2005 – Alicia Keys tops the U.S. album chart with Unplugged. The second highest new entry is honky tonk star Gary Allen, whose Tough All Over bows at No. 3.
2005 – “New Sensation” hit-makers INXS select J.D. Fortune (surely not his real name) to be their front man in the final episode of the reality series Rock Star: INXS.
2005 – Veteran rock group INXS emerges from the land down under with a new record deal and a very public search for a new singer. The band launches their reality show, Rock Star: INXS, to replace late frontman Michael Hutchence, who committed suicide in 1997.
2005 – Mexican pop star Juan Gabriel is arrested in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua for alleged income tax evasion. The 55-year-old crooner of such popular songs as “Hasta que te Conoci” and “Querida” is nabbed by federal authorities upon arrival at the Ciudad Juarez airport.
2005 – Clifford Antone, who ran Austin’s famous music club Antone’s, dies aged 56. Since opening in 1975, Antone’s played host to blues stars like B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Clifford Jamal Antone, known to his lifelong friends as C.J., passed away May 23, 2006 at his home in Austin, Texas. Antone […]
2005 – Australian pop star Kylie Minogue begins treatment for breast cancer in Melbourne. Australian prime minister John Howard sends the “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” singer his best wishes.
2005 – Nine Inch Nails’ With Teeth debuts at No. 1, and a rare smile cracks Trent Reznor’s face. John Williams’ score for Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith is the second highest new entry, at No. 6.
2005 – Performances from some of the world’s most popular and influential bands highlight the conclusion of sixth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. About 50,000 people descend on this desert town for the twoday event, which features headlining sets by Coldplay and Nine Inch Nails, plus […]
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 – Budding pop star Ashlee Simpson faces negative publicity following the inadvertent exposure of a lip-synched appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”
2004 – The House of Blues cancels a performance by dancehall star Capleton in Hollywood after a gay and lesbian community group complain about his homophobic lyrics.
2004 – Radiohead’s Thom Yorke speaks at the ‘No to Star Wars’ CND rally outside an air force base in Yorkshire, England.