2005 – Sir Elton John marries his longtime partner David Furnish at a civil union service in Windsor, England.
2005 – A report by Human Rights Watch claims the music of Eminem and Dr. Dre was used to torture detainees at a secret CIA-run prison near Afghanistan. Damn, must have been the funkest torture session ev-ah!
2005 – Mutya Buena announces she is leaving the popular U.K. R&B trio Sugababes. “I think there comes a time when everyone wants to re-evaluate their life and what they want out of it,” she says.
2005 – sues US Weekly for $20 million in libel damages after the supermarket tab publishes a story claiming she and Kevin Federline made a “goofy” sex tape.
2005 – Popular American Idol runner-up Bo Bice is rushed to the hospital after suffering complications from intestinal surgery.
2005 – The No. 1 album in the U.K. is Eminem’s greatest hits collection Curtain Call. Pop duo Nizlopi top the U.K. singles chart with “JCB Song.”
2005 – U2 had the top-grossing tour of 2005, according to an end-of-year chart compiled by US magazine Billboard. More than three million people watched the band’s sell-out 90-date Vertigo tour which grossed $260m (£146.6m). The Eagles, took $117m (£66m) from 77 shows and Neil Diamond grossed more than $71m (£40m). Kenny Chesney was fourth […]
2005 – the surviving Beatles and relatives of the band’s late members began legal action against EMI to get royalties allegedly worth £30m. Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and relations of George Harrison and John Lennon claimed EMI owed record royalties to their company Apple Corps.
2005 – Despite not having heard a human voice in six months, rapper Foxy Brown, 26, tells reporters she is “strong, resilient and fortunate” and is focused on the “necessary surgery” to restore her hearing. Brown, who’s real name is Inga Marchand, had been diagnosed with “sudden and severe hearing loss” in May.
2005 – 61-year-old Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page, whose hair is still remarkably black, is made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his work with Brazilian street children.
2005 – Eminem tops the U.S. album charts with his greatest hits collection Curtain Call.
2005 – A cheque signed by John Lennon made out to the Inland Revenue sold for £2,000 at a UK auction. It was sold by former madam Lindi St Clair, (formerly known as Miss Whiplash), after she decided she had no use for it. Clair who now runs a duck farm in Herefordshire had bought […]