2001 – Los Angeles radio station KROQ plays a tape of Britney Spears using the “f”-word several times backstage at this month’s Rock in Rio festival.
2001 – Mark Oliver was found guilty by a London court of stealing luggage belonging to Victoria Beckham from Heathrow Airport. Police issued a list of the £23,000 worth of clothes, which included 14 pairs of shoes, and a mini-skirt worth £2,000.
2001 – an English coroner criticised the rap singer Eminem’s lyrics as depressing during an inquest into the death of a schoolboy who threw himself in front of a train. The 17-year old boy had printed out the lyrics to Eminem’s track ‘Rock Bottom’ before his death.
2001 – Rapper Jamal “Shyne” Barrow, a co-defendant in the gun-possession and bribery trial of Sean “Puffy” Combs, is arrested after being involved in a car accident in New York that leaves two people seriously injured. Barrow is accused of running a red light and hitting another vehicle while driving without a license.
2001 – Bob Dylan picks up the best original song _ motion picture honor at the 58th annual Golden Globes ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Dylan beats out tow-time nominee Bjork.
2001 – During a UK tour Marilyn Manson appeared at the Birmingham NEC, with special guests Disturbed. Tickets cost £16.50 ($28.05).
2001 – Texas went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Greatest Hits’. Limp Bizkit started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rollin’.
2001 – Pianist and conductor Stan Freeman dies at his L.A. home from emphysema. He is
2001 – a memorial service was held for Kirsty MacColl who was killed in a boating accident off the coast of Mexico in December 2000. Bono from U2 and Billy Bragg were among friends and fans that packed St Martin-in-the-fields church in London.
2001 – Travis Tritt performs at the Republican Texas Senators Ball in Washington, D.C., part of the festivities surrounding the inauguration of President-elect George W. Bush. Tritt supported Bush during his campaign, appearing at multiple rallies.
2001 – it was reported that Paul McCartney was set to become the world’s first pop star billionaire. McCartney was said to be worth £725 million ($1,233) and was expected to become a billionaire after huge sales from The Beatles compilation hits album.