2003 – Rappers Eminem and Nas receive awards for youth empowerment and community development at the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network’s (HSAN) Detroit even. Eminem is honored with HSAN’s outstanding achievement award for his charity work in his hometown of Detroit, while Nas receives the heroes award for his song “I Can,” the inspirational lyrics or […]
2003 – David Lee Roth apprehends and detains a knife-wielding man he discovers trespassing on his Southern California estate. The former Van Halen frontman keeps the felon at bay with a shotgun. Imagine this guy with a shot gun…. AAHHHH… sorry… little joke David. You Still Kick Ass.
2003 – Pop singer Kelly Clarkson and rock legends Styx both cancel shows in Toronto following warnings about the spread of the killer respiratory disease SARS.
2003 – The late jazz great Nina Simone is laid to rest in Carry-Le-Rouet, France. Miriam Makeba attends and Elton John sends a bouqet of roses.
2003 – Jim Morrison’s parents sue the Doors 21st Century – made up of Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger and The Cult’s Ian Astbury – claiming their U.S. tour “maliciously misappropriated” the name and logo of the original Doors lineup.
2003 – in this years Sunday Times Rich List, Paul McCartney was confirmed as the world’s richest musician with a fortune worth over £760m. Madonna was 4th in the list with £227m, Mick Jagger 6th with £175m and Elton John 7th with £170m. Ozzy Osbourne became the 24th richest musician after earning an estimated £42m from […]
2003 – the first official UK download chart was compiled after the big five record companies- EMI, Warners, Sony, BMG and Universal combined for a Digital Download day. Over 150,000 computer users had downloaded 1.1m tracks. The Net Parade Top 3: No.3, Tatu, ‘All The Things She Said’, No, 2, Coldplay, ‘Clocks’ and No.1 Christina Aguilera, […]
2003 – “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer Sinead O’Connor tells her Web site users that she’s retiring from the music business. She adds, “I would request that as of July, since I seek no longer to be a ‘famous’ person, and instead I wish to live a ‘normal’ life, could people please afford me my […]
2003 – The White Stripes perform their cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” on Late Night With Conan O’Brien. The feted Detroit rockers play four straight nights on the TV talkfest.
2003 – Already under fire for their criticism of George W. Bush, the Dixie Chicks appear nude on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. The C&W trio say the pic is “about clothes getting in the way of labels.”
2003 – Florida pomp rockers Creed are sued by four fans who claim singer Scott Stapp was so “intoxicated and/or medicated that he was unable to sing the lyrics of a single Creed song” at a 2002 Chicago show.
2003 – Bruce Springsteen defends the beleagured Dixie Chicks, who suffered a backlash after criticizing George W. Bush. In a statement, he declares, “To me, they’re terrific American artists expressing American values by using their American right to free speech. For them to be banished wholesale from radio stations, and even entire radio networks, for […]