Wednesday 9pm: MaxMusic 21st Century – 2004 (Part 2)

September 18, 2019
Editor In Chief

March 2 – Britney Spears embarked The Onyx Hotel Tour, her first tour in 2 years to support her fourth studio album, In The Zone.
March 9 – Westlife member Brian McFadden leaves the band.
March 10 – George Michael announces that Patience will be his last commercially released record. Future releases will be available from his web site in return for donations to his favourite charities.
March 13 – Luciano Pavarotti gives his last performance in an opera, in Tosca at the New York Metropolitan Opera.
March 23 – Usher releases his Confessions album selling 1.1 million copies its first week, making him the first R&B artist to ever accomplish that. The album would be the top seller of the year with four number one singles.
April 6
A previously unreleased Johnny Cash album called My Mother’s Hymn Book is released less than a year after his death on September 12, 2003.
Modest Mouse, an American indie rock band releases Good News for People Who Love Bad News.
April 20 – Fear Factory returns after their 2002 breakup with the new album Archetype.
April 26
Deborah Voigt, sacked by Covent Garden for being too fat for an opera role, makes her recital debut to a rapturous reception at Carnegie Hall.
Dream Theater performs at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
May 10
Blender magazine’s May issue includes a “50 Worst Songs Ever!” list. “We Built This City,” by Starship, is rated worst.
Peter Tägtgren replaces Mikael Åkerfeldt In Bloodbath.
Keane release Hopes and Fears which becomes the 16th best selling album of the millennium in the UK. It went 8x platinum and was nominated for the Mercury Prize and the BRIT award for best album.
May 18-23 – The European Festival of Youth Choirs (EJCF) is held in Basel.
May 24 – Madonna starts The Re-Invention Tour in 20 cities with a total of 56 shows and making it the most successful concert tour of the year with a gross of $124.5 million.
May 25
Phish announces that after 21 years they will break up following the Summer 2004 Tour.
Skinny Puppy releases their first studio album since disbanding in 1996, called The Greater Wrong of the Right.
May 26 – Fantasia Barrino wins the third season of American Idol, defeating Diana DeGarmo.
May 28 – June 6 – The Rock in Rio concert festival is staged in Lisbon, Portugal under the name Rock in Rio Lisboa. Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Britney Spears and Sting headline each of the six days.
June 4
Karl Jenkins signs a 10-year recording deal with EMI.
Creed dissolved. Guitarist Mark Tremonti, Drummer Scott Phillips and Brian Marshall (ex Bassist of Creed) were working on side project Alter Bridge along with Myles Kennedy of The Mayfield Four Their first album is One Day Remains, which was scheduled to be released on August 10.
June 8 – Velvet Revolver released their first album Contraband.
June 10 – Ray Charles dies at the age of 73 from acute liver disease.
June 11 – The Van Halen Summer Tour 2004 kicks off in Greensboro, North Carolina, marking the return of Sammy Hagar on vocals for the first time since his acrimonious departure from the band in 1996.
June 12 – The Los Angeles, California radio station KROQ-FM airs the 12th Annual KROQ Weenie Roast show with Bad Religion, Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill, The Hives, Hoobastank, The Killers, Modest Mouse, New Found Glory, Story of the Year, The Strokes, Velvet Revolver, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Yellowcard.
June 22 – 14th annual Lollapalooza festival, scheduled for July 17, is cancelled. Organizers cite “poor ticket sales”. (See: Lollapalooza 2004 lineup.)
June 23 – UK DJ Tony Blackburn is suspended by radio station Classic Gold Digital for playing songs by Cliff Richard, against station policy.
June 25
Eric Clapton sells his famous guitar “Blackie” at a Christie’s auction, raising $959,000 to benefit the Crossroads drug rehabilitation center that he founded in 1998.
While in Scheeßel, Germany for his A Reality tour, David Bowie suffers a heart attack onstage and is subsequently rushed to the emergency room for an angioplasty. The incident brings an abrupt end to the tour and prompts Bowie to move away from both musicianship and public life in the following years, with his next album coming out nearly nine years later.

Tuesday 9pm: MaxMusic 21st Century – 2004 (Part One)

September 17, 2019
Editor In Chief

January 1
The Vienna New Year’s Concert is conducted by Riccardo Muti.
Kurt Nilsen wins World Idol.
January 3 – Britney Spears marries Jason Allen Alexander, a childhood friend, in Las Vegas. The marriage is annulled 55 hours later.
January 15 – Rapper Mystikal is sentenced to six years in prison for sexual battery.
February 1
Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake perform onstage at Super Bowl XXXVIII. The performance concludes with Jackson’s right breast being exposed to the audience. The phrase “wardrobe malfunction” is coined during the ensuing controversy.
Daron Hagen is appointed President of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation in New York City.
February 8 – The 46th Annual Grammy Awards are held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below becomes the first rap album to win Album of the Year. Beyoncé won five awards.
February 9 – Blink-182 release single “I Miss You” from the album Blink-182. The song reached number one on the Billboard Modern Rock chart.
February 10 – Paulina Rubio releases her seventh studio “Pau-Latina” under Universal Music Mexico. The album charted at #1 on the Billboard Latin Pop Albums and at #105 on the Billboard 200. The album also got certified 2× Platinum (Latin) by the RIAA.
February 13 – Elton John begins The Red Piano concert residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Originally scheduled for 75 performances, it would run for 248 shows over five years, including twenty-four tour dates in Europe.
February 17
BRIT Awards held in London. The Darkness, Dido, Busted, Justin Timberlake and KRS-One are among the winners.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan posts a bitter message on his personal blog calling D’arcy Wretzky a “mean spirited drug addict” and blaming James Iha for the breakup of the band.
March–April
March 2 – Britney Spears embarked The Onyx Hotel Tour, her first tour in 2 years to support her fourth studio album, In The Zone.
March 9 – Westlife member Brian McFadden leaves the band.
March 10 – George Michael announces that Patience will be his last commercially released record. Future releases will be available from his web site in return for donations to his favourite charities.
March 13 – Luciano Pavarotti gives his last performance in an opera, in Tosca at the New York Metropolitan Opera.
March 23 – Usher releases his Confessions album selling 1.1 million copies its first week, making him the first R&B artist to ever accomplish that. The album would be the top seller of the year with four number one singles.
April 6
A previously unreleased Johnny Cash album called My Mother’s Hymn Book is released less than a year after his death on September 12, 2003.
Modest Mouse, an American indie rock band releases Good News for People Who Love Bad News.
April 20 – Fear Factory returns after their 2002 breakup with the new album Archetype.
April 26
Deborah Voigt, sacked by Covent Garden for being too fat for an opera role, makes her recital debut to a rapturous reception at Carnegie Hall.
Dream Theater performs at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

Monday 4pm: MaxMusic 21st Century 2003 (Part 5)

September 16, 2019
Editor In Chief

March 10 — During a concert in London, England, Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines said that the band was “ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas” (referring to Maines’ hometown of Lubbock and President Bush hailing from the same state). The comment sparked intense controversy and outrage among Americans, including a large share of country music fans.
Those who took offense to Maines’ comments based their feelings on a number of grounds, including that the country was then on the verge of declaring war on Iraq (which happened less than two weeks later) and that Maines made the comments on foreign soil. Chicks’ supporters, meanwhile, cited their right to free speech. Radio stations – perhaps riding the wave of fan sentiment – refuse to play their music on the air, including their then-current hit, “Travelin’ Soldier” (which ironically was about a soldier who is about to go to war); some even sponsor anti-Dixie Chicks promotional events, such as disposing and destroying Chicks’ compact discs and other merchandise. Maines, meanwhile, defended her stance during a televised interview with Diane Sawyer.
Maines and her bandmates – Emily Robison and Martie Maguire – appeared nude (with private parts strategically covered) on the May 2 cover of Entertainment Weekly. Their bodies were covered with words such as “Saddam’s Angels” and “Traitor.”
June 11 – Country Music magazine announces that it will cease publication, effective with the August/September 2003 issue. The final issue’s cover artist was Martina McBride, as part of a salute to women in country music. The magazine’s sister publication, Country Weekly, which had largely taken over the market for country music-related journalism, picks up part of the slack left by the closure of Country Music, both of which were published by American Media Inc.
July — The Rascal Flatts video, “I Melt,” comes under fire by conservative groups because it contains brief scenes of nudity, in particular lovemaking scenes featuring band member Joe Don Rooney and model Christina Auria. Groups called for the video to be banned from airplay on CMT and Great American Country. Eventually, Rascal Flatts released an edited version of the video, which aired during daytime hours on the two country music-oriented networks.
December — The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts honors Loretta Lynn for her lifetime contributions to the arts.

Throughout the year, country music was beset by the deaths of notable figures, including Johnny Cash, whose vastly influential musicianship transcended genres. His wife of 35 years (and longtime singing partner), June Carter Cash, had died four months earlier. Both had appeared in a CMT-aired interview, discussing their lives and careers; it was taped earlier in the year.
Other notables that died during the year: Johnny Paycheck, Felice Bryant, Floyd Tillman, Wilma Burgess, Don Gibson, Dave Dudley and Gary Stewart.

Wednesday 9pm: MaxMusic 21st Century 2003 (Part 4)

September 11, 2019
Editor In Chief

September 15 – Billy Corgan announces that Zwan has broken up.
September 16
Ryan Malcolm wins the first season of Canadian Idol.
David Bowie releases his twenty-third studio album Reality. The album would be Bowie’s last for roughly a decade, with Bowie silently and gradually withdrawing into seclusion following an onstage heart attack the following year.
September 22 – Max Cavalera & Gloria Cavalera fire Marcello D. Rapp causing Roy Mayorga & Mike Doling to leave the band Soulfly in protest.
September 23 – Limp Bizkit release Results May Vary their first album in 3 years and their 4th album overall.
October – Indie/Rock band Conway wins the National “Battle of the Bands” Competition at the Fountain Pub in Tottenham, London, UK[citation needed]. The Norfolk, UK, band consists of Chris Burgoyne (vocals), Andrew Norman (lead guitar / vocals), Tristan McKelvey (guitar), Leon Chapman (bass) and Peter Rednall (drums).
October 4 – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s The Rising Tour concludes after 120 shows over 14 months, with record-setting sales in U.S. stadiums during the summer and early autumn.
October 15 – A two-week-long international conference, “Fuori tempo, dire, fare, sentire la musica oggi”, opens in Genoa, Italy, bringing together performers, composers, scholars and administrators from classical, folk and popular music, with a keynote address by Charles Rosen. Featured participants include Nuria Schoenberg (daughter of Arnold Schoenberg and widow of Luigi Nono); musicologist James Harrison; opera conductor Roberto Abbado; violinist Ivry Gitlis; composers Salvatore Sciarrino, Lorenzo Ferrero and Andrea Liberovici; poet Edoardo Sanguineti; popular singer-songwriters Teresa De Sio, Gianna Nannini and Gino Paoli; rock and jazz artists Peppe Servalo and Peppe D’Argenzio of the Piccola Orchestra Avion Travel; and administrators Anna Cammarano (director of classical music at RAI Trade), Gennaro di Benedetto (superintendent of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa) and Joseph Hussek (director of the artistic programme at the Salzburg Festival).
October 16 – Simon & Garfunkel begin their “Old Friends” U.S. reunion tour, twenty years after their 1983 world tour.
October 20 – Britney Spears releases the first single, “Me Against The Music”, featuring American singer-songwriter Madonna, from her upcoming album In the Zone, marketed as a comeback single in the US; it goes on to be an international success, reaching the top three in several countries.
October 21 – Delta Goodrem wins 7 ARIA Awards and defeats Amiel’s “Lovesong” for and a Gold ARIA for Single of the Year, Born to Try. ARIAs host Rove McManus announced that John Farnham will raise the very loud speakers to 1985/1986’s “You’re the Voice” after being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
October 29 – A legal version of the Napster file sharing network relaunches as a pay service, offering song downloads for 99 cents apiece or $9.99 for unlimited listening.
November–December
November 4 – Aaron Carter releases his first compilation album (fifth overall album under Jive Records) Most Requested Hits
November 5
Cryptopsy rehires Lord Worm.
Evanescence’s lead guitarist and founding member Ben Moody leaves the band on their first world tour.
November 6 – Marco Aro quits his vocalist position in The Haunted. The band rehires their first vocalist, Peter Dolving.
November 7 – Steve Kmak, aka “Fuzz,” is fired from Disturbed as a result of personality clashes with others in the band.
November 14
The legal incarnation of the band Pink Floyd reunites to perform at the funeral of their manager Steve O’Rourke.
Byron Stroud is confirmed as an official member of Fear Factory.
November 18
Blink-182 release their fifth studio album blink-182. This album was regarded as a change of musical style for Blink-182 as the music has darkened and matured since their previous albums.
Britney Spears releases In the Zone. She breaks her own record as the first female artist to have 3 albums in #1 to become the first female artist to have 4 albums in #1 consecutively.
Michael Jackson releases the compilation album Number Ones.
November 19 – Guy Sebastian becomes the first winner of Australian Idol, receiving a contract with BMG Australia. He subsequently records the studio album, Just As I Am.
November 20 – Michael Jackson is arrested on charges of child molestation. The singer faced similar charges in 1993 that were dropped after an out-of-court financial settlement was reached with the family of a boy. In light of the new accusations, the television network CBS chooses to pull the scheduled November 26 airing of a one-hour television special intended to promote Jackson’s new greatest hits album, Number Ones.
November 21 – Korn release their sixth studio album, Take a Look in the Mirror. It is the last album that features the original lineup of Korn.
November 22 – The band Five Iron Frenzy plays its last show at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver.
December 6
Elvis Costello and Diana Krall are married in a private ceremony at Elton John’s estate in England.
P-Funk founder George Clinton is arrested and charged with drug possession in Tallahassee, Florida.
December 8 – Ozzy Osbourne is rushed into emergency surgery after having a serious accident riding an all-terrain vehicle on the grounds of his English estate. Osbourne broke his collarbone, eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck.
December 12 – Mick Jagger is knighted for services to music by The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.
December 13-14 – The Los Angeles, California radio station KROQ-FM airs the 14th Annual of the Acoustic Christmas show with AFI, Blink-182, Brand New, Chevelle, The Distillers, Jane’s Addiction, Jet, KoЯn, Linkin Park, The Offspring, P.O.D., Pennywise, Puddle of Mudd, Rancid, Staind, 311, Thrice and Trapt.
December 30-31 – The New Year’s Eve Falls Festival in Australia, traditionally held in Lorne, Victoria, holds events in both Lorne and Marion Bay, Tasmania, at the same time. The same artists perform at both events, alternating between the two venues each night.

Tuesday 8pm: MaxMusic 21st Century 2003 (Part 3)

September 10, 2019
Editor In Chief

May 7 – Pete Townshend is cleared of the charges stemming from his arrest in January on suspicion of possessing child pornography, but is formally cautioned and placed on the sex offenders register for five years.
May 19 – The former TV channel MuchMusic USA relaunches as Fuse.
May 21 – Ruben Studdard wins the second season of American Idol, edging Clay Aiken.
May 24
Turkish singer Sertab Erener wins the Eurovision Song Contest, held in Riga, Latvia, with the song “Everyway That I Can”. It is the last time that the contest is a one-night event.
After a 40-year wait, Russian fans of The Beatles finally get to see former Beatle Paul McCartney perform on their soil, on the Red Square in Moscow.
June 14
Alexander Kuoppala quit Children of Bodom.
David Del Tredici’s Wondrous the Merge for string quartet and narrator, based on a homoerotic poem by James Broughton, makes its controversial debut at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.
Henry Ranta quits Soilwork.
Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera kicked off their summer Justified & Stripped Tour.
Los Angeles, California radio station KROQ-FM airs the 11th Annual of the Weenie Roast show with AFI, The Ataris, Blur, Chevelle, Deftones, Finch, Foo Fighters, Godsmack, Good Charlotte, Hot Hot Heat, Interpol, Jane’s Addiction, Less Than Jake, Liam Lynch, Staind, Sum 41, Thrice, The Transplants, The Used, The White Stripes and Pete Yorn.
Alice Cooper begins production of his 26th album. It is a departure from the heavy metal sound of previous albums and is more influenced by his albums of the 1970s.
June 22
Beyoncé releases her No.1 debut solo album Dangerously in Love, which would earn her 5 Grammys in a single night. It also spawned two No.1 singles in the US and has sold 11 million copies to date.
Nick Oshiro replaces Ken Jay in Static-X.
June 27–29 – In the Glastonbury Festival, U.K., headline acts included David Gray, R.E.M., Primal Scream, Morcheeba, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Super Furry Animals, Lamb, Macy Gray, Feeder, Manic Street Preachers, Moby and Doves. The weather is mostly dry and the festival deemed a success from both a security and entertainment viewpoint by Michael Eavis.
July 2
A-Teens and many others perform at the Stockholm Pride festival.
Delta Goodrem is diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease.
July 5 – Lollapalooza returns after a six-year absence from the music festival circuit. Jane’s Addiction, Audioslave, Incubus and Queens of the Stone Age are among the featured acts.
July 11 – Judas Priest announces that Rob Halford has rejoined the band, with a reunion tour to follow in 2004.
July 14 – The eurodance and alternative rock musician Lynda Thomas made her last public appearance; she suddenly left the music industry and public life altogether.
July 20 – An auto accident in Oregon kills three of the four members of The Exploding Hearts, ending the band after just one album.
July 30 – The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, The Guess Who and others headline a benefit concert in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to prove that the city is safe from SARS. With 450 000 spectators, it is the largest concert in Canadian history.
August 19 – Jessica Simpson releases her third studio album In This Skin. The album would later go triple platinum in the U.S. and would produce the hit single “With You”.

Wednesday 8pm: MaxMusic 21st Century 2003 (Part 2)

September 4, 2019
Editor In Chief

March 3 – Avril Lavigne kicks off her first headlining tour the “Try To Shut Me Up Tour”.
March 10
Johnny Cash is admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee to undergo treatment for pneumonia.
The Dixie Chicks unleash a firestorm of controversy at a concert in London when lead singer Natalie Maines announces to the audience that “just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas”. The group is dropped from radio playlists all over the United States and receives death threats as a result.
March 21 – Ex-Neighbours star Delta Goodrem releases her debut album Innocent Eyes which became Australia’s monster smash hit of 2003 and included the releases of the new singles “Born to Try” and “Lost Without You”.
March 24 – Meteora by Linkin Park debuts at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart.
March 25 – Céline Dion begins A New Day…, her Las Vegas residency show. It would run for almost five years and over 700 shows.
April 1 – Dozens of fans walk out during a Pearl Jam concert when lead singer Eddie Vedder makes comments opposing the Iraq war and insulting remarks about U.S. President George W. Bush. Other audience members boo and shout at Vedder telling him to “shut up.” Vedder attempts to calm the crowd by adding “just to clarify… we support the troops.”
April 8 – Godsmack releases their third studio album Faceless.
April 16 – Luther Vandross suffers a severe stroke at his home in New York City. He emerges from a coma six weeks later.
April 21 – S Club announce live on stage at London’s Docklands Arena that they’ve decided to split up after five years together. Their final single, “Say Goodbye”, enters the chart at #2 a month after the announcement. Rachel Stevens from the group launched her successful solo career shortly afterwards with the song “Sweet Dreams My LA Ex”.
April 28 – Apple Inc. opens the iTunes Music Store, offering 200,000 songs for download at a cost of 99 cents each. More than 1 million songs are sold in the store’s first week.
May–June
May 7 – Pete Townshend is cleared of the charges stemming from his arrest in January on suspicion of possessing child pornography, but is formally cautioned and placed on the sex offenders register for five years.
May 19 – The former TV channel MuchMusic USA relaunches as Fuse.
May 21 – Ruben Studdard wins the second season of American Idol, edging Clay Aiken.
May 24
Turkish singer Sertab Erener wins the Eurovision Song Contest, held in Riga, Latvia, with the song “Everyway That I Can”. It is the last time that the contest is a one-night event.
After a 40-year wait, Russian fans of The Beatles finally get to see former Beatle Paul McCartney perform on their soil, on the Red Square in Moscow.
June 14
Alexander Kuoppala quit Children of Bodom.
David Del Tredici’s Wondrous the Merge for string quartet and narrator, based on a homoerotic poem by James Broughton, makes its controversial debut at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.
Henry Ranta quits Soilwork.
Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera kicked off their summer Justified & Stripped Tour.
Los Angeles, California radio station KROQ-FM airs the 11th Annual of the Weenie Roast show with AFI, The Ataris, Blur, Chevelle, Deftones, Finch, Foo Fighters, Godsmack, Good Charlotte, Hot Hot Heat, Interpol, Jane’s Addiction, Less Than Jake, Liam Lynch, Staind, Sum 41, Thrice, The Transplants, The Used, The White Stripes and Pete Yorn.
Alice Cooper begins production of his 26th album. It is a departure from the heavy metal sound of previous albums and is more influenced by his albums of the 1970s.
June 22
Beyoncé releases her No.1 debut solo album Dangerously in Love, which would earn her 5 Grammys in a single night. It also spawned two No.1 singles in the US and has sold 11 million copies to date.
Nick Oshiro replaces Ken Jay in Static-X.
June 27–29 – In the Glastonbury Festival, U.K., headline acts included David Gray, R.E.M., Primal Scream, Morcheeba, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Super Furry Animals, Lamb, Macy Gray, Feeder, Manic Street Preachers, Moby and Doves. The weather is mostly dry and the festival deemed a success from both a security and entertainment viewpoint by Michael Eavis.

Tuesday 8pm: MaxMusic 21st Century 2003 (Part 1)

September 3, 2019
Editor In Chief

January 6 – The annual Park Lane Group Young Artists festival of contemporary music opens with two concerts in the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre, London. The first concert, given by the Gallimaufry Ensemble, includes the premiere of a new wind quintet by 23-year-old Benjamin Wallfisch; the second concert features solo bass clarinettist Sarah Watts, who premieres Marc Yeats Vox for solo bass clarinet and Michael Smetanin’s Ladder of Escape for bass clarinet with prerecorded ensemble of six bass and two contrabass clarinets.
January 7 – Opening of the Philip on Film Live festival (until January 11) at the Barbican Centre, London, featuring films with music by Philip Glass performed live by the Philip Glass Ensemble, conducted by Michael Riesman.
January 9 – The Vienna Philharmonic belatedly announce that violist Ursula Plaichinger has become the first official female member of the orchestra, 158 years after their founding and six years after they have been forced to allow women to audition, under threat of having their state subsidies stopped. At the same time, it is disclosed that orchestra boss Clemens Hellsberg has formally banned Plaichinger from giving interviews to the press.
January 10
Andrew Lack, former chief of NBC news, is named the new head of Sony’s music division, to the surprise of the music industry, because he had no previous experience of the record industry. He replaced Tommy Mottola, who resigned the previous day amidst reports of friction with higher Sony executives over huge financial losses in the music division.
Following an investigation by The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and London detectives, police raids in the UK and the Netherlands recover 500 original Beatles studio tapes, recorded during the Let It Be sessions. Five people are arrested. The tapes have been used for bootleg releases for years.
January 13 – The Who guitarist Pete Townshend is arrested by British police on suspicion of possessing and making indecent images of children and of incitement to distribute them. Townshend claims in a statement that he did not download any such images and accessed Web sites advertising child pornography because he was researching material for his autobiography, which will include passages about his abusive childhood.
January 18
The Indian Air Force band, the Air Warriors, played a concert in the Homi Baba Auditorium in Colaba (Mumbai), which included Muthuswami Dikshitar’s Vathapiganapathi in a version combining military band with traditional Carnatic instruments.
A two-day festival of the music of Mark-Anthony Turnage is given at the Barbican Centre, London, with three world premieres and chamber concerts by the Nash Ensemble and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
January 22 – Nikolaus Harnoncourt cancels a European tour after being ordered by his doctors to take a two-month rest.
January 31 – Johnny Cash releases the music video for “Hurt”.
February 3
Police respond to a 911 phone call from one of Phil Spector’s neighbors and discover the body of actress Lana Clarkson, with a gunshot wound, at Spector’s his home in Alhambra, California. Spector is arrested on suspicion of murder.”
The Martin Bashir television film Living with Michael Jackson premieres on ITV in the UK. It airs on ABC in the US three days later. A total of 53 million viewers in the two countries watch the special.
February 8 – Avril Lavigne scores her third #1 single “I’m with You”, making her the second artist in history to have three consecutive #1 songs from a début album in the Billboard Mainstream Top 40.
February 20 – The Station nightclub fire: Fire engulfs a Rhode Island nightclub during a fireworks display which was part of the performance by rock band Great White. The fire quickly spreads across the ceiling, filling the building with thick, black smoke, killing 100 people and injuring 160 others as audience members rush for the exits. Many people are missing for some time, including Great White guitarist Ty Longley, who is later confirmed to be dead.
February 23 – New York City is the site of The 45th Annual Grammy Awards, featuring Nickelback, No Doubt, Foo Fighters, Beyoncé and other performers.
February 24 – Robert Trujillo joins Metallica.

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