Just another GR refugee. Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.
It is 2001.
In the wake of 9/11, Clear Channel issues to its stations a list of 165 "lyrically questionable" songs not to play, which includes John Lennon's Imagine, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, The Animals' We Gotta Get Out of This Place, and Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World. Apple introduces both iTunes and the iPod. XM Satellite Radio debuts. Napster shuts down its entire network to comply with a court-ordered injunction. The Manic Street Preachers become the first rock band to perform a concert in Cuba (Fidel Castro is in attendance). The Eagles fire Don Felder, who sues the band for wrongful termination; Don Henley and Glen Frey counter-sue for breach of contract. (They settle out of court.) Mel C. leaves the Spice Girls. Most Americans are unaware that in Britain, ITV's Pop Idol is king of the TV ratings, and have never heard of Simon Cowell. (FOX, however, is paying attention.) Sean "Puffy" Combs is acquitted of all charges relating to a 1999 nightclub shooting, but one of his label's artists, Shyne, is convicted on two counts of assault, reckless endangerment, and illegal gun possession. Whitney Houston and her husband, Bobby Brown, are banned for life from Hollywood's Bel Air Hotel, and then arrested and jailed, for completely destroying their room, to the extent that the hotel was forced to close for five days in order to complete the necessary repairs. Mariah Carey signs a four-album deal with Virgin Records, for $80 million, which is topped by Whitney Houston's six-album deal with Arista for $100 million. Mariah Carey then checks into a hospital for what is called "extreme exhaustion" (after displaying some very bizarre public behavior, such as an unscheduled, strip-tease-featuring, visit to MTV's Total Request Live). The surviving members of Nirvana sue Courtney Love to remove her from the board controlling the band, citing "irrational, mercurial, self-centered, unmanageable, inconsistent, and unpredictable" behavior. A light airplane crash in the Bahamas kills nine people, including R&B singer Aaliyah, in music's continuing bad history with small airplanes. The concerts of the year occur in the fall, charity events after 9/11, featuring artists such as Bruce Springsteen, U2, Faith Hill, the Dixie Chicks, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, The Who, Destiny's Child, Neil Young, Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, The Backstreet Boys, Willie Nelson, Elton John, James Brown, and Adam Sandler as "Operaman," among others.
Top hits: All for You (Janet Jackson), Ms. Jackson (Outkast), Angel (Shaggy featuring Rayvon), Lady Marmalade (Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink), U Remind Me (Usher), Bootylicious (Destiny's Child), Fallin' (Alicia Keys), I'm Real (Jennifer Lopez featuring JaRule), Family Affair (Mary J. Blige), U Got It Bad (Usher), How You Remind Me (Nickelback), The Way You Love Me (Faith Hill), Don't Tell Me (Madonna), Survivor (Destiny's Child), Jaded (Aerosmith), Drops of Jupiter (Train), Loverboy (Mariah Carey featuring Cameo), The Star-Spangled Banner (Whitney Houston), Hero (Enrique Iglesias), Get the Party Started (Pink), Whenever Wherever (Shakira), and I Hope You Dance (Lee Ann Womack).
(Sorry this is a day late; I was experiencing some "technical difficulties" yesterday.)