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 – Co-founder of Mercury Records Irving Green dies in Palm Springs, Calif. at the age of 90. RIP – Irving Green July 4, 2006 What do Sarah Vaughn, The Platters, Brook Benton, Patti Page, The Diamonds, Del Vikings, James Brown, Dinah Washington, Roger Miller, Jerry Lee Lewis, Frankie Laine, The Troggs, Wayne Fontana, the Mindbenders, […]
2006 – Led Zeppelin and conductor/artistic director Valery Gergiev are awarded the 15th annual Polar Music Prize on by His Majesty King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden. The prestigious prize is presented during a nationally televised ceremony from Konserthuset, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert hall, where the annual Nobel Prize ceremony is held.
2005 – Rapper 50 Cent and veteran modern rock act Green Day are the toast of Las Vegas, as each nab six trophies at the 2005 Chart Toppers Music Awards. 50, who is the top finalist with mentions in eight categories, is honored as artist of the year and takes the album of the year […]
2005 – Adding another chapter to her 2005 comeback story, Mariah Carey walks away the big winner at the third annual Vibe Awards. Carey nets artist of the year, album of the year (“The Emancipation of Mimi”), R&B voice of the year and best R&B song (“We Belong Together”).
2005 – Billy Joel announces his return to the road as a solo headlining artist for the first time in nearly eight years.
2005 – Green Day, U2, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Game, Good Charlotte, Nine Inch Nails, Kanye West and David Banner are among the artists performing at MTV’s ReAct Now: Music & Relief to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
2005 – U2, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart and the Dixie Chicks are among the artists that perform during a live telethon, “Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast.”
2005 – Bob Moog, inventor of his namesake range of synthesizers and one of the most significant figures in the evolution of electronic music, dies at his home in Asheville, N.C. He is 71. A native of N.Y., Moog was diagnosed with brain cancer in late April and had since undergone radiation treatment and chemotherapy. […]
2005 – British R&B artist “Long John” Baldry dies in Vancouver after battling a chest infection for four months. He is 64. Having begun his career playing folk and jazz in the late 1950s, Baldry was one of the founding fathers of British rock’n’roll in the ’60s. He is also credited with discovering Rod Stewart […]
2005 – Funeral services for Luther Vandross are held at New York’s Riverside Church. The artist died July 1 at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, N.J., two years after suffering a serious stroke. He is 54.
2005 – Dozens of artists perform on stages around the world during Bob Geldof’s Live 8 concerts. In the United States, those not attending the show in Philadelphia, can catch everything from highlights to entire regional concerts via television, online, satellite radio and mobile broadcasts. The massive global initiative is spearheaded by Live Aid organizer […]