2005 – Cat Stevens – now known as Yusuf Islam – visits the tsunami-stricken Aceh province in Indonesia. The “Moonshadow” singer turned devout Muslim gives money to orphaned children in tent camps and prays at Banda Aceh’s central mosque.
2005 – The Chemical Brothers went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Push The Button’, the duo’s fourth UK No.1 album. The Game had the US No.1 album with ‘The Documentary.’
2005 – The King defeats the Queen of Crunk, as Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now Or Never” knocks Ciara’s “Goodies” off the top of the U.K. singles chart. The Chemical Brothers have the No. 1 album with Push the Button.
2005 – A day before Michael Jackson’s trial on molestation charges is due to start, the King of Pop addresses his fans via an online video message. He describes grand jury testimony leaked to TV as “disgusting and false” and asks for a fair trial. Jury selection begins in the Michael Jackson child-molestation trial. Jackson, […]
2005 – Scottish artist Martyn Bennett dies in Edinburgh following a long battle with cancer. He is 33. A traditional bagpiper and fiddler, Bennett also experimented with electronic music, creating techno Celtic dance.
2005 – The Arctic Monkeys’ Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not sells a 363,700 copies in its first week of release to become the No. 1 album in the U.K. and the fastest selling U.K. debut ever. Notorious B.I.G., P. Diddy and Nelly top the singles chart with “Nasty Girl.”
2005 – Legendary rock drummer Jim Capaldi with U.K. folk-prog legends Traffic, dies after a brief fight with stomach cancer. He is 60-years-old.
2005 – Following a suicide attempt, Capitol Records artist Houston gouges out one of his eyes. The singer first attempts to jump out of a London hotel window. Prevented from doing so by his security staff, Houston is locked in his room, at which time the selfinflicted eye injury occurs.