2005 – Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” clearly belongs at No. 1 – it stays there in the U.S. singles chart for a fourth week. Carey also has the week’s highest new entry, as “Shake It Off” debuts at No. 66.
2005 – A jury rules that Ashanti is guilty of breach of contract and owes producer Genard Parker $630,000. She had promised Parker he could produce two songs on her debut if he released her from an earlier contract, then reneged.
2005 – Funeral services for Luther Vandross are held at New York’s Riverside Church. The artist died July 1 at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, N.J., two years after suffering a serious stroke. He is 54.
2005 – Singer-songwriter James Blunt tops the U.K. singles and album chart with “You’re Beautiful” and Back to Bedlam respectively.
2005 – Terrorist bombings in London forced the cancellation or postponement of a number of concerts in the city. Cancelled events include Sum 41’s show at Astoria, the Prodigy at London Carling Brixton, Nate James at Shepherd’s Bush Empire and El Presidente at the Underbelly.
2005 – Kelly Clarkson’s concert in Orlando, Fla., is cybercast live via AOLmusic.com. The show is also be available on demand after the conclusion of the performance.
2005 – The Vocal Group Hall of Fame inducts its seventh class in Wildwood, N.J., honoring 17 vocal trios, quartets, duos and other harmony, doo-wop and R&B groups. The star-studded event features several one-of-a-kind on-stage collaborations, as well as reunions from band members who hadn’t worked together in more than 25 years.
2005 – The Intonation Music Festival opens its gates at Chicago’s Union Park and manages to achieve a goal for all first-year festivals: it sells out. Headliners included the Decemberists, Tortoise, Les Savy Fav, Deaths From Above 1979, Broken Social Scene and DJs Diplo and Jean Grae.
2005 – Not even the Man of Steel could stop the new album by critically acclaimed artist Sufjan Stevens from hitting most store shelves.
2005 – Pioneering African-American country artist Big Al Downing dies at a hospital near his home in Leicester, Mass. Downing, 65, is felled by complications from Leukemia, with which he had been recently diagnosed.
2005 – Jeannette Sliwinski, 23, a self-proclaimed suicidal woman, rams her vehicle into another car, killing the three musicians inside. Silkworm drummer Michael Dahlquist ,
2005 – A bus carrying performers bound for the Denver stop on the Eminem/50 Cent Anger Management tour crashes into two tractor-trailers on I-70 near Odessa, Miss. Among the injured are rapper Stat Quo, who was briefly hospitalized and then released, and Eminem’s DJ, Alchemist, who recovers at a hospital in Kansas City, Mo.