Monday 6pm ET: MaxMusic 21st Century – 2009

January 8 – Lady Gaga’s debut single “Just Dance” hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 after 22 weeks – the second longest climb to number one, since Creed “With Arms Wide Open” in November 2000 (27 weeks). Just Dance also reaches number 1 on the UK Singles Chart three days later, a week after it debuted at number 3.
January 17 – Koncerthuset, the Copenhagen Concert Hall, opens.
January 18 – As part of the inaugural celebration of US President Barack Obama, an inaugural concert entitled “We Are One” is held at the Lincoln Memorial. Performers include Mary J. Blige, Garth Brooks, Renée Fleming, Caleb Green, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, Beyoncé Knowles, Bettye Lavette, Pete Seeger, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, U2 and Stevie Wonder. Several of the songs performed had been used by Obama’s presidential campaign.
January 20
Reel Big Fish published the album Fame, Fortune and Fornication (all Cover songs)
Artists including Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Shakira, Sting, Faith Hill, Mary J. Blige, Maroon 5, Stevie Wonder and Will.I.Am performed at the Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama
January 28 – Kelly Clarkson breaks record for the biggest jump to number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 when her single “My Life Would Suck Without You” soars from number 97 to number one fueled by 280,000 digital downloads in the first week of release.
January 29 – Madonna announces that she will extend her record-breaking Sticky & Sweet Tour during summer 2009, to visit cities that were excluded during the first run. The tour kicked off at The O2 in London on July 4. The extension took the Sticky & Sweet Tour to a total of over 80 shows, putting it among the top five tours of all time.
February 1
At Super Bowl XLIII, Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson perform at the pregame show and Bruce Springsteen at the halftime show.
Lily Allen’s “The Fear” jumps 168 spots to reach the number one spot on the UK Singles Chart, ending Lady Gaga’s three-week reign at the top.
February 8
At the 51st Grammy Awards which took place at the Staples Center, Los Angeles:
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant win five Grammys for their duet album Raising Sand which also won Album of the Year
Lil Wayne wins four awards, including Best Rap Album for Tha Carter III.
Coldplay wins three awards including Song of the Year for Viva La Vida.
Adele wins two awards including Best New Artist.
Blink-182 announce that they are to reunite for a tour and new album.
February 10 – Rihanna cancels her Malaysian concert in the Good Girl Gone Bad Tour amid reports that she accused her boyfriend R&B star Chris Brown of assault. Organizers had announced that she would shun skimpy outfits to conform with Muslim-majority Malaysia’s strict rule on performers’ dress.
February 12
“Crack a Bottle”, performed by Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent, sets a new record for opening week download sales in the United States, at 418,000 copies. The previous record (335,000) was set by “Live Your Life”.
Billboard announces that Madonna is the highest-earning entertainer of 2008, with US$242,176,466, mostly from her sold-out Sticky & Sweet Tour.
February 13 – Drake releases third official mixtape So Far Gone, which receives universal acclaim. Goes on to become recognized as one of the best modern mixtapes and Drake’s launch into mainstream success.
February 18
Pet Shop Boys win the outstanding contribution to music award at the Brit Awards.
Duffy dominates the Brit Awards, held in Earl’s Court, London. Her album, Rockferry, the U.K top seller in 2008, won best British album, and she also won best British female and British breakthrough
Kings of Leon (best international group) also win best international album for Only By The Night.
Katy Perry wins best international female trophy.
Flo Rida breaks his own record when his single “Right Round” is downloaded 636,000 units in the opening week. His 2008 chart-topper “Low” set the previous record for most downloaded song with 467,000 units sold in the first week of release.
February 24 – Lamb of God album Wrath debuts at number 2 on the Billboard 200, making it the highest charting extreme metal album in the last fifteen years.
February 26 – Vocalist Steven Page leaves the Barenaked Ladies.

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