2008 – With the Chicago Cubs two wins (or Milwaukee Brewers losses) away from clinching a playoff spot, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder has penned a song in honor of the baseball team. “All The Way,” which Vedder performed last month at a solo show in Chicago, has already popped up in Chicago sports bars and […]
2008 – Coldplay announced plans to release a new EP and album. Chris Martin said the band are planning two further releases including the full-length follow up to Viva La Vida, by the end of 2009. He told BBC 6 Music: “We’re going to put an EP out at Christmas called Prospects March and we’re […]
1942 – Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool, England. The Beatles have 20 No. 1 songs, more than any other recording act, and McCartney by himself or in duets has another nine. His biggest post-Beatles hits are “Ebony and Ivory,” a duet with Stevie Wonder that stays at No. 1 for seven weeks, and “Say […]
2008 – Starry Night Gala To Honor Sir George Martin The Grammy Foundation announced… The GRAMMY Foundation will honor Sir George Martin, a GRAMMY Trustees Award recipient, six-time GRAMMY Award winner and one of music’s most successful and influential producers, at its annual signature gala Starry Night on July 12 at the University of Southern […]
2006 – Kazaa settles a lawsuit with the major record companies for $100 million. EMI Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group had sued the downloading service for copyright infringement.
2006 – Izzy Stradlin joins Axl Rose onstage to perform “Patience,” “Night Train” and “I Used to Love Her” with Guns N’ Roses (Mark III) at England’s Download Festival.
2005 – US CD sales rose for the first time in four years. The CD format accounted for 98% of the 666 million albums sold, according to research company Nielsen Soundscan. A total of 140 million digital tracks were legally downloaded during 2004, equivalent to 14 million albums. R&B star Usher was the biggest-selling artist […]
2004 – The Pixies releases its first new song in 13 years. “Bam Thwok” is available beginning at midnight for digital download exclusively via Apple’s iTunes Music Store.
2004 – Metallica play a rare gig without drummer Lars Ulrich, who is sidelined with an undisclosed illness. Slipknot’s Joey Jordison and Slayer’s Dave Lombardo fill in for Ulrich, along with a Metallica drum tech, at the Download Festival in England’s Donington Park.
2004 – The Grey Album, which mixes Jay-Z’s Black Album and the Beatles’ White Album, is made available for free download as part of a “Grey Tuesday” protest. DJ Danger Mouse was barred from releasing the record by EMI, who refused permission to use Beatles samples and threatened legal action.
2003 – The file-sharing application Napster returns to the Internet as Napster 2.0, offering a paid-for downloading service.
2003 – The Rolling Stones make over 300 of their post-1971 songs available as purchasable downloads on Listen.com.