2004 – French film score composer Michel Colombier dies at his home in Santa Monica, Calif., following a six-month battle with cancer. He is 65.
2003 – Jay-Z’s “The Black Album,” which he says is his final bow, has a rare Friday release Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam.
2000 – As promised, the Offspring give away $1 million of its own money to a lucky fan. Two finalists in the band’s online giveaway, where fans who downloaded the song “Original Prankster” were automatically entered, appear on MTV’s “Total Request Live” to compete in a trivia contest to determine who will take the prize. 14-year-old Ashley Hitchcock wins, correctly identifying Noodles as the oldest member of the band.
1999 – EMI Music Distribution begins offering retailers a $3 rebate on each unit sold of the latest Garth Brooks album “In… The Life Of Chris Gaines,” in order to boost sales. In exchange for the rebate, retailers are asked to lower the price of the Capitol album – which lists for $17.98 on CD – as low as possible.
1997 – Though it’s not a sell-out, the Bee Gees’ show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas still manages to gross a stunning $1,681,100. Tickets ranging in price from $50-$300 give the Arena its highest gross of the year.
1995 – Controversial rappers Tha Dogg Pound enter The Billboard 200 chart at No. 1 with “Dogg Food.” Rappers rule the week’s Top 10 with Cypress Hill’s “Cypress Hill III” debuting in third, and Eight Ball and MG debuting at No. 8 with “On Top of the World.”
1995 – The Rolling Stones release their acoustic “Stripped” album.
1982 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Up Where We Belong,” Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes. The single wins an Oscar as the theme of “An Officer and a Gentleman.”
1972 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “I Can See Clearly Now,” Johnny Nash.
1961 – The Elvis Presley film “Blue Hawaii” premieres.
1940 – Freddie Garrity of Freddie & the Dreamers is born in Manchester, England.