album, Based On A T.R.U. Story on Def Jam Records in France and Italy, Europe.
Sundog release the album Insofar on Editions Penguin Cafe Ltd in the UK.
On their Ceremonials tour, Florence And The Machine play at Bestival, Robin Hill Country Park, Isle Of Wight, UK.
Rise Against play at The Bayou Music Center, Houston, Texas, USA, supported by The Gaslight Anthem.
Poetry/music collective Little Machine play at The Cheltenham Litfest, Cheltenham, UK.
The Treasure Island Music Festival, a two day event, begins in San Francisco, California, USA. Artists appearing on the first day include Public Enemy, SBTRKT, Girl Talk, The Presets, Porter Robinson, Tycho, Matthew Dear, Grimes and Dirty Ghosts.
Justin Bieber plays at Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
On her Born This Way Ball Tour, Lady Gaga plays the first of two nights at Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Central America.
Guns N'Roses play the second night of a 12-show residency at The Joint Inside Hard Rock Hotel And Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Rush is inducted into The RockWalk, at the original Guitar Center location on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Trey Songz plays at The Nokia Theatre Live, Los Angeles, USA.
Squeeze play at St. David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales.
The Gaslight Anthem play at Terminal 5, New York City, USA.
Motorhead play at The Columbia Halle, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Oakland-born blues musician Seasick Steve plays at the Mangawhai Tavern in New Zealand, Australasia.
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