2005 – The Salvation Army close Strawberry Field, a Liverpool children’s home which inspired the Beatles’ song, “Strawberry Fields Forever.”
2005 – Coldplay’s new album was illegally put on the internet a week before its UK and US release. The leak took place on the day copies were sent to UK radio stations and the day before it went on sale in Japan. Security measures around the release included hosting album playbacks at Abbey Road […]
2005 – Bob Geldof and Elton John announce five July concerts that will make up Live 8 – a new initiative to raise awareness of poverty. Among the headliners are Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Lauryn Hill and Duran Duran.
2005 – A popular ringtone called “The Crazy Frog” tops the U.K. Top 40, outselling Coldplay’s comeback single “The Speed of Sound” by nearly 4 to 1. The No. 1 album is Gorillaz’s Demon Days.
2005 – Long-running Goth rockers The Cure drop keyboardist Roger O’Donnell and guitarist Perry Bamonte from their line-up.
2005 – Oscar Brown Jr., singer, composer, lyricist, playwright and black culture activist, dies in Chicago from complications from a blood infection in the lower spine. He is 78.
2005 – Montgomery Gentry performs in New York for U.S. troops returning from Iraq as part of the city’s 18th annual Fleet Week festivities. The country duo performs onboard the USS Intrepid, a retired aircraft carrier anchored on the Hudson River that is now the Sea, Air & Space Museum.
2005 – Robbie Williams was voted into first place beating Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie to be named the best live solo artist. A UK nation-wide survey of 5,000 people saw the former Take That star beat music icons including Madonna, Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan. U2 were named best live band, ahead […]
2005 – The “country girl” prevails as Carrie Underwood is named the “American Idol” at the conclusion of the Fox show’s two-hour fourth season finale at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 22-year-old Oklahoma native beats out “rocker” Bo Bice, taking in the most votes cast by viewers.
2005 – System of a Down top the American album charts with Mezmerize. Flag-waving C&W star Toby Keith debuts at No. 2 with HonkyTonk University.
2005 – Tonight Show host Jay Leno and Rush Hour star Chris Tucker both testify for the defense at Michael Jackson’s child molestation trial.
2005 – Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne put the Beverly Hills house that featured in their reality hit The Osbournes up for sale.