2005 – Nick Carter from The Backstreet Boys was fined $1,200 (£664) after admitting to drink-driving in California. The 25-year-old singer was also put on probation for three years, ordered to attend an alcohol education course and banned from driving for 90 days.
2005 – Kanye West emerges a double winner at the 2005 BET Awards, picking up statuettes for best male hip-hop artist and video of the year for “Jesus Walks.”
2005 – 2 Pac feat Elton John was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with Ghetto Gospel. Written by Tupac Shakur and produced by Eminem. The song uses samples from the Elton John song ‘Indian Sunset’ from his 1971 album Madman Across the Water.
2005 – The Supreme Court rules that file-sharing networks are liable for copyright infringements when they create and distribute software that allows users to illegally swap MP3s. The ruling comes in the case of MGM vs. file-sharing company Grokster.
2005 – Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley undergoes a five-hour triple-bypass procedure in a hospital near his Southwestern Virginia home. The surgery is described in a statement as uneventful. The 78-year-old artist’s doctors recommend the procedure after a routine checkup the week before.
2005 – Seven years after his Deaths, rap legend TuPac has the first U.K. No. 1 single of his career, as “Ghetto Gospel” featuring Elton John debuts at the top.
2005 – Nine Inch Nails close the Coachella Festival in California. Other performers during the day included New Order, The Bravery and Mos Def.
2005 – tickets for a forthcoming Rolling Stones gig at the Hollywood Bowl were set to become the most expensive in rock ‘n’ roll history. Fans would have to pay up to £249 for a seat – £2 per minute to watch the Stones.
2005 – The Thrills, The Zutons, Doves, The Killers, White Stripes, Kaiser Chiefs, Ash, The Coral, Keane, New Order, Coldplay, James Blunt, Brian Wilson, Garbage, Primal Scream and Basement Jaxx all appeared at this years UK Glastonbury Festival.
2005 – Four people are stabbed, one fatally, at a Corrosion Of Conformity show at the Masquerade club in Ybor City, Fla. According to police, a fight between two women broke out in the mosh pit in front of the stage but spread to other members of the audience.
2005 – Coldplay’s X&Y stays atop the American album chart for a second week. Foo Fighters debut at No. 2 with their double album In Your Honor.
2005 – Mexican pop star Juan Gabriel is arrested in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua for alleged income tax evasion. The 55-year-old crooner of such popular songs as “Hasta que te Conoci” and “Querida” is nabbed by federal authorities upon arrival at the Ciudad Juarez airport.