June 1 – YoungbloodZ and their entourage are arrested on drugs and weapons charges in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
June 6 – Ice Cube’s first album in six years, Laugh Now, Cry Later, is released on his independently owned record label Lench Mob Records. The album debuted in the top five selling 144,000 copies in the first week.
June 7 – World premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Freude, for two harps, in the Milan Cathedral by Esther Kooi and Marianne Smit.
June 8 – Shakira’s single “Hips Don’t Lie” sells 266,500 downloads in its first week of availability, overtaking D4L’s record of 175,000. “Hips Don’t Lie” also breaks another record, gaining the greatest airplay in a single week with 9,657 plays, breaking Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” record of 9,582.
Nelly Furtado’s new album, Loose is released and debuts at No. 1 with 219,000 copies sold, making it her first number-one album.
Igor Cavalera leaves Sepultura because of artistic differences – the third official member and the second Cavalera to leave.
June 14 – Shakira launches her Oral Fixation Tour in Zaragoza, Spain.
June 16–18 – Bonnaroo Music Festival takes place in Manchester, Tennessee, USA. Performers include Radiohead, Tom Petty, Phil Lesh and Friends, Beck, and Sasha.
June 19 – Taylor Swift released her first single, “Tim McGraw”, at 16 years old.
June 23 – Backstreet Boys band member Kevin Richardson leaves the group to pursue other interests. However, he would return to the group permanently on April 29, 2012.
July 1 – Glue Gun performed their first reunion concert at Harpers in Northridge, Los Angeles, California, USA. It was the band’s first performance since breaking up in 1996.
July 4 – Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith perform with the Boston Pops Orchestra in an event televised nationally in the USA.
July 5 – The US television talent show, American Idol, begins its tour.
July 7 – Justin Timberlake released his single SexyBack. The song went on to top the Billboard Hot 100 for a total of 7 weeks.
July 9 – Scooter releases the live CD and DVD Excess All Areas, with recordings taken from the Who’s Got The Last Laugh Now? tour.
July 11 – Jean Dolabella replaces Igor Cavalera in Sepultura.
July 12 – Rivers Cuomo confirms that Weezer is now on hiatus again. Commenting on the band’s future he said, “I’m not certain we’ll ever make a record again, unless it becomes really obvious to me that we need to do one.”
July 17 – Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne marries Deryck Whibley in a private ceremony.
Stephanie McIntosh, former star of the Australian television soap opera, Neighbours, releases her debut single, “Mistake”, in Australia, where it became a top three hit.
Family Values Tour 2006, featuring Korn, Deftones and Stone Sour, begins. This was the first Family Values Tour since 2001.
July 30 – The last ever weekly edition of the British television chart show, Top of the Pops, is broadcast after 42 years on the air.
July 31 – Chicago rock band OK Go release their video for their single “Here It Goes Again”, and the video quickly becomes an internet phenomenon on YouTube.
August 1 – The 10th anniversary of television channel MTV2’s launch and the 25th anniversary of MTV’s launch.
August 2 – Dan Swanö quits Bloodbath.
August 4–6 – The Lollapalooza festival is held in Chicago, USA.
August 15 – Christina Aguilera releases her third studio album Back to Basics, and debuts No. 1 on the Billboard 200; her first studio album in four years, it becomes her second number one album since her debut, selling 346,000 copies in its first week.
August 21 – Anne-Sophie Mutter announces her divorce from André Previn.
August 22 – The Devil Wears Prada release their successful debut album while all the members are still in high school.
It is reported that Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton is undergoing treatment for throat cancer and will sit out the first half of the band’s Route of All Evil Tour, the first time he would miss any shows in the band’s history. Long time band friend David Hull filled in for Hamilton until his return.
The Assassin Tree (score: Stuart MacRae, libretto: Simon Armitage) is premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival.
August 26 – David Gilmour’s world tour ends with a performance at the Gdańsk shipyards, Gdańsk. The show was filmed and recorded for release of the live album set Live in Gdańsk (2008).
August 29 – Jessica Simpson released her first album in three years, A Public Affair, after her “public” divorce.
August 31 – Rock group Panic! at the Disco win the Video of the Year award for their hit single “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.
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