2005 – Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” tops the U.S. singles chart for a fourth week. The Goo Goo Dolls’ “Better Days” is the highest new entry, debuting at No. 57.
2005 – The White Stripes’ concert at the Merriweather Post Pavilion Theatre in Columbia, Md., is streamed live online via the National Public Radio Web site, NPR.org. The show marks the first time the band has Webcast one of its performances.
2005 – “New Sensation” hit-makers INXS select J.D. Fortune (surely not his real name) to be their front man in the final episode of the reality series Rock Star: INXS.
2005 – Willie Hutch, who wrote Jackson 5 hits like “I’ll Be There,” and penned the soundtrack to blaxsploitation movie The Mack dies aged 59 in Dallas.
2005 – Lil’ Kim begins her jail sentence after being found guilty of perjury. The pint-sized rapper is set to serve 366 days behind bars.
2005 – Songwriter Joel Hirschhorn dies aged 67. As well as winning Academy Awards for the themes to The Poseiden Adventure and The Towering Inferno, his work was covered by Elvis Presley and The Osmonds.
2005 – Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris and Kenny Chesney perform at the 20th edition of Farm Aid in Tinley Park, Illinois.
2005 – Songwriter David Gray’s Life is Slow Motion tops the U.K. album charts, while The Pussycat Dolls’ “Don’t Cha” is the No. 1 single.
2005 – Dashboard Confessional donates proceeds from its Toronto show to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
2005 – Motley Crue’s Vince Neil slips and tears his calf onstage during one a reunion concert in Atlanta. “I just felt something snap in my leg,” the singer says. “I just couldn’t go on.”
2005 – A judge orders Courtney Love to return to rehab for six months as part of her sentence for violating probation.
2005 – A fan-run museum dedicated exclusively to the Ramones opens in Berlin, Germany. This awesome day in rock history!