2004 – Eminem tops the UK singles chart with “Just Lose It.” The Simon Cowell-managed operatic boy band Il Divo (don’t ask) top the British albums chart with their self-titled debut.
2004 – Bobby Gillespie, singer with British rock band Primal Scream, is awarded undisclosed damagers in a libel suit against a tabloid that alleged he was having an affair with supermodel Kate Moss. Moss duetted with the band on a version of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood’s “Some Velvet Morning.”
2004 – James Lawrence, guitarist with Hope of the States, is found hanged at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios near Bath, where the UK art rockers were finishing work on their debut album. He was 26. HOPE OF the States, for whom James Lawrence played guitar, was one of a new generation of British bands […]
2004 – Gary Jules’ cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” remains atop the British singles chart for a third week. Will Young’s Friday’s Child is the week’s top-selling album.
2003 – Gary Jules and Michael Andrews top of the British singles chart for a second week with their version of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World.”
2003 – Fatman Scoop tops the British singles chart with “Be Faithful.” Dido’s Life for Rent keeps The Strokes’ Room on Fire from the No. 1 UK album spot.
2003 – UK/USA alt.duo The Kills postpone their British tour due to exhaustion.
2003 – British singer Robert Palmer, best known for his dapper dressing style and his iconic videos in the 1980s for songs like “Addicted to Love,” dies. He is 54. Palmer, who had lived in Switzerland for the previous 16 years, dies in Paris after a quiet dinner and a movie.
2003 – Blu Cantrell tops the British singles chart with “Breathe,” while the Coral have the biggest-selling album with Magic & Medicine.
2003 – The songwriters of the year crown goes to British band Coldplay at the 48th annual Ivor Novello Awards, the music industry gongs that celebrate composers. The even is staged by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters in association with the Performing Rights Society at a glittering awards ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House […]
2003 – A British fan who claims he caught the flu off of Beatle. Paul McCartney attempts to auction off the germ on eBay.
2003 – Shares in EMI tumble after Robbie Williams’ album Escapology debuts at a disappointing No. 43 in the States. The British music giant signed the solo superstar to a $100 million contract in the hopes he could crack America.