Events in Music in 2003

Music Single

Jan 7 "In Da Club" single is released by 50 Cent (MTV Video Music Award Best Rap Video and Best New Artist 2003, Billboard Song of the Year 2003)

Music History

Jan 13 Rock musician Pete Townshend of The Who was arrested in London on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. He was later cleared.

#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 Jennifer Lopez starts a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "All I Have"

  • Feb 2 Russian pop girl duo Tatu start a four-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart with "All The Things She Said"

Music History

Feb 3 Actress Lana Clarkson is shot and killed by Phil Spector at Spector's house in Alhambra, California

  • Feb 6 American rapper 50 Cent releases his album “Get Rich or Die Trying’” (2003 Billboard Album of the Year)
  • Feb 20 Pyrotechnics display sets 'The Station' nightclub ablaze during a concert by rock band Great White; kills 100 and injuries over 300 others (West Warwick, Rhode Island)

Grammy Awards

Feb 23 45th Grammy Awards: "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones wins

  • Mar 10 "My Front Porch Looking In" single released by Lonestar (Billboard Song of the Year 2003)

Hall of Fame

Mar 10 18th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: AC/DC; The Clash; Elvis Costello and the Attractions; The Police; The Righteous Brothers; Benny Benjamin; Floyd Cramer; Steve Douglas; and Mo Ostin

Album Release

Mar 25 Capitol/Nashville Records releases "Rules of Travel", the tenth studio album by singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash; produced by husband John Leventhal, it includes a duet with her father Johnny Cash

Music History

Apr 19 Nina Simone is awarded and honorary degree by the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia

  • May 21 38th Academy of Country Music Awards: Toby Keith, Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney win
  • May 24 48th Eurovision Song Contest: Sertab Erener for Turkey wins singing "Everyway That I Can" in Riga

Music Concert

May 24 Paul McCartney performs in his first-ever concert in Russia, in Moscow's Red Square, to a crowd of over 100,000 people

Music Premiere

Jun 10 Musical "Wicked", starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, officially opens at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco

  • Jun 27 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Radiohead, Moby, and R.E.M. headline; other performers include David Gray, The Polyphonic Spree; Jimmy Cliff, Sigur Rós, Los Lobos, and Yes

Music Concert

Jul 24 Ringo Starr's eighth All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include: Colin Hay, Paul Carrack, John Waite, Sheila E., and Mark Rivera

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 7 Farm Aid 16 held in Columbus, Ohio; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Hootie & the Blowfish, Sheryl Crow, Brooks & Dunn, and Daniel Lanois [1]

  • Sep 13 British rock singer Mike Smith (Dave Clark Five) fractures spine falling while trying to enter his home after locking himself out, becomes permanently paralyzed from the waist down

Album Release

Sep 15 ISO/Columbia Records releases David Bowie's 23rd studio album, "Reality"; he supports it with what becomes his final concert tour

Music History

Sep 17 Billy Corgan presents his poetry at the Art Institute of Chicago's Rubloff Auditorium

  • Oct 30 Stephen Schwartz's musical "Wicked", a re-telling of the "Wizard of Oz" from the Wicked Witch of the West's' point of view, starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, opens at the Gershwin Theatre, NYC; run is ongoing, wins 2 Tony Awards, 7 Drama Desk Awards, and a Grammy

Album Release

Nov 4 "Shock'n Y'all" 8th studio album by Toby Keith is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2004)

#1 in the Charts

Nov 11 Josh Groban releases his second album "Closer"; it goes to #1 on US charts and becomes his biggest seller

Music History

Nov 17 Britney Spears, at 21 years old, becomes the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Music Concert

Nov 29 The first of Nelson Mandela's 46664 AIDS benefit concerts held at Green Point Stadium, Capetown

Music History

Dec 5 Mexican singer Thalia the "Queen of Latin Pop" is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles

  • Dec 10 14th Billboard Music Awards: 50 Cent and Shania Twain win