2003 – AC/DC wannabes The Datsuns win Album of the Year, Export Gold Best Group, Outstanding International Achievement and Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards.
2003 – Earl King is buried in a raucous “jazz funeral” in New Orleans. The guitarist and singer, who died aged 69, wrote the standards “Big Chief” and “Come On (Let the Good Times Roll),” which was covered by Jimi Hendrix. Both Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton send condolences.
2003 – Listener to the U.K.’s Virgin radio declare the top 3 greatest songs of the past 20 years to be Oasis’ “Wonderwall,” The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony,” and R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts.”
2003 – Madonna tops the album charts with her 11th album American Life. Sniffing at the Material Madame’s heels is 50 Cent, whose Get Rich or Die Tryin’ leaps back up to No. 2.
2003 – Ancient metal band Great White play their first gig since a fire at one of their Rhode Island shows killed 100 people. The concert is to establish a scholarship fund for the son of Great White guitarist Ty Longley, who died in the fire.
2003 – Madonna tells Matt Lauer on Dateline that she’s amazed at the need to become famous these days, and laments that fame has never satisfied her.
2003 – Pearl Jam buy a 1,400 square-mile area of rainforest in Madagascar to compensate for the 5,700 tons of greenhouse gas emissions they estimate their current North American tour with incur.
2003 – Jack Osbourne, son of Ozzy, enters the Las Encinas rehab clinic in Pasadena. He had been suffering from insomnia and depression following the success of the The Osbournes TV show.
2003 – A $5 million lawsuit against former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty was dismissed after a personal-injury lawyer claimed that he suffered hearing loss in his left ear from attending a Fogerty concert. The Judge said the plaintiff assumed the risk of hearing damage when he attended the concert in 1997.
2003 – Iggy Pop reunites with the Stooges for the first time in decades on the closing night of California’s Coachella Festival. Other performers include the White Stripes, the Hives, Primal Scream, Blur, Hot Hot Heat, the Libertines and Queens of the Stone Age.
2003 – US TV’s Pop Idol winner Kelly Clarkson was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Thankful.’
2003 – Madonna went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘American Life’, the singers eighth No.1 album. Also a US No.1 album.