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  • January – following an investigation by The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and London detectives, police raids in England and the Netherlands recover nearly 500 original Beatles studio tapes, recorded during the Let It Be sessions. Five people are arrested. The tapes have been used for bootleg releases for years.
  • January 13 – The Who guitarist, Pete Townshend, is arrested by Scotland Yard on suspicion of possessing and making indecent images of children and of incitement to distribute such images, after pornographic images are found on his home computer. [Inaccurate, needs going through by someone familiar with case]
  • January 15 – 2003 CDNOW Readers' Poll for all albums and new talent of 2002.


  • February 3 – Legendary record producer Phil Spector is arrested for investigation of homicide after the body of actress Lana Clarkson is found at his home in Alhambra, California. Police responded to the 911 phone call from one of Spector's neighbors and discovered Clarkson's body, with a gunshot wound. Clarkson was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • February 8 – Avril Lavigne scores her third #1 single "I'm with You", and make her the second artist in history of having three consecutive #1 songs of a debut album at the Billboard Mainstream Top 40.
  • February 20 – The Station nightclub fire: Fire engulfs a Rhode Island nightclub during a fireworks display which was part of the performance by rock band Great White. The fire quickly spreads across the ceiling, filling the building with thick, black smoke, killing 100 people and injuring 160 others as audience members rush for the exits. Many people were missing for some time, including Great White guitarist Ty Longley, who was later confirmed to be dead.
  • February 23 – New York City is the site of The 45th Annual Grammy Awards, featuring Nickelback, No Doubt, Foo Fighters, Beyoncé, and other performers.
  • February 27 – Othar Turner, one of the last remaining and most well-known African-American fife-and-drum musicians, dies at the age of 93 in Gravel Springs, Mississippi. Fife-and-drum bands were a significant influence of early blues.



  • April 1 – Dozens of fans walk out during a Pearl Jam concert when lead singer Eddie Vedder made anti-war comments and insulting remarks about U.S. President George W. Bush. Other audience members booed and shouted at Vedder telling him to "shut up." Vedder attempted to calm the crowd by adding "just to clarify... we support the troops."
  • April 8 – Godsmack releases their third studio album Faceless.
  • April 21 – S Club announce live on stage at London's Docklands Arena that they've decided to split up after five years together. Their final single, "Say Goodbye", enters the chart at #2 a month after the announcement. Rachel Stevens from the group launched her successful solo career shortly afterwards with the song Sweet Dreams My LA Ex.




  • July – A-Teens and many others perform at the Stockholm Pride
  • July 2 – Delta Goodrem is diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease.
  • July 30 – The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, The Guess Who, and others headline a benefit concert in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to prove that the city is safe from SARS. With 450 000 spectators, it is the largest concert in Canadian history.
  • June 25 – Beyoncé releases her No.1 debut solo album "Dangerously In Love", which earned her 5 grammys in a single night. It also spawned two No.1 singles in the US and has sold 11 million copies to date.




  • October 4 – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's The Rising Tour concludes after 120 shows over 14 months, with record-setting sales in U.S. stadiums during the summer and early autumn.
  • October 5 – Marco Aro, Quits, The Haunted
  • October 16 – Simon & Garfunkel begin their "Old Friends" U.S. reunion tour, twenty years after their 1983 world tour.
  • October 20 – Britney Spears releases the first single, Me Against The Music Ft. Madonna, off the upcoming album In the Zone, marketed as a comeback single in the US which went on to be an international success reaching top three in several countries.
  • October 21 –
  • October 30 – Steve O'Rourke, the manager for Pink Floyd passes away from a Stroke at age 63. In tribute, the legal incarnation of the band reunited to perform at his funeral.




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Day Album Artist Notes
7 Hate Crew Deathroll Children of Bodom -
Inertia The Exies -
13 Epica Kamelot -
Up All Night The Waifs -
Le Chemin Kyo -
14 Pain to Kill Terri Clark -
Failer Kathleen Edwards -
What You Want Is Now House of Heroes -
19 Summer 2003 Anthrax EP
21 Such Great Heights The Postal Service EP
The Lost & Found Rasputina EP
Live in Japan 2002 Simple Plan Live
Music in High Places Unwritten Law Live
Simple Things Remixes Zero 7 Remix
25 The Heartless Control Everything Chiodos EP
28 New Arrival A*Teens -
Master and Everyone Bonnie 'Prince' Billy -
Other People's Songs Erasure Covers album
This Is It: The Best of Faith No More Faith No More Compilation
Playin' Around Play -
...And Don't Forget to Breathe A Static Lullaby -
31 The Dreamer Blake Shelton -


Day Album Artist Notes
3 Enemy of the Enemy Asian Dub Foundation -
Disco 3 Pet Shop Boys Compilation
4 Canterbury Fayre 2001 Hawkwind Live
Love The Juliana Theory -
Wormwood moe. -
Chasing Daylight Sister Hazel -
Keith Sweat Live Keith Sweat Live
Halloween Frank Zappa Live
6 Get Rich or Die Tryin' 50 Cent -
8 Calendar Days The Rocket Summer -
10 Another Late Night: Kid Loco Kid Loco Compilation
100th Window Massive Attack -
11 Michael Bublé Michael Bublé -
How to Start a Fire Further Seems Forever -
Do It For Love Hall & Oates -
Any Given Thursday John Mayer Live
The Essential Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne Compilation
Strapping Young Lad Strapping Young Lad -
Ethnicity Yanni -
17 Animositisomina Ministry -
One Kill Wonder The Haunted -
Office of Strategic Influence OSI -
18 Feast of Wire Calexico -
Give Up The Postal Service -
Chocolate Factory R. Kelly -
Cyclorama Styx -
Deep Water Slang V2.0 Zion I -
19 The Black Mages The Black Mages -
All Else Failed Zao Re-issue
23 The Austin Sessions Edwin McCain -
24 Everything's Eventual Appleton -
Blood Duster Blood Duster -
25 The Art of Losing American Hi-Fi US
Divided Highway The Doobie Brothers Compilation
Nocturama Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds -
Valley of the Damned DragonForce -
1st Round Draft Picks Magno & Mike Jones -
The Music The Music US
Nate Dogg Nate Dogg -
Thalía's Hits Remixed Thalía Remix
The Beautiful Letdown Switchfoot -
28 Chocolate Factory R. Kelly -


Day Album Artist Notes
1 Astronomy Bleach -
3 Fly Sick Puppies EP
Zitilites Kashmir -
4 So Long, Astoria The Ataris -
Fallen Evanescence US
Street Dreams Fabolous -
Avalanche Matthew Good -
The Power to Believe King Crimson -
Joyride Oleander -
The Well's on Fire Procol Harum -
The Best of Run DMC Run-D.M.C. Compilation
Revolusongs Sepultura EP
Magnolia Electric Co. Songs: Ohia -
Every Given Moment Stereomud -
More Parts per Million The Thermals Debut
6 too Fantastic Plastic Machine -
10 Reason Melanie C -
11 Sounds of St. Lucia: Live Acoustic Alchemy Live
Sing the Sorrow AFI -
Friends for Life Buju Banton -
Level II BLACKstreet -
The Essential Clash The Clash US; Compilation
Evolve Ani DiFranco -
Slow Motion Daydream Everclear -
Recreation Day Evergrey -
Everything Will Never Be OK Fiction Plane -
Diamonds on the Inside Ben Harper -
Volume 4 Joe Jackson -
Monster Killer Mike -
Hellalive Machine Head Live
Just One More Mad Caddies -
26 Songs The Melvins -
I Love It Craig Morgan -
Two Lefts Don't Make a Right...but Three Do Relient K -
Becoming i Unloco -
17 Back in the World Paul McCartney Live
Neon Nights Dannii Minogue International
Hellraiser: Best of the Epic Years Motörhead Compilation
Atticus: ...dragging the lake, Vol. 2 Various Artists Compilation
18 Kill or Be Killed Biohazard -
Boomkatalog.One Boomkat Debut
Live in Brazil Concrete Blonde Live
Blackout Hed PE -
Stash Box Kottonmouth Kings EP
Pig Lib Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks -
Moldy Peaches 2000: Unreleased Cutz and Live Jamz 1994-2002 The Moldy Peaches Compilation
Catch the Rainbow: The Anthology Rainbow Compilation
Supper Smog -
Transfiguration of Vincent M. Ward -
19 Dix infernal Moi dix Mois -
23 Innocent Eyes Delta Goodrem -
24 26 Mixes for Cash Aphex Twin Remix
U-Turn Brian McKnight -
Ringo Rama Ringo Starr -
The Pop Hits Roxette Compilation
25 Mes courants électriques Alizée -
Double Live Annihilation Annihilator Live
The Essentials The Blues Brothers Compilation
One Heart Celine Dion -
Stacie Orrico Stacie Orrico -
Top of the World Tour: Live Dixie Chicks Live
Scattered Ashes: A Decade of Emperial Wrath Emperor Compilation
The Trouble with Being Myself Macy Gray -
Let 'Em Burn Hot Boys -
Meteora Linkin Park -
Regaining Unconsciousness NOFX EP
Balls & My Word Scarface -
Now That's What I Call Music! 12 (U.S. series) Various Artists Compilation
27 Likferd Windir -
31 The Very Best of the Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground Compilation


Day Album Artist Notes
1 Weather Systems Andrew Bird -
The Secret of Elena's Tomb ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead EP
The Essential Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra Compilation
Danse Macabre Remixes The Faint Remix
Keep on Your Mean Side The Kills -
Sleeping with Ghosts Placebo -
The Essential Stabbing Westward Stabbing Westward Compilation
Elephant The White Stripes -
Chris Cagle Chris Cagle -
2 Transatlantic Demos Neal Morse -
7 Vehicles and Animals Athlete -
The Very Best of Lighthouse Family Lighthouse Family Compilation
8 Ailleurs land Florent Pagny -
Thickfreakness The Black Keys -
Soul Food Taqueria Tommy Guerrero -
Eiffel 65 Eiffel 65 -
Hatefiles Fear Factory Compilation
Mouthfuls Fruit Bats -
Revolutions per Minute Rise Against -
The Senior Ginuwine -
Faceless Godsmack -
The Blueprint 2.1 Jay-Z -
Blaze Lagwagon -
West for Wishing Matchbook Romance EP
Adoration: The Worship Album Newsboys -
To Whom It May Concern Lisa Marie Presley -
26 Miles Sean Watkins -
14 Now That's What I Call Music! 54 (UK series) Various Artists Compilation
Love Metal HIM -
Damnation Opeth -
The Path Show of Hands -
15 Ball Widespread Panic -
Say You Will Fleetwood Mac -
Thankful Kelly Clarkson -
Ball Widespread Panic -
Have You Forgotten? Darryl Worley -
Now Jessica Andrews -
A Beautiful World Thicke re-release of Cherry Blue Skies
Day I Forgot Pete Yorn -
Mescalero ZZ Top -
18 LeathaFace: The Legends Underground (Part I) Krayzie Bone -
22 Atomic Kitten Atomic Kitten -
The Blessed Hellride Black Label Society -
The Essential Byrds The Byrds Compilation
39 Minutes of Bliss (In an Otherwise Meaningless World) Caesars Compilation
Into the Valley of Death Death by Stereo -
Classic Eric B. & Rakim Compilation
Everybody Loves You Kaki King -
Kristyles KRS-One -
American Life Madonna -
Skeletons Nothingface -
Serart Serart -
White1 Sunn O))) -
Kimi Ga Suki Matthew Sweet -
23 More Like the Moon Wilco EP
24 Welcome to Dun Vegas Peatbog Faeries -
Exclusive U2 EP; iTunes
28 Black Cherry Goldfrapp -
The Trouble with Being Myself Macy Gray UK
The World According to RZA RZA -
29 He's Keith Murray Keith Murray -
Fever to Tell Yeah Yeah Yeahs -
The Matrix Reloaded: The Album Various Artists Soundtrack


Day Album Artist Notes
5 Think Tank Blur -
Welcome to the Monkey House The Dandy Warhols -
Rounds Four Tet UK
Mind Revolution Skyfire -
High Anxiety Therapy? -
6 Alcazarized Alcazar -
Blueprints for the Black Market Anberlin -
We've Come for You All Anthrax -
O' Cracker Where Art Thou? Cracker -
DPGC: U Know What I'm Throwin' Up Daz Dillinger -
Committed to a Bright Future Dog Fashion Disco -
Take This to Your Grave Fall Out Boy -
Dirty Sweet Jet EP
On and On Jack Johnson -
As the Palaces Burn Lamb of God -
Electric Version The New Pornographers -
The War on Errorism NOFX -
Figure Number Five Soilwork -
Scandinavian Leather Turbonegro US
Send Wire -
Jalopy Go Far Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer -
7 Body Kiss The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley, aka Mr. Biggs -
10 Reviens Garou -
12 Singles Box Set 1981-1985 Duran Duran Box Set
Late Night Tales: Nightmares on Wax Nightmares on Wax Compilation
13 Good Mourning Alkaline Trio -
Days of our Lives Bro'Sis -
The Impossibility of Reason Chimaira -
Year of the Spider Cold -
The Golden Age of Grotesque Marilyn Manson -
Out of the Vein Third Eye Blind LP & DVD
19 Something Dangerous Natacha Atlas -
Vulnerable Tricky -
20 Almas del Silencio Ricky Martin -
Harem Sarah Brightman -
Deftones Deftones -
Laughing City Eisley EP
Über Alles Hanzel Und Gretyl -
Black Like Sunday King's X -
Anthem Less Than Jake -
When Broken Is Easily Fixed Silverstein -
Birds of Pray Live -
Vicious Cycle Lynyrd Skynyrd -
Transform Powerman 5000 -
Places for Breathing Revis -
Cyborgs Revisited Simply Saucer Re-issue
Born to Be Free Sonique -
14 Shades of Grey Staind -
Not in My Name Saul Williams EP
Poodle Hat "Weird Al" Yankovic -
24 Lucky Bastards Peter Pan Speedrock -
26 Friend Or Foe? blackmail -
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin DVD
Where Have You Been Tonight? Live Shed Seven Live
27 How the West Was Won Led Zeppelin Live
Falling Uphill Lillix -
The No Fun EP Local H EP
In Between Now and Then O.A.R. -
Rooney Rooney -
Tubular Bells 2003 Mike Oldfield -
Olympia Deuxmilletrois Marc Lavoine Live
Roorback Sepultura -
Winterheart's Guild Sonata Arctica -
Leave a Whisper Shinedown -


Day Album Artist Notes
2 Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation Darkest Hour -
Paper Monsters Dave Gahan Europe
Best: The Greatest Hits of S Club 7 S Club 7 -
You Gotta Go There to Come Back Stereophonics -
3 Dream to Make Believe Armor for Sleep -
Moe Life Big Moe -
Shootenanny! Eels -
Paper Monsters Dave Gahan North America
0304 Jewel -
From There to Here: Greatest Hits Lonestar Compilation
Redwood Lunasa -
Trouble No More John Mellencamp -
Mighty The Planet Smashers -
Something to Crow About Riverboat Gamblers -
Home Simply Red -
In the Pursuit of Leisure Sugar Ray -
My Private Nation Train -
Explode The Unseen -
2003 Warped Tour Compilation Various Artists Compilation
Liberation: Songs to Benefit PETA Various Artists Compilation
5 Windwardtidesandwaywardsails Down by Law -
London Still The Waifs EP
The Phantom Agony Epica Debut Album
6 St. Anger Metallica -
Greatest Hits LeAnn Rimes Compilation
9 Hail to the Thief Radiohead -
10 Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys The Beach Boys Compilation
Joe Budden Joe Budden -
Playwutchyalike: The Best of Digital Underground Digital Underground Compilation
Bare Annie Lennox -
Blackout Dropkick Murphys -
Welcome Interstate Managers Fountains of Wayne -
Keep It Together Guster -
New Sacred Cow Kenna -
Trigger In Flames
The Movement Inspectah Deck -
Ultimate Kenny G Kenny G Compilation
Mest Mest -
The Movement Mo Thugs -
Replay Play -
Everything Must Go Steely Dan -
Dance with My Father Luther Vandross -
13 Finger Eleven Finger Eleven -
First Demo Tape Minor Threat EP
16 The Vertigo of Bliss Biffy Clyro -
Taste the Secret Ugly Duckling -
17 Ambulance LTD Ambulance LTD Debut; EP
Stupidity Bad Manners -
Ghost of a Rose Blackmore's Night -
AttenCHUN! Bone Crusher -
Deja Entendu Brand New -
Finger Eleven Finger Eleven -
A Blessing in Disguise Green Carnation -
Bitches Ain't Shit But Good People Hella EP
Arachnophobiac Michael Schenker Group -
Happy Songs for Happy People Mogwai -
Are We Really Happy with Who We Are Right Now? Moneen -
After the Storm Monica -
Passenger Passenger -
Translating the Name Saosin EP
Rememberese The Stills EP
A Match and Some Gasoline The Suicide Machines -
Waiting for the Moon Tindersticks -
18 Venus and Other Hits Bananarama Compilation
23 Kerrang! High Voltage Various Artists Compilation
Live Kreation Kreator Live
24 Radio Contact Acoustic Alchemy -
Elephunk The Black Eyed Peas -
Hotel Paper Michelle Branch -
Southwest Daz Dillinger -
Aesthetic From First to Last EP
The Ownerz Gang Starr -
Keep It Together Guster -
A Flame to the Ground Beneath Lost Horizon -
Almost Famous Lumidee -
Re:Mix Momentum tobyMac -
De-Loused in the Comatorium The Mars Volta -
I Am the Movie Motion City Soundtrack -
Liz Phair Liz Phair -
Da Unbreakables Three 6 Mafia -
Between the Never and the Now Vendetta Red -
25 Dangerously in Love Beyoncé -
30 Parts of the Process (The Very Best of Morcheeba) Morcheeba Compilation
Lovers The Sleepy Jackson -


Day Album Artist Notes
1 Frail Words Collapse As I Lay Dying -
Chapter II Ashanti -
History for Sale Blue October -
Worm Infested Cannibal Corpse EP
Time Will Tell Robert Cray -
Take a Break Me First and the Gimme Gimmes -
Live Our Lady Peace Live
You Come Before You Poison the Well -
The Green Book Twiztid -
4 Vulture Street Powderfinger Australia
6 Stop Stepping on My Head EP The Roy Clark Method EP
7 Permission to Land The Darkness -
North Atlantic Drift Ocean Colour Scene -
Officially Dead Veruca Salt EP
8 Greatest Hits Collection, Vol. 1 Trace Adkins Compilation
Scooby Snacks: The Collection Fun Lovin' Criminals Compilation
Black August Killah Priest -
Broken Freedom Song: Live from San Francisco Kris Kristofferson Live
Noise for Music's Sake Napalm Death Compilation
The District Sleeps Alone Tonight The Postal Service EP
Far from Nowhere Slick Shoes -
Thalía Thalía -
Young Liars TV on the Radio EP
Maybe Memories The Used Compilation
Yes Remixes Yes Remix
14 Season for Assault 8 Foot Sativa New Zealand
Converting Vegetarians Infected Mushroom -
Lipstick Traces (A Secret History of Manic Street Preachers) Manic Street Preachers Compilation
Late Night Tales: Sly & Robbie Sly & Robbie Compilation
15 Greatest Hits Live 2003 April Wine Live
Red Dirt Road Brooks & Dunn -
Year of the Rabbit Year of the Rabbit -
Jackpot Chingy -
A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar Dashboard Confessional -
Making the Grade Diffuser -
The Pinwheel Galaxy John & Mary US
The Trouble with Being Myself Macy Gray US
Wave on Wave Pat Green -
Comin' from Where I'm From Anthony Hamilton US
P-Bone Steak Peelander-Z -
21 Feeler Pete Murray -
Now That's What I Call Music! 55 (UK series) Various Artists Compilation
22 Evolver 311 -
Dude Descending a Staircase Apollo 440 -
Rip the Jacker Canibus -
Man in the Air Kurt Elling -
It's All in Your Head Eve 6 -
Speed Graphic Ben Folds EP
Friends of Mine Adam Green US
Strays Jane's Addiction -
Moodring Mya US
N.E.W.S Prince -
Mud on the Tires Brad Paisley -
Tribe Queensrÿche -
Three Days Grace Three Days Grace -
The Artist in the Ambulance Thrice -
Ocean Avenue Yellowcard -
Now That's What I Call Music! 13 (U.S. series) Various Artists Compilation
28 Magic and Medicine The Coral -
Blue Street (Five Guitars) Chris Rea -
Lycanthropy Patrick Wolf -
The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection Yes UK; Box Set
29 Pass the Flask The Bled -
Carpenters Perform Carpenter Carpenters Compilation
Down upon the Suwannee River Little Feat Live
Enemies of Reality Nevermore -
Sink or Swim Over My Dead Body -
War at the Warfield Slayer DVD


Day Album Artist Notes
1 The Vinyl Countdown Relient K EP
4 D-D-Don't Don't Stop the Beat Junior Senior -
Final Straw Snow Patrol UK
5 Jeff Jeff Beck -
Truth Be Told Blues Traveler -
Emotional Technology BT -
Frozen Embers The Crüxshadows EP
Best of Ballads & Blues Poison Compilation
Thickskin Skid Row -
Get the Picture? Smash Mouth -
Quebec Ween -
12 Go Pat Benatar -
5 Alive! Carbon Leaf Live
Legacy: the Absolute Best The Doors Compilation
Total Bugs Bunny On Wild Bass Hella EP
Classic Hits Live Kottonmouth Kings Live
Greatest Hits Volume II Alan Jackson Compilation
Triggernometry Onyx -
This Is Meant to Hurt You These Arms Are Snakes Debut EP
Dungeons & Dragons Midnight Syndicate Official soundtrack to the role-playing game
18 Live Box Björk Box Set
Cast of Thousands Elbow UK
19 Unstable Adema -
TruANT Alien Ant Farm -
Rupi's Dance Ian Anderson -
Dierks Bentley Dierks Bentley -
Unleashed Bow Wow -
Giving the Devil His Due Coal Chamber Compilation
Restless Sara Evans -
Simple Things Amy Grant -
Youth and Young Manhood Kings of Leon -
Indestructible Rancid -
In This Skin Jessica Simpson -
Action Pact Sloan -
Trap Muzik T.I. -
Greendale Neil Young -
Clones The Neptunes -
25 Take Them On, On Your Own Black Rebel Motorcycle Club UK
Chain Gang of Love The Raveonettes -
26 Anthems of Rebellion Arch Enemy US
Waking the Fallen Avenged Sevenfold -
Hit & Run Big Sugar Compilation
Crimson II Edge of Sanity
Love & Life Mary J. Blige -
Anchors Aweigh The Bouncing Souls -
Metamorphosis Hilary Duff -
The Wind Warren Zevon -
Burning Down the Opera Edguy Live
Visions of Gandhi Jedi Mind Tricks -
Love, Hell or Right Mathematics -
What Do I Have to Do? Stabbing Westward Compilation
Reverie Sound Revue Reverie Sound Revue EP
Everything Goes Numb Streetlight Manifesto -


Day Album Artist Notes
1 I Get Along EP The Libertines EP
Anthology Ocean Colour Scene Compilation
2 Take Them On, On Your Own Black Rebel Motorcycle Club US
Vintage Michael Bolton -
Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? Metric -
3 Warts and All: Volume 3 moe. Live
7 The Wind Warren Zevon Last Zevon Album
8 Empty the Bones of You Chris Clark -
Death Cult Armageddon Dimmu Borgir -
Dance of Death Iron Maiden -
Hand Over Your Loved Ones Wheatus -
9 Love Is the Only Soldier Jann Arden -
Doll Revolution The Bangles -
Show Me Your Tears Frank Black and the Catholics -
The Decline Of British Sea Power British Sea Power -
Welcome to Poppy's Fun Lovin' Criminals -
The Fiction We Live From Autumn to Ashes -
Dance of Death Iron Maiden -
Heavier Things John Mayer -
From the Ashes Pennywise -
A Few Questions Clay Walker -
Close My Eyes The Slackers -
Self-Destructive Pattern Spineshank -
Hallucinations David Usher -
The Wolf Andrew W.K. -
10 Vulgar Dir en grey -
Sacred Love Sting -
11 Smash The Octopus Flattbush -
14 Self-Destructive Pattern Spineshank -
15 Reality David Bowie -
Rock Rock Kiss Kiss Combo The Fashion -
Traveler Colin James -
Silence Is Easy Starsailor -
16 Go Tell It on the Mountain The Blind Boys of Alabama -
Worldwide Underground Erykah Badu EP
Billy Talent Billy Talent CRIA: 3x Platinum
Melvinmania Melvins Compilation
Thirteenth Step A Perfect Circle -
Before Everything & After MxPx -
In Reverie Saves the Day -
The Soul Sessions Joss Stone US
Page Avenue Story of the Year -
Me & My Brother Ying Yang Twins -
War All the Time Thursday -
21 Absolution Muse UK
22 Greatest Hits & Unheard Bits Space Compilation
23 Seven's Travels Atmosphere -
Dark Chords on a Big Guitar Joan Baez -
The Eyes of Alice Cooper Alice Cooper -
North Elvis Costello -
The Best of Deicide Deicide -
Unwrapped Gloria Estefan -
Gallowsbird's Bark The Fiery Furnaces -
Want That Life The Fixx -
Natural Selection Fuel -
The Greatest Story Ever Told The Lawrence Arms -
Results May Vary Limp Bizkit -
Best of Madball Madball Compilation
Mechanical Spin Phenomena Mnemic -
The R. in R&B Collection, Vol. 1 R. Kelly Compilation
Stories and Alibis Matchbook Romance -
Some Devil Dave Matthews -
Couldn't Have Said It Better Meat Loaf -
Testimony Neal Morse -
Murphy's Law Murphy Lee -
The Long Road Nickelback -
Cheers Obie Trice -
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below Outkast -
The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits! Pantera Compilation
Caught by the Window Pilot Speed Canada
The R. in R&B Collection, Vol. 1 R. Kelly Compilation
Bringer of Blood Six Feet Under -
Stellastarr Stellastarr -
Savin Hill Street Dogs -
Go Vertical Horizon -
Want One Rufus Wainwright -
Past, Present & Future Rob Zombie Compilation
24 Another Day Lene Marlin -
26 Grand Champ DMX -
The Dresden Dolls The Dresden Dolls -
t.A.T.u. Remixes t.A.T.u. Remix
29 Clubfiles – the Album DJ Quicksilver -
The Antidote Moonspell -
Don't Look Back into the Sun/Death on the Stairs The Libertines EP
2nd Verse So Solid Crew -
30 33 Luis Miguel -
See If I Care Gary Allan -
Lead Us Not into Temptation David Byrne -
Singles 93–03 The Chemical Brothers Compilation
Billy Currington Billy Currington -
Life For Rent Dido -
Sunny 16 Ben Folds EP
Confession Ill Niño -
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album Jethro Tull -
Martina Martina McBride -
Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook Bette Midler -
Live at Monsters of Rock Gary Moore Live
Perfecto Presents Great Wall Paul Oakenfold Remix
Changes Kelly Osbourne -
Now That's What I Call Christmas!: The Signature Collection (U.S. series) Various Artists Compilation
School of Rock Various Artists Soundtrack


Day Album Artist Notes
2 Reflections Apocalyptica -
6 Dear Catastrophe Waitress Belle & Sebastian -
7 Nu-Mixx Klazzics 2Pac Remix
Katonah Apollo Sunshine -
The Struggle Cappadonna -
In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 Coheed and Cambria -
Countrysides Cracker -
Accelerate Jump5 -
Transatlanticism Death Cab for Cutie -
Make the Clocks Move Kevin Devine -
Live Dilute & Hella Split Dilute/Hella Split LP
The Room's Too Cold The Early November -
A Kiss in Time Patty Griffin -
Live at the House of Blues Guttermouth Live/DVD
Decade of the Nail Spiked Bat Jag Panzer Compilation
The Preacher's Son Wyclef Jean -
Greatest Hits Wyclef Jean Compilation
Get Born Jet -
Farm Fresh Onions Robert Earl Keen -
Softcore Jukebox Ladytron Compilation
Collideøscope Living Colour -
Chicken-N-Beer Ludacris -
Stone Deaf Forever! Motörhead Box Set
Hope Non-Prophets -
Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People Primus LP/DVD
Birth of a Prince RZA -
Seasons Sevendust -
Shadow Zone Static-X -
21st Century Live Styx Live/DVD
8 Confession Ill Niño -
13 The Curse of Blondie Blondie -
1 Fille & 4 Types Celine Dion -
It All Starts Here Jem EP
Sacred Love Sting -
12 Memories Travis -
14 Measure of a Man Clay Aiken -
Bucketheadland 2 Buckethead -
The Remixes Mariah Carey Remix
Honesty Rodney Atkins -
Long Black Train Josh Turner -
Coral Fang The Distillers -
Boy in Da Corner Dizzee Rascal -
Hard Jagged Edge -
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album Jethro Tull -
For Never and Ever Kill Hannah -
Comfort Woman Me'shell Ndegeocello -
XIII Mushroomhead -
Christmas Is Almost Here Again Carly Simon Christmas
The Essential Simon and Garfunkel Simon & Garfunkel Compilation
As Time Goes By: the Great American Songbook 2 Rod Stewart Covers album
The Movie Album Barbra Streisand -
Careful What You Wish For Texas -
Thalía Thalía -
Blackberry Belle The Twilight Singers -
Chrome, Smoke & BBQ ZZ Top Box Set
17 One Crimson Night HammerFall Live
18 Crusader Scribe New Zealand
19 Infame Babasónicos
20 Hai! The Creatures
Country Life Show of Hands
Singles Suede Compilation
21 The Terror State Anti-Flag -
Everything to Everyone Barenaked Ladies -
Puss 'n' Boots Crash Test Dummies -
Ethernaut The Crüxshadows -
Twentysomething Jamie Cullum -
Group Therapy Dope -
The Very Best of the Eagles The Eagles Compilation
MH Marques Houston -
Kickin' It at the Barn Little Feat -
Live at Monsters of Rock Gary Moore Live DVD
Coverage Mandy Moore Covers album
What's Wrong With This Picture? Van Morrison -
Rush in Rio Rush Live/DVD
Chutes Too Narrow The Shins -
North Something Corporate -
Logic Will Break Your Heart The Stills -
Room on Fire The Strokes -
Streetcore Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros -
Lambhouse: The Collection 1991-1998 Unsane Compilation
Come Feel Me Tremble Paul Westerberg -
MFZB Zebrahead -
24 The Cat Empire The Cat Empire -
27 Everything to Everyone Barenaked Ladies -
The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country on the Click) The Fall UK
Bodysong Jonny Greenwood Soundtrack; UK
Through the Ashes of Empires Machine Head UK
In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003 R.E.M. Compilation; UK
Heavy Swollen Members -
Three Sugababes UK
28 Must I Paint You a Picture? The Essential Billy Bragg Billy Bragg Compilation
Hits! – The Very Best Of Erasure Erasure -
The Glorious Burden Iced Earth -
Notes & Photographs JamisonParker EP
Modern ARTillery The Living End -
DevilDriver DevilDriver -
The Rise of Brutality Hatebreed -
Ultimate Run-D.M.C. Run-D.M.C. Compilation
Room on Fire The Strokes -


Day Album Artist Notes
1 The Journey Continues Bradley Joseph -
Despierta Los Niños Mindless Self Indulgence EP
3 Being Somebody Liberty X UK
Guilty Blue UK
Jarchives: 10 Years of Bodyjar Bodyjar Compilation
A Natural Disaster Anathema UK
Severance Daysend -
In Your Own Time Mark Owen -
1992–2002 Underworld Compilation
4 Choronzon Akercocke -
This Left Feels Right Bon Jovi Compilation
Ultimate Toni Braxton Toni Braxton Compilation
Live 2003 Coldplay US; Live
15 Year Killing Spree Cannibal Corpse Compilation
Shock'n Y'all Toby Keith -
Most Requested Hits Aaron Carter Compilation
Dinosaur Sounds Catch 22 -
The Very Best of Sheryl Crow Sheryl Crow Compilation
The Matrix Revolutions: Music from the Motion Picture Don Davis Soundtrack
The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place Explosions in the Sky -
The Sceptre of Deception Falconer -
Hit Peter Gabriel -
Blood in My Eye Ja Rule -
Kill Sound Before Sound Kills You Kid 606 -
Here Comes That Weird Chill Mark Lanegan EP
My World Avril Lavigne Live
Afterglow Sarah McLachlan -
Payable on Death P.O.D. -
Skull Ring Iggy Pop -
Sixty Six to Timbuktu Robert Plant Compilation
Deck the Halls, Bruise Your Hand Relient K Christmas
Lost & Found: Hip Hop Underground Soul Classics Pete Rock Compilation
Come Poop with Me Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog -
Purple on Time U.S. Maple -
Now That's What I Call Music! 14 (U.S. series) Various Artists Compilation
Now That's What I Call Music! DVD: The Best Videos of 2003!]] Various Artist Compilation
10 Ladies Night Atomic Kitten -
Late Night Tales: Jamiroquai Jamiroquai Compilation
Live from Faraway Stables Silverchair Live
State of Mind Holly Valance -
11 Another 700 Miles 3 Doors Down EP
Live from the Road Chevelle Live
Elocation Default -
Train of Thought Dream Theater -
Kid Rock Kid Rock -
SoulO Nick Lachey -
Lost Dogs Pearl Jam Compilation
Try This Pink -
Tupac: Resurrection Tupac Shakur Soundtrack
Soundtrack to the Apocalypse Slayer Box Set
The Essential Bruce Springsteen Bruce Springsteen Compilation
Thank You Stone Temple Pilots Compilation
14 Beg for Mercy G-Unit -
The Black Album Jay-Z -
17 Let It Be... Naked The Beatles Remix
A Present for Everyone Busted -
Body Language Kylie Minogue -
Turn It On Ronan Keating -
Ether Song Turin Brakes -
Now That's What I Call Music! 56 (UK series) Various Artists Compilation
18 Live at the Fireside Bowl Against All Authority Live
Ashanti's Christmas Ashanti -
Blink-182 Blink-182 -
Jackpot Chingy -
I Can't Stop Al Green -
One Wish: The Holiday Album Whitney Houston Christmas
Revolutionary Vol. 2 Immortal Technique -
Number Ones Michael Jackson Compilation
At Last Cyndi Lauper -
Room To Breathe Reba McEntire -
Live in Texas Linkin Park Live DVD
The Central Park Concert Dave Matthews Band Live/DVD
Body Language Kylie Minogue -
18 B Sides + DVD Moby Compilation & DVD
Live at Largo Glen Phillips Live
Greatest Hits Red Hot Chili Peppers -
The Electric Joe Satriani: An Anthology Joe Satriani Compilation
Collide Skillet -
The Biggest and the Best Slick Shoes Compilation
In the Zone Britney Spears US
Heavy Swollen Members -
Under Construction, Part II Timbaland & Magoo -
Symptoms of Humanity Union 13 -
The Infinite Steve Vai: An Anthology Steve Vai -
22 All Request Live Ween Live
23 Call Off the Search Katie Melua UK
24 Dedicated Lemar -
Pop Art: Pet Shop Boys - The Hits Pet Shop Boys -
The Soul Sessions Joss Stone UK
Turnaround Westlife -
25 Dirty Reggae The Aggrolites -
Unearthed Johnny Cash Box Set
Films about Ghosts Counting Crows Compilation
Elocation Default -
This Is Not a Test! Missy Elliott -
Folklore Nelly Furtado -
7 Enrique Iglesias -
Take a Look in the Mirror KoЯn -
D.I.G.I.T.A.L. KRS-One -
Part II Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz -
Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention Nelly -
The Singles 1992-2003 No Doubt -
Life On Display Puddle of Mudd -
Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium Rage Against the Machine Live
Love the Cup Sons and Daughters -
The Make Yourself at Home EP The Starting Line EP
Now and Forever: The Hits TLC UK; Compilation


Day Album Artist Notes
1 Daft Club Daft Punk Remix
The Firebird Suite - Archives The Firebird Band -
2 The Diary of Alicia Keys Alicia Keys US
And Then ... Joe -
Comin' on Strong Trace Adkins -
8 Lichtspielhaus Rammstein DVD
9 Big Money Heavyweight Big Tymers -
Nick Cannon Nick Cannon -
Fefe Dobson Fefe Dobson -
Marvelous Things Eisley EP
The Reason Hoobastank -
Tasty Kelis -
Live at Brixton Academy Motörhead Live
Soulstar Musiq -
Splinter The Offspring -
Tha Dogg: Best of the Works Snoop Dogg -
Soulful Ruben Studdard -
Terrorist Threats Westside Connection -
16 Extended Play Denver Harbor EP
M.A.D.E. Memphis Bleek -
The Lex Diamond Story Raekwon -
17 Legendary Zao Compilation
23 Juve the Great Juvenile -
27 I Look I See Yusuf Islam -
30 Lighthouse The Waifs EP
31 Porch Life Big D and the Kids Table -

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Top 5 albums of Billboard year

  1. Beyoncé – Dangerously in Love
  2. 50 centGet Rich or Die Tryin'
  3. Norah JonesCome Away With Me
  4. Shania TwainUp!
  5. Dixie ChicksHome

Top 10 Selling Albums Of the Year

  1. Get Rich Or Die Tryin'50 Cent
  2. Come Away with MeNorah Jones
  3. MeteoraLinkin Park
  4. Life For RentDido
  5. Dangerously In LoveBeyoncé
  6. A Rush Of Blood To The HeadColdplay
  7. FallenEvanescence
  8. In The ZoneBritney Spears
  9. Let GoAvril Lavigne
  10. One HeartCeline Dion

Top hits on record

Classical music

  • Leonardo BaladaEbony Fantasies (Cantata for Choir and Orchestra)
  • George Crumb
    • A Journey Beyond Time for soprano, percussion quartet and piano.
    • Otherworldly Resonances for two pianos
    • River of Life for soprano, percussion quartet and piano
  • Mario DavidovskyDuo Capriccioso for piano and violin
  • Peter Maxwell Davies
    • Naxos Quartet No. 2
    • Naxos Quartet No. 3
  • Andrew Glover- The Death of Angels: A Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
  • Haflidi Hallgrímsson – Cello Concerto
  • György LigetiHamburg Concerto for solo Horn and Chamber Orchestra with 4 obligato Natural Horns (1998–99, 2003)
  • Alexander Raskatov – The Last Freedom
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen


Musical theater

Musical film


  • October 28 – Beatrice Millie McCartney, daughter of Paul McCartney and Heather Mills. The McCartneys fooled the press into publishing misleading details about the birth.



The following artists are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: AC/DC, The Clash, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, The Police, The Righteous Brothers


ARIA Music Awards

Country Music Association Awards

Eurovision Song Contest

Grammy Awards

  • Grammy Awards of 2003

Mercury Music Prize


Triple J Hottest 100

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