2013 – Marvin Gaye’s family were taking legal action against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for copyright infringement over their hit song Blurred Lines. Three of Gaye’s children filed legal papers accusing them of copying elements of the song ‘Got To Give It Up’. The Gaye family cited excerpts of magazine interviews given by Thicke […]
2013 – New Zealand singer Lorde topped the UK singles chart with her debut single, ‘Royals’, making her the youngest solo artist to score a UK No.1 since 15-year-old Billie Piper’s ‘Because We Want To’ in 1998. 16 year old Lorde was signed to Universal on a development deal at just 13 years old, after […]
2013 – Lou Reed passed away today on This Day in Rock Music History! Lou Reed, songwriter, vocalist and guitarist for the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist, died Sunday, his publicist said. He was 71. The publicist, Peter Noble, confirmed Reed’s death but released no details. Reed had undergone a liver transplant in […]
2013 – Producer Quincy Jones was suing the estate of the late Michael Jackson for millions of dollars. He said the singer’s estate and Sony Music Entertainment improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees. Mr Jones stated that they also broke an agreement giving him the right to remix master recordings […]
2013 – 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: NME published their latest ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ list. The top 5 read: 1. The Smiths – ‘The Queen Is Dead’, 2. The Beatles – ‘Revolver’ 3. David Bowie – ‘Hunky Dory’, 4. The Strokes – ‘Is This It’ and at 5. The Velvet Underground […]
2013 – Sid Bernstein, the concert promoter who staged early US shows by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, died aged 95. Bernstein booked The Beatles for their legendary show at Shea Stadium in New York in 1965, which was the first concert to be staged in a stadium. Bernstein also promoted the Fab Four’s […]
2013 – Paul McCartney gave an impromptu gig in Covent Garden, London to a crowd of more than 2,000 fans during the lunchtime rush. McCartney’s latest solo album ‘New’ was released in the same week.
2013 – Peter Murphy of Bauhaus sentenced 3 years probation on This Day in Rock Music History! Peter Murphy of Bauhaus has been handed a sentence of three years probation, 45 days of Narcotics Anonymous and ten days of community service for his arrest earlier this year. Last March, Murphy was arrested in Glendale, CA […]
2013 – Alex Van Halen sues his ex on This Day in Rock Music History! Alex and Kelly Van Halen divorced over 20 years ago, yet Kelly has kept Van Halen as her surname. Now the company that controls the group’s name is suing her for trademark infringement. Kelly Van Halen (originally Carter) has named […]
2013 – Paul McCartney and his band surprised New Yorkers by performing songs from his “New” album in a short impromptu free concert to roughly 3,000 people on a long truck parked in the middle of Times Square.