Tuesday 9pm ET: MaxMusic 21st Century – 2007 (Part 2)

January 1 – George Shearing is knighted for services to music in The Queen’s New Year Honours List. Evelyn Glennie becomes a Dame. Imogen Cooper, John Rutter and Rod Stewart are appointed CBE.
January 12 – In an experiment initiated by The Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten, violinist Joshua Bell plays incognito busker at the Metro subway station L’Enfant Plaza in Washington, D.C.; of the 1,097 people who passed by, only seven stop to listen and only one recognizes Bell.
January 30
Following rumours that The Police will reunite for a tour after 23 years to mark the 30th anniversary of the release of “Roxanne”, the band announce that they will perform at the opening of the 49th annual Grammy Awards on February 11 and subsequently announce The Police Reunion Tour.
Timbaland plagiarism controversy: rumours circulate that Timbaland may have appropriated his ringtone Block Party and the related beat to Nelly Furtado’s “Do It”.
Lebanese-born UK popstar Mika’s music career begins after signing to Universal Records UK.
February 7 – Avril Lavigne release the lead single from her third album The Best Damn Thing Girlfriend.
February 11 – the 49th Grammy Awards are presented at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Christina Aguilera performs “It’s Man’s Man’s Man’s World” a tribute to the Godfather of Soul James Brown. Dixie Chicks became the biggest winners of the night with five awards, including the big three: Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Red Hot Chili Peppers won four awards for their 2006 rock hit Dani California and the album Stadium Arcadium. Shakira performed for the first time ever at the Grammys with the biggest hit of 2006 Hips Don’t Lie featuring Wyclef Jean. The Police reunited and performed for the first time in the 21st century.
February 16 – Chris Cornell leaves Audioslave because of “musical differences”.
February 20 – Christina Aguilera began her second leg of her Back to Basics Tour in the US. The tour would go on to become the highest-grossing tour for a female artist in 2007.
February 26 – Gramophone magazine reports on its website a confession by William Barrington-Coupe that he released recordings by other pianists under the name of his wife Joyce Hatto. Barrington-Coupe claims that Hatto was unaware of the deception.
February 27 – American rock parody band Tenacious D release their movie, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny on DVD.
February 28 – It is announced that the American early 1980s punk band Circle Jerks have released a new song, titled “I’m Gonna Live”, also to be heard on their Myspace page. Rumors spread that the band is gearing up to release a follow-up to 1995’s Oddities, Abnormalities and Curiosities.
March 1 – Angela Hacker is voted by viewers the 2007 champion of the televised singing competition Nashville Star. Her prize is a record deal with Warner Bros. Records.
March 2 – Soilwork hires Daniel Antonsson. He was a session musician for the band in 2006.
March 12
Matchbook Romance announce they are going on indefinite hiatus after ten years, as all members decided to go their separate ways.
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, R.E.M., The Ronettes, Patti Smith and Van Halen inducted in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
March 16 – Bad Religion reveal their new album will be called New Maps of Hell.
March 21 – Toshimitsu Deyama announces that he has been recording with Yoshiki after a gap of ten years.
March 25 – Elton John plays Madison Square Garden for the 60th time, to celebrate his 60th birthday. The concert sets the record for most performances by an artist at the venue. Longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin makes an appearance, as do celebrities Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams and former President Bill Clinton. John performs songs from his back catalogue, including “Ballad of a Well-Known Gun” and “Roy Rogers”.

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