Category: Max21st Century

Monday 6pm ET: MaxMusic 21st Century – 2014

January 26 – The 56th Annual Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Daft Punk won 5 awards, including Album of the Year for Random Access Memories and Record of the Year for “Get Lucky”.
January 28 – Mötley Crüe sign a “Cessation of Tour” agreement which will see them retire after a final world tour ending in 2015.
February 2 – Soprano Renée Fleming makes history as the first opera singer to perform the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Bruno Mars performs during the halftime show, with an appearance from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
February 4 – Transatlantic released their first album in five years, Kaleidoscope.
February 25 – As I Lay Dying lead singer Tim Lambesis pleads guilty to felony solicitation of murder after attempting to hire a hitman to kill his estranged ex-wife.
Whole February – Katy Perry tops the US Billboard Hot 100 with her song “Dark Horse”, which overtakes Madonna in the most weeks at No. 1, and ties with Janet Jackson.
March 23 – Dave Brockie (also known as Oderus Urungus), lead singer of Gwar, died from an accidental overdose. After his public memorial in August, his character’s infamous costume received a Viking funeral at Haddad’s Lake in Gwar’s hometown of Richmond, Virginia. The band reformed, resumed touring, and began ending their sets with a revised cover of Jim Carroll’s punk classic, “People Who Died.”
March 27 – Christine McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac for first time in 16 years.
April 1 – Nickel Creek released their first album in nine years, A Dotted Line.
April 10 – The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame took place. Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt were inducted at the ceremony.
April 22 – Actor and pop rock musician Drake Bell releases his first album in eight years (third overall), Ready Steady Go!, under indie label Surfdog Records. The album received considerable attention, from media outlets such as KTLA, Good Day L.A., and Entertainment Tonight, for its revival of rockabilly. The album was produced by Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer. It was praised by critics for Bell’s performance and direction for the album. It had poor sales however, peaking at number 182 on the Billboard 200, and only selling 2,000 copies in its first week of release.
May 13 – Michael Jackson’s second posthumous album of previously unreleased tracks, Xscape, was released. Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s duet “Love Never Felt So Good” was announced as the official lead single.
May 17 – Saosin performed at the Skate and Surf festival with their original lead vocalist, Anthony Green (who is also Circa Survive’s frontman). This was the first time Green had performed with Saosin since departing in 2004 to form Circa Survive.
May 20 – Josh Kaufman is crowned winner of the 6th season of The Voice, with Jake Worthington and Christina Grimmie finishing runner-up and third place respectively.
May 21 – Caleb Johnson is crowned winner of the 13th season of American Idol while Jena Irene is named the runner-up.
June 30 – After being their drummer for 21 years, Our Lady Peace announces that Jeremy Taggart has parted ways with the band.
July 29 – NSYNC releases their third compilation album The Essential *NSYNC, four years after their second.
August 13 – After being with the band for 17 years, guitarist Chris Walla leaves Death Cab for Cutie.
August 18 – Taylor Swift releases her hit single Shake It Off, lead single for her upcoming album 1989.
August 24 – The 31st Annual MTV Video Music Awards take place in Inglewood, California. Beyoncé wins 4 awards that night and also received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, presented to her by her husband Jay Z and her daughter Blue Ivy following her 16-minute performance to close the show.
September 16 – Chris Brown comes back with the release of his sixth studio album X and for the sixth time makes the top 10.
September 30 – Finch releases Back to Oblivion, their first studio album in nine years, following a series of disbandings and reunions.
October 20 – Gwen Stefani releases her comeback single as a solo artist, “Baby Don’t Lie”.
October 21 – Slipknot released their first album in six years, .5: The Gray Chapter.
October 27
Taylor Swift releases her fifth studio album, 1989, which debuts at number one with 1,287,000 copies sold in its first week. This is the highest debut sales week for an artist since Eminem’s 2002 album The Eminem Show and the second highest debut for a female artist, behind Britney Spears’ album Oops!… I Did It Again (2000).
Cimorelli comes back once again with the release of their fifth EP Renegade.
November 10 – Taylor Swift releases 2nd single “Blank Space” from her successful album 1989. “Blank Space” reached number one in November, ending the run of Swift’s own “Shake It Off”. In doing so, Swift became the first female artist in the history of the Hot 100, and tenth act overall, to replace herself at the top of the chart. With “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space”, Swift was also the only artist to notch multiple number-ones in 2014.
November 23 – The 2014 American Music Awards took place in Los Angeles, California. Winners included Iggy Azalea, One Direction, Katy Perry, among others.
November 24 – Cimorelli releases their sixth EP Christmas Magic.
December 15 – TLC releases their first single in nine years called “Gift Wrapped Kiss”.
December 16 – Craig Wayne Boyd is crowned winner of the 7th season of The Voice, with Matt McAndrew, Chris Jamison and Damien finishing runner-up, third place and fourth place respectively.

Tuesday 6pm ET: MaxMusic 21st Century – 2012

7 – Katy Perry’s single “The One That Got Away” reaches #1 on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart, making her album, Teenage Dream, the first album in history to have seven songs from the same album reach #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. It is also only the third album in history to have six singles from the same album reach the top five on the Billboard Hot 100.
20 – Etta James dies of leukemia at age 73.
4 – Adele’s single “Set Fire to the Rain” reaches #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making her album, 21, the first album in history to have three #1 songs from the same album by a British female artist.
February 5 – During Super Bowl XLVI Kelly Clarkson performs the “National Anthem” and artists Madonna, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., and Cee Lo Green perform at the halftime show. The twelve-minute performance becomes the most watched television event of all time, gathering a record 118 million viewers, six more than the game itself. Subsequently, “Give Me All Your Luvin'” becomes Madonna’s 38th top ten hit and her 41st #1 hit on the dance charts.
11 – Pop icon Whitney Houston is found dead at the age of 48 in her Los Angeles hotel room hours before a pre-Grammy party hosted by Clive Davis. Further investigations reveal cocaine in her system, but the cause of death is ruled as heart disease and drowning. Sales of her albums spike, and “I Will Always Love You” re-enters the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.
12 – Adele wins six Grammy awards for her album 21, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year. Bon Iver wins Best New Artist. Kanye West and the Foo Fighters swept in their respective categories, with Kanye winning 4 Grammys and the Foo Fighters taking 5.
28 – Terrorizer released her first album in six years, Hordes of Zombies.
28 – Corrosion of Conformity released her first album in seven years, Corrosion of Conformity.
29 – Davy Jones of the band The Monkees dies in Florida after suffering a severe heart attack at the age of 66.
3 – Adele becomes the first female artist to have three singles in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time, and the first female artist to have two albums in the top five of the Billboard 200 and two singles in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously.
Katy Perry’s single “Part of Me” debuts at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming only the 20th song in history to debut atop the chart. It is her seventh consecutive top five single on the chart.
26 – Madonna releases her twelfth studio album MDNA, which becomes her eighth #1 album on the Billboard 200, debuting with 359,000 copies sold in the second week.
March 26 – Joan Osborne released her first album in ten years, Bring It On Home.
1 – The Academy of Country Music Awards took place in Las Vegas. This was the last year Reba McEntire hosted until 2018.
4 – Justin Bieber’s single, “Boyfriend”, has the second-highest first week sales of a new single, debuting at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, later on surpassed by Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” with 623,000 sales making Bieber the third highest first week sale.
10 – Counting Crows released their first album in four years, Underwater Sunshine (or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation).
26 – Chiodos’ original lead singer, Craig Owens, rejoins the band after being let go in September 2009, replacing Brandon Bolmer, who departed Chiodos in March.
28 – Gotye became the first Belgian-Australian solo artist to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Somebody That I Used To Know”.
29 – Kevin Richardson rejoined the Backstreet Boys permanently, after roughly six years of departure.
1 – Pennywise releases All or Nothing, their first album to feature Ignite singer Zoli Téglás on lead vocals, following the August 2009 departure of original lead singer Jim Lindberg.
4 – Rapper Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys dies of cancer at the age of 47.
8 – Jermaine Paul wins the second season of the The Voice.
15 – Garbage released her first album in seven years, Not Your Kind of People.
Tenacious D released her first album in six years, Rize of the Fenix.
17 – Donna Summer dies of cancer at age 63.
20 – The Billboard Music Awards took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
23 – Phillip Phillips is crowned winner of American Idol (season 11) while Jessica Sanchez is named the runner-up.
29 – Doc Watson dies after complications from abdominal surgery at age 89.
15 – Justin Bieber tops the charts and goes platinum for the fourth time after the release of his third studio album Believe.
29 – Chris Brown goes to number 1 on the charts a second time after the release of his fifth studio album Fortune.
1 – No Use for a Name frontman Tony Sly dies at the age of 41 of a drug overdose.
Snoop Dogg officially changes his name to Snoop Lion.
2 – Blink-182 celebrate their 20th anniversary as a band with a worldwide tour simply called 20th Anniversary Tour.
4 – Ministry reunited at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany.
7 – Sixpence None the Richer released their first album in four years, Lost in Transition.
9 – The Monkees announce that Michael Nesmith rejoined the band for a twelve city tour of the U.S..
12 – Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” peaks at No. 2, becoming her ninth and final Top 10 single from the Teenage Dream era.
28 – TobyMac debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with his sixth full-length studio album Eye on It. The album was the first Christian release since 1997 to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
4 – Matchbox Twenty released their first album in ten years, North.
6 – The MTV Video Music Awards took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
11 – DMX released her first album in six years, Undisputed.
21 – Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day gets angry at the iHeartRadio Festival for the tour promoters cutting their performance short to extend time for Usher’s performance, then says lots of F Bombs, then smashes guitar and enters rehab the next day.
25 – No Doubt released her first album in eleven years, Push and Shove.
22 – Taylor Swift released her anticipated album, Red. The album sold 1,208,000 copies in its first week in the U.S, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, the second highest debut for a female artist.
30 – The Coup released her first album in six years, Sorry to Bother You.
1 – The CMA Awards took place at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
13 – The Weeknd releases Trilogy, a compilation album of 3 mixtapes: House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence, all released in 2011.
19 – Rihanna released her new album Unapologetic, scoring her first #1 album on the US charts.
8 – Cassadee Pope wins the third season of the The Voice.

Tuesday 6pm ET: MaxMusic 21st Century – 2011

January 24 – Original Adema vocalist Mark Chavez leaves the band for the second time.
January 29 – Britney Spears’s Hold It Against Me debuted at #1 on US Billboard Hot 100, making Spears the second artist to have more than one single to debut at no. 1, behind Mariah Carey. She also being the third female artist, behind Cher, Madonna and Janet Jackson to top the Hot 100 in three decades, as well as the seventh artist overall.
February 11 – Lady Gaga releases Born This Way the first single off her new album of the same name. It became the fastest iTunes single at the time. It later went on to remain number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 6 consecutive weeks
February 14 – Justin Bieber tops the chart and goes platinum for the second time after the release of his second remix album Never Say Never: The Remixes
March 11 – Kyuss begins their reunion tour in Europe under the moniker Kyuss Lives.
March 15 – Former rapper Nate Dogg dies at age 41 from strokes
March 15 – As Blood Runs Black released her first album in five years, Instinct.
March 18 – Chris Brown tops the charts for the first time ever after the release of his fourth studio album F.A.M.E.
April 3 – LCD Soundsystem plays its final show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
May 10 – System of a Down began their first tour in 5 years in Edmonton.
May 12 – Katy Perry, with her fourth single from Teenage Dream, “E.T.”, becomes the only artist in history to spend 52 consecutive weeks in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.
May 12 – Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour ends. It grossed over $250 million.
May 23 – Lady Gaga releases her sophomore album, Born This Way. It sold 524,000 copies on its first day, and one million copies on its first week, making Gaga the first person to do that.
May 25 – Scotty McCreery is crowned winner of “American Idol”. Lauren Alaina is runner-up.
June 18- Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen’s longtime saxophonist for the E Street Band dies at the age of 69.
July 17 – Illinois rock band Cheap Trick is unharmed after a stage collapses during a performance at the Cisco Bluesfest in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
July 19 – Cold released her first album in six years, Superfiction.
August 8 – Well-known hip-hop stars JAY Z and Kanye West release their highly anticipated collaboration album, Watch the Throne.
August 15 – Blink-182 start their 20th Anniversary Tour. The tour visited Canada in 2011, the United States and Europe in 2012 and Australia in 2013.
August 27 – “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” by Katy Perry becomes the fifth single from the album Teenage Dream to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, tying Michael Jackson’s record for the most singles from one album to do so. She is the second artist and only woman in history to achieve this.
August 29 – Red Hot Chili Peppers released her first album in five years, I’m with You.
September 2 – It was announced that drummer Mike Pedicone was kicked out of My Chemical Romance due to Pedicone stealing from the band. No charges were pressed.
September 17 – With Katy Perry’s fifth single from Teenage Dream, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”, she completed 69 consecutive weeks inside the top ten, more than any artist in history.
September 21 – Rock And Roll hall of famers R.E.M. disband after 31 years together. They played their last show in 2008.[8]
September 24 – “I Wanna Go” by Britney Spears became Spears’s 21 top-forty single, the third-highest female total since her first week on the chart on November 21, 1998, and only behind Taylor Swift with 27 and Rihanna with 22. It also broke the record for longest duration between the first and last # 1 on the pop chart.
September 27 – Blink-182 release their sixth studio album Neighborhoods. This is the first album they recorded together since their indefinite hiatus in 2005. It debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200.
October 24 – Kelly Clarkson released her first album in two years, Stronger.
November 1 – For the third time, Justin Bieber tops the charts and goes platinum with his first Christmas album/second studio album Under the Mistletoe.
November 7 – David Lynch released his first album in ten years, Crazy Clown Time.
December 6 – Korn’s tenth studio album, The Path of Totality, debuts at number 10 on the Billboard 200 with 55,000 copies sold in its first week. This album marks the beginning of a new direction for nu metal, with artists like Skrillex and many more contributing to the album with dub step and more electronic sounds. Cimorelli also releases their second EP The CimFam EP
December 6 – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones released her first album in two years, The Magic of Youth.

Monday 6pm ET: MaxMusic 21st Century – 2010

January 1
Frontman Chris Cornell announces the reunion of Soundgarden.
Drummer Travis Barker announces that the Transplants would reunite for a new album and tour.
January 7 – Lady Gaga becomes the first artist in the survey’s 17-year history to send her first five singles to number one on the Billboard Pop Songs chart with her single “Bad Romance”.
January 8 – The 75-year anniversary of the birth of Elvis Presley.
January 11 – System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian makes a Twitter entry: “Are u guys ready for System???”, which led to speculation of a reunion. However, weeks later, frontman Serj Tankian stated that System of a Down’s hiatus is not over yet while adding: “We always have offers to play, from festivals and stuff, but we have not decided to do anything as of yet”.
January 13 – R&B Soul legend Teddy Pendergrass dies at age 59.
January 18 – The surviving members of Sublime settle their lawsuit over use of the band’s name. The new version of Sublime (featuring Rome Ramirez, Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh) now performs together as Sublime with Rome.
January 19 – The Swell Season at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
January 22 – Hope for Haiti Now telethon. Featuring performances from Wyclef Jean, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, Sting, Alicia Keys, Dave Matthews, Neil Young, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Emeline Michel, Keith Urban, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Coldplay, Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z, and Rihanna.
January 27 – Hope for Haiti Now becomes the first digital-only album to top Billboard 200 albums chart and the largest pre-order album on iTunes until broken in 2012 by Madonna’s album MDNA. The album sold 171,000 copies in two days of release and since then became available on and Rhapsody.
January 25 – NSYNC releases their second compilation album, The Collection.
January 26 – The Backstreet Boys release their second compilation album, Playlist: The Very Best of Backstreet Boys.
January 29
The Red Hot Chili Peppers make their live comeback with new guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer, paying tribute to Neil Young at MusiCares.
R&B Singer R. Kelly performs at the Lugogo Cricket Oval in Kampala, Uganda.
January 31
The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards are held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Beyoncé breaks a record, winning 6 Grammys in one night, including Song of The Year for “Single Ladies (Put A Ring on It)”. Taylor Swift wins 4 Grammys, including Album of The Year for Fearless. At just 20 years old Swift became the youngest ever winner of Album of the Year.
It was announced, within 6 months after the death of Michael Jackson, sales increased 75%, to 57.5 million records
February 4 – Justice Jacobson ruled Larrikin’s copyright had been infringed because the Men at Work song “Down Under” reproduced “a substantial part of “Kookaburra””.
February 6 – Beyoncé played to a sold out crowd of 60,000 people in São Paulo, Brazil at Morumbi Stadium.
February 12 – The remake of the 1985 song “We Are The World” for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake debuts during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
February 14 – Doug Fieger, frontman of The Knack, dies of cancer at the age of 57.
February 16 – Zoli Téglás (of Ignite) officially becomes the new singer of Pennywise, replacing Jim Lindberg who left last August.
February 18 – The charity single “We Are the World 25 for Haiti” debuted at No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with 267,000 digital downloads and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart.
March 2 – Rapper Lil Wayne’s scheduled prison sentence was delayed due to a fire in the court.
March 11 – 311 holds annual 311 Day concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The band played four sets, consisting of 60 songs total, in a total time of five hours.
March 15
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, NYC.
Lady Gaga becomes the first artist in the survey’s 17-year history to send her first six singles to number-one (let alone six consecutive singles) on Billboard Pop Songs chart when her single “Telephone” jumped to number one.
March 17–21 – South By South West Festival takes place in Austin, Texas.
March 18 – Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” reaches No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her sixth no. 1 tying her fifth among females to reach no. 1 in the US, and making her the female with the most no. 1 singles since 2000.
March 20 – Jughead’s Revenge perform their first reunion show at the Scotland Yard Pub in Canoga Park, California.
April 1 – Canadian teen pop/R&B singer Justin Bieber debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 after the release of his latter debut studio album My World 2.0. At the age of sixteen makes him the youngest solo male act to top the chart since 1963 when Stevie Wonder did with The 12 Year Old Genius, and the first artist to occupy two top five spots on the chart since Nelly in 2004. With the album, Bieber also became the second youngest artist overall to achieve the number one, only being beaten out by a fifteen-year-old Miley Cyrus in 2008 with Breakout.
April 14 – Type O Negative singer and bassist Peter Steele dies of heart failure at age 48.
April 15 – Media reported that Latin star Luis Miguel was hospitalized at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. The cause of the hospitalization was not disclosed.
April 16–18 – The 11th Annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival took place in Indio, California.
April 18 – The 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards took place. Carrie Underwood became the first female in history to win Entertainer of the Year twice, as well as consecutively.
April 19 – Gangstarr emcee Guru (rapper) suffered a heart attack, went into a coma, and died at age 48.
April 20 – Sublime with Rome, the new version of the defunct ska punk band with the same name, began their first world tour together, with possible new material to follow.
April 25 – The Earth Day Global Day of Celebration celebrated the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970.

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.

Monday 6pm ET: MaxMusic 21st Century – 2008 (Part 2)

July 3 – Opening of the O2 Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, London, UK.
July 5 – Staatsminister Rainer Robra and Halberstadt Oberbürgermeister Andreas Henke preside as the notes A♭ and C are added in the sixth sound change of the performance of John Cage’s Organ/ASLSP (As SLow aS Possible) that began on 5 September 2001 and is to conclude on 5 September 2640, in Halberstadt, Germany.
July 23–26 – The 2008 10,000 Lakes Festival is held.
July 24–28 – The Fifth International Symposium of throat-singing, “Khoomei—Cultural Phenomenon of the Peoples of Central Asia” is held in Tuva.
August 1–3 – The Lollapalooza music festival takes place in Chicago, Illinois, US.
August 8 – Chen Qigang is director of music for the 2008 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing. A minor scandal ensues when it is revealed that Lin Miaoke, the performer of “Ode to the Motherland”, was miming to a recording by another girl, Yang Peiyi.
August 10 – Jimmy Dean and Eddie Fisher celebrate their 80th birthdays.
August 12–18 – Sziget Festival 2008 takes place in Budapest, Hungary.
August 13 – Jeff Singer quits Paradise Lost.
August 19 – LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of Dave Matthews Band, dies from complications from an ATV accident suffered earlier in the summer.
August 22 – Coke Live Music Festival opens in Poland, headlined by artists Sean Paul, Timbaland, and The Prodigy.
August 23
Madonna starts her Sticky & Sweet Tour which is set to become the highest-grossing tour for both a female and solo artist.
Michael Nicklasson quits Dark Tranquility.
August 30
Filipino rock band Eraserheads hold their one-night-only reunion concert in the Fort open field, their first concert since 2001. After the 20-minute break, vocalist Ely Buendia is rushed to the hospital because of chest pain due to emotional stress.
American Idol Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta’s debut single “Crush” scores the highest debut of a song on the Billboard Hot 100 by an American Idol finalist not performed on the show. The track opened at No. 2 after selling 166,000 downloads in its first week of release.
August 31 – Chrome Division fires Eddie Guz.
September 6 – Six members of The Specials re-unite at the Bestival as a ‘Surprise Act’. They use the name “Terry Hall and Friends”, because Jerry Dammers, who owns the band’s name, did not participate.
September 7 – The 2008 MTV Video Music Awards are presented at Paramount Studios, Hollywood. Britney Spears’ wins Video of the Year, Best Pop Video, and Best Female Video for “Piece of Me”. Christina Aguilera also made her return to music since giving birth to her first child with the debut of her single Keeps Gettin’ Better.
September 9 – Jessica Simpson releases her first album in two years, Do You Know, her first country album. It goes straight in at No. 1 in the Billboard Country Charts and at No. 4 in the Billboard 200 with sales of 65,000.
September 10 – The 22nd Annual ARIA Music Awards are held in Sydney, Australia, recognizing Australian music in 2008. Dance-punk group The Presets win Album of the Year.
September 11 – Christian Älvestam leaves Scar Symmetry.
September 12 – Season 4 of the Finnish talent contest, Idols, begins.
September 15 – Kris Drever, John McCusker and Roddy Woomble release Before the Ruin.
September 18
Soilwork hires former member, Peter Wichers, to replace Daniel Antonsson, who is fired.
Ben Folds Five play a sold out reunion show in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, performing the entirety of their 1999 album The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, that was filmed for DVD and web release by MySpace in benefit for Operation Smile
Crystal Castles play their biggest headline show to date, at Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.
September 19 – “Only by the Night” the fourth studio album by American alternative rock band Kings of Leon, released worldwide in September 2008. – Travis Barker and Adam Goldstein (DJ AM) survive a plane crash that claims four lives.
September 20 – P!nk scores her first solo number-one hit in her native US, with “So What”.
September 21
At the Gates play their final show.
The Eric Burdon show in Oklahoma is cancelled due to his health problems.
September 24 – Within Temptation release the Black Symphony DVD, featuring the Metropole Orchestra and guest musicians.
September 25 – Paul McCartney performs at Tel Aviv park, his first performance in Israel since The Beatles were banned from the country in 1965.
October 1 – Tina Turner leaves semi-retirement to embark on her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour, which grosses over US $130 million.
October 5 – Stephanie Jeong wins the Second Prize (no First Prize is awarded) in the Premio Paganini international violin competition in Genoa.
October 7 – Spotify on-demand music streaming service launches in Sweden.
October 10 – The Fourth Waakirchener Zither Festival takes place in Waakirchen, Bavaria.
October 12 – Opening of the VII Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra, in Rome and the Vatican City (until November 30).
October 16 – Britney Spears sets a new record for the biggest jump to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, rising from number 96 to number one in just one week, with her single “Womanizer”. It is Spears’ first American number one since her debut single “…Baby One More Time”. (The record is subsequently broken by Kelly Clarkson). It also garners first-week download sales of 286,000, the biggest opening-week tally by a female artist.
October 18 – Rihanna scores her fifth number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 (as a featured artist on T.I.’s “Live Your Life”, which follows “SOS”, “Umbrella”, “Take a Bow”, and “Disturbia”), becoming the leading solo female artist with the most number ones to have charted in this decade until Beyoncé Knowles breaks her record (as a solo artist).
November 1–9 – The Southbank Centre in London, UK presents “Klang: A Tribute to Stockhausen”, a festival curated by Oliver Knussen, with a series of concerts focusing on works from the composer’s last decade, including the world premieres of Urantia and Zodiac for Orchestra, as well as late-night performances, lectures, and master classes.
November 2 – The Fauxharmonic Orchestra loses in its debut confrontation with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra in a Bargemusic concert.
November 4 – Bhimsen Joshi is selected to receive the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour.
November 6 – Michael Tilson Thomas makes his Philadelphia Orchestra subscription-concert conducting debut.
November 17 – Korean violinist Hyun-Su Shin wins First Prize in the Jacques Thibaud International Violin Competition in Paris
November 23 – 13 years after his disappearance, Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards is declared dead in absentia.
November 24 – The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra announces the appointment of Pinchas Zukerman as principal guest conductor, to begin in January 2009.
December 9 – Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon say that Blur will reunite for a concert at Hyde Park on July 3, 2009. Tickets for the concert sell out within two minutes of release, and Blur announce another date on July 2, 2009.
December 11 – Elliott Carter celebrates his 100th birthday.
December 13 – Beyoncé Knowles scores her fifth number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”, which followed “Crazy in Love”, “Baby Boy”, “Check on It”, and “Irreplaceable”, tying with Rihanna as the leading solo female artist with the most number ones to have charted in this decade.
December 22 – Live Nation announce that Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour is the highest-grossing tour for a solo artist, with US$280 million in ticket sales and 2,350,282 fans attending the 58 shows during the three-leg tour across Europe and the Americas

Monday 6pm ET: MaxMusic 21st Century – 2008 (Part 1)

January 1 – Julia Fischer makes her début as a concert pianist, performing Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie at the Alte Oper, Frankfurt. The concert was conducted by Matthias Pintscher, who replaced Sir Neville Marriner. On the same occasion she also performed the Violin Concerto no. 3 in B minor by Camille Saint-Saëns.
January 5 – The Salzburg Festival launches the “Herbert von Karajan Jubilee Year” with a concert in Salzburg’s Grosses Festspielhaus.
January 29
Face to Face announce that they will reunite for select shows in the US and internationally.
Rage Against the Machine headline the Big Day Out festivals in Australia and New Zealand, their first shows outside the United States since reforming, and their first Australian shows in 12 years.
January 31 – Laura Attwood of the King Edward VI School in Morpeth wins the second Eileen Bowler Award.
February 8 – Michael Jackson’s Thriller album, the world’s best-selling album of all time, is reissued as Thriller 25 to celebrate its 25th anniversary, with Jackson himself as executive producer.
February 10 – The 50th Grammy Awards ceremony takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, US.
February 19 – System of a Down guitarist, Daron Malakian, tells that the band is not likely to reform as he will be concentrating on his new project Scars on Broadway.
February 20–25 – Viña del Mar International Song Festival is held in Chile.
February 23 – March 3 – The second annual Soundwave festival is held in Australia.
February 26 – The Return of the Spice Girls tour comes to a close in Toronto.
March 6–9 – The 2008 Langerado Music Festival is held on the Big Cypress Indian Reservation in southern Florida.
March 7 – The Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2008 takes place in Indonesia.
March 7–16 – The 2008 South by Southwest Conference and Festival is held in Austin, Texas, US.
March 11 – Jazz musician and broadcaster Humphrey Lyttelton announces his retirement from presenting BBC Radio 2’s jazz programme after forty years.
March 25–29 – Miami Winter Music Conference.
March 31 – theJazz radio station stops broadcasting.
April 1 – Scott Weiland’s departure from rock band Velvet Revolver becomes official. His reunion with his former band, Stone Temple Pilots, and tensions between him and the rest of Velvet Revolver, led to his departure.
April 5
The reunited Face to Face perform together for the first time in four-and-a-half-years at The Bamboozle Left in Irvine, California, US.
Leona Lewis single “Bleeding Love” reached number 1 in 35 countries and became the first song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart by a female British solo artist in 20 years since Kim Wilde did with “You Keep Me Hangin On” back in 1987. Her single was later proclaimed as the best selling single of 2008 worldwide and Lewis was named Top New Artist by Billboard.
April 12 – “Touch My Body” becomes Mariah Carey’s 18th number 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, putting her into second place among artists with the most number 1 singles in the rock era, and first place as a solo artist, surpassing Elvis Presley.
April 15 – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa officially proclaims Mariah Carey Day in Los Angeles, California, US.
April 22 – Andrey Baranov of Russia wins First Prize in the Second Benjamin Britten International Violin Competition in London.
May 3 – The sixth annual The Bamboozle festival opens at the Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, New Jersey, US.
May 10–11 – The Give It A Name 2008 festival is held at Earls Court, London, UK.
May 14 – The “Spirit of Change” Gospel Choir celebrates its tenth anniversary with the 20th Zündorfer Gospelnacht concert in the Catholic Parish Church of St. Mariae Geburt, in Zündorf.
May 21 – David Cook defeats David Archuleta to win season 7 of American Idol, in a contest decided by 97.5 million votes, a record for the show.
May 24 – 43 countries compete in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest final in Belgrade, Serbia, including newcomers San Marino and Azerbaijan. The contest is won by Russia, with Believe by Dima Bilan.
May 24–26 – The Sasquatch! Music Festival is held over Memorial Day weekend at The Gorge Amphitheatre in central Washington, US.
May 25 – The Slovak preliminary round of the first Bluegrass competition (toward the annual Czech Festival Banjo Jamboree) is held in Hviezdoslavovo námestie, Bratislava.
May 30 – June 1
Rock In Rio Lisboa 2008 takes place in Parque da Bela Vista, Chelas, Lisbon, Portugal, continuing on June 5–6.
The fourth annual Mountain Jam Festival is held in Hunter Mountain, New York, US.