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 2002.
American Idol debuts on FOX, as a summer program. (First winner: Kelly Clarkson.) Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Golden Jubilee with a pop concert at Buckingham Palace, featuring Sir Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Tony Bennett, Elton John, Joe Cocker, Annie Lennox, Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, and Queen. (Brian May's guitar solo of God Save the Queen steals the show.) Michael Jackson accuses Tommy Mottola, chairman of Sony Music, of leading up an industry-wide conspiracy against black artists. Jackson then makes headlines for dangling his nine-month-old son over a balcony in Berlin. Adam Ant is committed to a psychiatric institution, after an incident involving a firearm in a London pub. Virgin Records buys out the remainder of Mariah Carey's contract for $28 million, effectively paying her not to record for them. Carey is immediately signed by Island Def Jam. Liverpool's airport is renamed for John Lennon. Part of Tennessee Route 19 is renamed for Tina Turner, of nearby Nutbush. Rapper C-Murder is arrested for murder, while R&B singer R. Kelly is arrested on 21 counts of sex with a minor. Death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, John Entwistle, and Jam Master Jay. Napster is shut down for good. Paul McCartney marries Heather Mills, whom his children reportedly do not like.
Big Hits: Foolish (Ashanti), Dilemma (Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland), Always on Time (Ja Rule featuring Ashanti), Ain't It Funny (Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule), Hot in Herre (Nelly), A Moment Like This (Kelly Clarkson), Lose Yourself (Eminem), Can't Get You Out of My Head (Kylie Minogue), Underneath Your Clothes (Shakira), Complicated (Avril Lavigne), Long Time Gone (Dixie Chicks), Work It (Missy Elliott), Love U Better (LL Cool J), Die Another Day (Madonna), Jenny From the Block (Jennifer Lopez featuring Jadakiss and Styles), Bonnie and Clyde (Jay-Z featuring Beyonce), How You Remind Me (Nickelback), The Middle (Jimmy Eat World), Clocks (Coldplay), and A Little Less Conversation (Junkie XL featuring Elvis).