2005 – Madonna adds a ninth U.K. No. 1 album to her career tally, joining her 11th No. 1 single to complete her domination of the British sales charts. “Confessions on a Dance Floor” goes straight to No. 1 on the album survey, while “Hung Up” starts a second week at the singles chart peak.
2005 – Singer/songwriter Chris Whitley dies at the age of 45 after battling lung cancer.
2003 – 50 Cent scores three awards at the inaugural Vibe Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Receiving statuettes for artist of the year, dopest album (“Get Rich or Die Tryin'”) and hottest hook (“In Da Club”), the rapper heads a winners’ circle that includes double honorees Beyonc and Jay-Z.
2003 – Producer Phil Spector pleads not guilty in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson. Spector is formally charged with one count of murder by the Los Angeles County District Attorney.
2001 – Country chanteuse Deana Carter releases her first holiday album, “Father Christmas,” on her own Deanatone Records.
2000 – Aretha Franklin, Snoop Dogg, and Brian McKnight are among the performers who take part in the third annual “Soul Train” Christmas Starfest at the Santa Monica (Calif.) Civic Auditorium. The show features top R&B artists performing holiday favorites.
1999 – Patty Loveless kicks off the holiday season by traveling aboard a CSX Transportation train bearing gifts to families along a route from Pikeville, Ky., Loveless’ hometown, to Kingsport, Tenn. The transportation system has distributed 15 tons of gifts annually to people living in Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Tennessee and Western Virginia.
1999 – R&B superstar Brandy appears in her first television special. The hour-long program, billed as “Brandy In Concert: A Special For The Holidays,” features songs taped at a recent concert at Chicago’s Rosemont Theatre.
1998 – Skatalites saxophonist Roland Alphonso, 67, dies at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He had been in a coma after suffering a seizure earlier in the month.
1998 – Alanis Morissette does an in store performance for the opening of a Tower records store in Buenos Aires. Proceeds from the sale of her album for the day are donated to a local children’s hospital.
1998 – A three-day World Conference on Music and Censorship begins in Copenhagen with aims to establish a support organization for musicians, similar to writers’ free speech body PEN.
1997 – Celebrated music journalist Robert Palmer dies in a New York hospital. He is 52. Palmer, who endured a long bout with liver disease, was awaiting a possible transplant.
1995 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” Whitney Houston.
1991 – Randy Jackson is sentenced in Los Angeles to a month in jail for violating probation. The 30-year-old brother of superstar Michael Jackson had pleaded no contest in January to charges of beating his wife.
1979 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough),” Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer. The song is the fourth No. 1 for both women, including a duet Streisand had with Neil Diamond.
1967 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Incense and Peppermints,” Strawberry Alarm Clock.
1952 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “It’s in the Book,” Johnny Standley.
1947 – Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh is born in New York. As a solo artist he has four top 20 albums, including “The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get,” which reaches No. 6 on Billboard’s pop album chart.
1946 – Guitarist Duane Allman is born in Nashville, Tenn.