2004 – Courtney Love enters a formal plea of “not guilty” to two charges of felony drug possession in Los Angeles after turning up an hour late for her court appearance.
2004 – The L.A. recording studios of Ray Charles _ RPM International _ are designated as a historic landmark at a public ceremony. “Thank you all from my heart,” Charles tells the audience gathered at the studios.
2004 – Michael Jackson pleads not guilty to a 10 count indictment which includes charges of child molestation, extortion, false imprisonment, child abduction and giving a minor an intoxicating agent.
2004 – Christina Aguilera cancels her spring tour with rap star Chingy (“Right Thurr”), blaming vocal strain.
2004 – Buddy Guy and Etta James are the big winners at the W.C. Handy Blues Awards, presented by the non-profit Blues Foundation at the Cannon Center Ballroom in Memphis. Singer/guitarist Guy was named contemporary blues male artist of the year, and his Silvertone album “Blues Singer” was selected blues album of the year and […]
2004 – Usher tops the U.S. album chart for the fifth week with Confessions. The top three is rounded out by two new entries: Mario Winans’ Hurt No More at No. 2 and Prince’s Musicology at No. 3.
2004 – Radiohead is forced to cancel its show in Melbourne after lead singer Thom Yorke develops severe problems with his voice. A local specialist diagnoses Yorke with hoarseness of voice, a significant upper airway infection and associated heavy inflammation of his vocal chords.
2004 – Sir Elton John calls American Idol voters “incredibly racist” after black singer Jennifer Hudson is knocked out of the competition.
2004 – Emo rockers Denail split – not easy considering the two remaining members were brother and sister. But, says, their press release, “”Due to differences in the band, Denali cannot continue in the current state.”
2004 – Electronica godfathers Orbital – brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll – announce they’re splitting. “Orbital has run its course,” says Paul. “We’re both pursuing different avenues with our music. And we’ve been sat, as brothers, in the same room for 15 years now – and studios are always confined spaces – I think it’s […]
2004 – UK tabloid The Sunday Mirror reports that Ringo Starr has undergone an operation on his shoulder for bone spurs.
2004 – Eamon stays atop the UK singles chart for a second week with “F**k It (I Don’t Want You Back)”. The No. 1 album is Guns N’ Roses greatest hits collection.