2005 – John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “All You Need is Love”, gathered from his music stand after The Beatles’ final television appearance in 1967, sold at an auction in London for $1 million to an anonymous bidder.
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 – Kurt Cobain’s right-handed 1960’s Mosrite Gospel Mark IV guitar sells at an auction for $117,500. At the same sale, the piano on which Elton John wrote “Your Song” sold for $164,500.
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 – Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies of heart failure. He was 52. Erik Brann aka Erik Braunn aka Erik Braun (born August 11, 1950 – died July 25, 2003), American musician, was a guitarist with the 1960s heavy metal band Iron Butterfly. He is featured on the band’s greatest hit, the legendary 17-minute […]
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 – a grand piano once owned by Elvis Presley was sold for $685,000 (£425,711). Music producer Robert Johnson and partner Larry Moss sold the piano to the chairman of the Blue Moon Group, Michael Muzio who was planning to take the piano on a casino-sponsored promotional tour. He was then planning for the piano […]
2002 – More than 25 years after his Death, Elvis Presley is once again the King. RCA Records’ “Elv1s 30 No. 1 Hits” boys at No. 1 on the Chart Toppers 200 with 500,325 units sold. This marks the first Elvis album to ever debut at the top of the U.S. chart.
2000 – A collection of 1965 writings by Janis Joplin to then-fiance Peter DeBlanc go up for auction on eBay. The collection, which includes 57 letters, five cards, a telegram, a college essay and drawings, is sold by DeBlanc’s ex-wife, Mary Sullivan.
1999 – It is announced that pop singer Jewel has pulled the plug on her anticipated New Year’s Eve concert in Anchorage, Alaska, citing, among other things, worries over possible Y2K problems. But many Alaskans say the real problem is jacked-up ticket prices. At the time of the cancellation, only 1,000 of 8,000 available tickets […]
1999 – EMI Music Distribution begins offering retailers a $3 rebate on each unit sold of the latest Garth Brooks album “In… The Life Of Chris Gaines,” in order to boost sales. In exchange for the rebate, retailers are asked to lower the price of the Capitol album – which lists for $17.98 on CD […]
1999 – Reggae star Dennis Brown dies at University Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, of a collapsed lung. He is 43. by Dotun Adebayo Saturday July 3, 1999 Were it not for a fundamental flaw in his character, Dennis Brown, who has died aged 42, should have been crowned the undisputed king of reggae in May […]