2006 – Veteran British singer Rod Stewart is among the music industry stalwarts feted in the Queen’s New Year Honours list. Stewart is made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), for services to music. I get it… Sexy bod… Sexy voice = CBE Go get ’em ROD!
2006 – James Brown, the singer, songwriter, bandleader and dancer who indelibly transformed 20th-century music, dies in Atlanta of congestive heart failure after being hospitalized for pneumonia. He is 73.
2006 – U2 wraps its box-office busting Vertigo tour in front of a packed house at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium with a show that features guest turns from members of opening act Pearl Jam as well as Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.
2006 – Snoop Dogg is arrested after the LAPD allegedly find a firearm, marijuana and cocaine in his van. The rapper was stopped by police armed with warrants after an appearance on The Tonight Show.
2006 – Turn it on, turn it on again, turn it on, turn it on again. We’re singing because Genesis–Phil Collins, Mike “+ the Mechanics” Rutherford and the other fella–have announced they are reforming for an upcoming world tour.
2006 – Target is the exclusive U.S. retailer for Ziggy Marley’s second solo album, “Love Is My Religion,” via Tuff Gong Worldwide. The deal marks Marley’s first independent release without employing the traditional larger label infrastructure, as well as Target’s first one-to-one agreement with an artist.
2006 – India.Arie tops the album charts with Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship, which gives emo hunk Dashboard Confessional something else to cry about. His third album Dusk and Summer bows at No. 2. The band originated as Chris Carrabba’s solo side-project for his previous band Further Seems Forever. He recorded his first album […]
2006 – Kaiser Chiefs win Best British Group, Best British Rock Act and Best Live Act at the BRIT Awards in London. Best British album is Coldplay’s X&Y. The band’s Chris Martin sparks split rumors by saying, “People are fed up with us and so are we.”
2006 – Willie Nelson chooses Valentine’s Day to release the gay-themed song “Cowboys are Secretly, Frequently (Fond of Each Other).” The country music icon premieres the track on Howard Stern’s Sirius Satellite Radio show as it is being made exclusively available via Apple’s iTunes music store.
2006 – Lindsay Lohan is hospitalized in Miami after suffering an asthma attack.
2006 – Singer-guitarist Bryan Harvey of ’80s duo House of Freaks is found dead with his family in his Richmond, Va., home. Bandmate Johnny Hott summoned police after arriving for a New Year’s party and discovering their house was on fire.
2006 – Eminem’s Curtain Call best of stays atop the U.K. albums chart, while X-Factor winner Shayne Ward’s “That’s My Goal” is the No. 1 single.