2004 – It’s reported that U.S. Marines are blasting ‘s “Shoot to Thrill” at high volumes to drive Muslim insurgents from their homes in Iraq.
2004 – The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry report that global music sales fell 7.6 percent over the last year. They blame the slump on piracy, poor economic performance, and the rise in DVD and video game sales.
2004 – Jennifer Chiba, the girlfriend of the late songwriter Elliott Smith (“Miss Misery”) denies involvement in his death after a coroner’s report claims she refused to speak with detectives. Smith was found dead of two stab wounds in October 2003.
2003 – The RIAA certifies AC/DC’s Back In Black as the world’s second-best-selling album of all time, behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Back in black I hit the sack It’s been too long I’m glad to be back Yes, I’m let loose From the noose That’s kept me hanging around I’ve been looking at the sky […]
2003 – Billboard reports that the Rolling Stones’ Licks tour was the second highest grossing tour of all time, beaten out only by their Voodoo Lounge jaunt in 1994-1995. The 116 Licks shows made a total of $300 million.
2003 – The Los Angeles Times reports that Phil Spector told his chauffeur, “I think I killed somebody,” the night actress Lana Clarkson died in his California mansion.
2003 – UK comedy/glam rockers The Darkness resume their tour in London, after cancelling three dates, with singer Justin Hawkins denies tabloid reports that he has throat cancer.
2003 – Iron Maiden drummer Michael “Nicko” McBrain is arrested and charged with assault after hitting a parking attendant with his car, according to reports. The incident occurs backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y., where the band is performing that night.
2003 – Upon the release of the 2003 UN Human Development report, U2 singer and campaigner Bono says he’s “about to bang a lot of dustbin lids” if the problem of global poverty is not addressed soon.
2003 – Ja Rule becomes the first high-profile international artist to tour South Africa. Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper and actor signed to The Inc. and Universal Records formerly of Def Jam Recordings. A Hollis, New York native best-known for hits such […]
2003 – The New York Post reports that it’s all over for Kid Rock and Pam Anderson. The actress tells the Las Vegas Sun, “We remain good friends, but we have two different lives right now. I am with my kids and I couldn’t be happier.”