2006 – American R&B singer Ne-Yo was at No.1 on the US album chart with his debut album ‘In My Own Words.’
2006 – The Smiths turned down a $5m (£2.8m) offer to reform for a music festival. The band who split acrimoniously in 1987, rejected the bid to get back together for this year’s Coachella US festival.
2006 – Rapper Lumumba Carson aka Professor X dies in New York at the age of 49.
2006 – The video for the hit Natasha Bedingfield single “Unwritten” premieres on Microsoft Xbox 360, kicking off a year-long partnership between the gaming company and Epic Records.
2006 – U2 topped Rolling Stone magazine’s annual list of the year’s biggest money earners from 2005 with $154.2m. (£78m), The Rolling Stones were listed second with $92.5m (£47m) and The Eagles third with 63.2m. (£32.m). Paul McCartney was in fourth place with $56m (£28m) and Elton John in fifth with $48.9m. (£24.8m).
2006 – Blondie, The Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Miles Davis are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Blondie’s performance is marred when several old members of the band try to bumrush the stage.
2006 – The Sex Pistols opt not to attend their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. “We’re not coming. We’re not your monkeys,” reads a handwritten statement filled with spelling mistakes posted on the infamous punk band’s Web site.
2006 – Metallica inducts Black Sabbath into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Metallica also performs a short set of Sabbath songs during the event at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Other inductees include Blondie, Miles Davis, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sex Pistols and A&M Records co-founders Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss.
2006 – VH1 aired the first episode of ‘My Reality Breakdown’ on UK TV featuring the former Partridge Family and child star Danny Bonaduce.
2006 – German-language act Wir Sind Helden wins the group national rock/pop category at the 15th annual Echo Awards, held at Berlin’s Estrel Convention Center.
2006 – Bob Geldof is honored with a special achievement accolade at the German industry’s annual Echo Awards in Berlin. The veteran Irish musician and humanitarian is lauded for masterminding the historic Live 8 concerts, and for his distinguished career both as frontman of the Boomtown Rats and as a solo artist.