2015 in Music

Events in Music

  • Feb 5 70s British rock star Gary Glitter is convicted of sexual child abuse charges in London
  • Feb 8 57th Grammy Awards: Best Song "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith, Best Album "Morning Phase" by Beck

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Feb 25 BRIT Awards: Best Single "Uptown Funk", Best Album "X" by Ed Sheeran

Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Singer-Songwriter
Ed Sheeran

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Mar 10 The family of Marvin Gaye win a record $7.3 million lawsuit for music copyright infringement against Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I.

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Mar 25 British musician Zayn Malik announces he is leaving the band One Direction

Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Singer-songwriter
Zayn Malik
Singer Harry Styles
Singer
Harry Styles

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Apr 17 Jazz composer and musician John Coltrane is awarded a posthumous Special Citation by the Pulitzer Prize board

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Apr 18 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Green Day, Bill Withers, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the 5 Royales

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Apr 19 50th Academy of Country Music Awards: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Miranda Lambert win
  • May 17 "Blurryface," 4th studio album by Twenty One Pilots is released (1st album ever to have every track gold-certified)

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 17 24th Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift wins top artist & 7 other awards

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift

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May 21 Flavor Flav is arrested near Las Vegas on charges including speeding and driving under the influence

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 22 Daniel Johns releases “Talk”, his debut album as a solo artist

Musician Daniel Johns
Musician
Daniel Johns
  • May 23 60th Eurovision Song Contest: Mans Zelmerlow for Sweden wins singing "Heroes" in Vienna

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Jun 30 Misty Copeland becomes the 1st African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre

Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland
Ballet Dancer
Misty Copeland

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Jul 15 Robbie Williams announces he is returning to boy band Take That

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Aug 30 Rap artist Kanye West announces he will run for President in 2020 at the MTV Video Music Awards

Rapper Kanye West
Rapper
Kanye West

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Oct 8 Actress and singer Selena Gomez reveals she has Lupus

Singer and Actress Selena Gomez
Singer and Actress
Selena Gomez

Music releaseMusic Single

Oct 23 Adele releases her single "Hello" - becomes 1st song with more than a million downloads in 1st week (1.1m)

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter
Adele

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Nov 4 Katy Perry is the highest paid musician of the year earning 135 million, according to Forbes Magazine

Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry

Music releaseMusic Single

Nov 9 "Love Yourself" single released by Justin Bieber (Billboard Song of the Year 2016, Grammy Song of the Year)

Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber
  • Nov 20 "25" 3rd studio album by Adele is released (Grammy Award for Album of the Year 2017, 2016 Billboard Album of the Year)

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 14 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Harrison Ford has its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles


Weddings in Music

  • Jan 1 Singer-songwriter Ben Harper (45) weds social advocate Jaclyn Matfus

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 5 Actress Cameron Diaz (42) weds Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden (35) in Beverly Hills, California

Actress Cameron Diaz
Actress
Cameron Diaz
  • Feb 14 Actor Benedict Cumberbatch (38) weds opera director Sophie Hunter (36) at the 12th century Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Mottistone, England
  • Mar 21 Country music singer Jason Aldean (38) weds former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr (27) in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
  • Mar 21 Country music star Randy Travis (55) weds longtime girlfriend Mary Davis in Texas
  • Apr 25 Heart's lead singer Ann Wilson (64) weds multi-generational community developer Dean Wetter in her manager's California backyard
  • May 2 Actress and singer Amy Adams (40) weds longtime love Darren Le Gallo in California

HeartWedding of Interest

May 15 Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell (42) weds F1 racing team boss Christian Horner (41) in Bedfordshire, England

Singer Geri Horner
Singer
Geri Horner
  • May 16 Glee singer/actress Heather Morris (28) weds high school sweetheart Taylor Hubbell at Old Canyon Ranch in Topanga, California
  • Jun 9 Actress and singer Aly Michalka (26) weds film producer Stephen Ringer at Belmond Hotel Splendido in Portofino, Italy
  • Jun 18 Dancing with the Stars pro dancer Lindsay Arnold (21) weds highschool sweetheart Samuel Lightner Cusick in Salt Lake City
  • Jul 4 Actress and singer Vanessa Williams (52) weds Jim Skrip in Buffalo, New York

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 4 Music legend Billy Joel (66) weds equestrian Alexis Roderick (33) in Long Island

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • Jul 11 Professional dancer Kevin Clifton (33) weds fellow dancer Karen Hauer (33) at One Great George Street in Westminster
  • Jul 11 Singer Peter Andre (42) weds Emily MacDonagh at Mamhead House in Exeter
  • Aug 17 Boyzone lead singer Ronan Keating (38) weds model Storm Uechtritz in East Lothian, Scotland
  • Aug 19 World famous tenor Russell Watson (48) weds girlfriend Louise Harris in Spain
  • Oct 24 American Idol winner and singer Phillip Phillips (25) weds longtime girlfriend Hannah Blackwell at the Resora Plantation in Albany, Georgia
  • Oct 25 Singer Jason Mraz (38) weds girlfriend Christina Carano at Pole Green Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia
  • Dec 23 Musician Richard Marx (53) weds TV host and model Daisy Fuentes (50) in Aspen, Colorado

Divorces in Music

  • Jul 20 County singers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert divorce after 4 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 3 Singer Gwen Stefani and musician Gavin Rossdale announce their intention to divorce after nearly 13 years of marriage

Singer Gwen Stefani
Singer
Gwen Stefani

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 1 Jeff Golub, American jazz guitarist (Avenue Blue, Rod Stewart), dies of a rare brain disease at 59
  • Jan 2 [Little] Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 94
  • Jan 8 Andraé Crouch, American gospel singer (The Color Purple, The Lion King), dies at 72
  • Jan 8 Curtis Lee, American singer (Pretty Little Angel Eyes), dies at 75
  • Jan 8 Virginia "Patsy" Garrett, American singer and actress (Nanny & the Professor, Fred Waring's Pleasure Time), dies at 93
  • Jan 10 Timothy Lee Drummond, American musician, dies at 74
  • Jan 12 Clifford Adams, American trombone player, dies at 62
  • Jan 13 Trevor Leonard Ward-Davies 'Dozy', English musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), dies at 70
  • Jan 15 Kim Fowley, US record producer (the Runaways), dies at 75
  • Jan 18 Dallas Taylor, American session drummer (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Clear Light), dies of complications from pneumonia and kidney disease at 66
  • Jan 20 Edgar Froese, German musician (Tangerine Dream), dies at 70
  • Jan 25 Demis Roussos, Greek singer and performer (Aphrodite's Child), dies from an undisclosed illness at 68
  • Jan 28 Louise Lopez, American singer (Odyssey), dies at 81
  • Jan 29 Rodney "Rod" McKuen, American poet, singer-songwriter and actor (Jean, Alone, Beatsville), dies at 81
  • Jan 30 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, dies at 88
  • Jan 31 Don Covay [Donald Randolph], American R & B musician and songwriter (Chain of Fools), dies at 78
  • Feb 12 Steve Strange [Steven Harrington] pop singer (Visage) and nightclub host, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Feb 13 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, dies at 75
  • Feb 16 Lesley Gore, American singer (It's My Party, You Don't Own Me), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • Feb 21 Clark Terry, US jazz trumpeter, dies at 94
  • Mar 1 Orrin Keepnews, American Jazz record label executive and producer (Riverside records), dies at 91
  • Mar 8 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat and Tears), dies at 71
  • Mar 13 Daevid Allen [Christopher David], Australian musician and performance artist (Soft Machine, Gong), dies of cancer at 77
  • Mar 15 Michael "Mike" Porcaro, American rock bassist affiliated with Toto (Stranger In Town), dies from Lou Gehrig’s disease at 59
  • Mar 16 Andy Fraser, English bass guitarist (Free), dies at 62
  • Mar 19 Michael Brown, American musician and songwriter (Don't Walk Away Renee), dies at 65
  • Mar 21 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, dies at 74
  • Mar 26 John Renbourn, English folk guitarist and songwriter (Pentangle), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Apr 1 Dave Ball, English guitarist (Procul Harum), dies of cancer at 65
  • Apr 1 Cynthia Lennon [nee Powell], wife of Beatle John Lennon, dies of cancer at 75
  • Apr 2 Doug Sax, American mastering engineer (Bob Dylan, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Ray Charles), dies of cancer at 78
  • Apr 30 Ben E. King [Benjamin Earl Nelson], American soul singer (Stand by Me), dies at 76
  • May 1 Grace Lee Whitney, American singer and actress (Yeoman Rand-Star Trek), dies at 85
  • May 2 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian Ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), dies at 89
  • May 2 Guy Carawan, American folk singer and folklorist (We Shall Overcome") dies at 87
  • May 5 Craig Gruber, American rock bassist (Rainbow), dies of cancer at 63
  • May 6 Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing), dies at 71

Person of interestB.B. King

May 14 B.B. King, American Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, dies at 89

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • May 17 Lionel Pickens "Chinx", American rapper (Coke Boys), dies in a drive-by shooting at 31
  • May 21 Louis Johnson, American bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), dies at 60
  • Jun 1 Jean Ritchie, American folk singer, dies at 92
  • Jun 2 Paul Karolyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 6 Ronnie Gilbert, American folk singer (The Weavers), dies at 88
  • Jun 9 James Last, German-born composer and big band leader, dies at 86
  • Jun 11 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Free Jazz), dies at 85
  • Jun 11 Ron Moody [Ronald Moodnick], British composer, singer and actor (12 Chairs, Oliver!), dies at 91
  • Jun 11 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), dies at 81
  • Jun 12 Ernest Tomlinson, English composer (Light music), dies at 90
  • Jun 12 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), dies at 93
  • Jun 13 MC Supreme [Dewayne Lawrence Coleman], rapper (Black in America), dies in a car accident at 47
  • Jun 15 Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, dies at 72
  • Jun 21 Gunther Schuller, American hornist and jazz composer (1994 Pulitzer Prize), dies at 89
  • Jun 22 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic, Apollo 13, Casper), dies in a plane crash at 61
  • Jun 23 Magali Noël [Guiffray], French actress and singer, dies at 83
  • Jun 27 Chris Squire, English rock bassist (Yes), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jul 1 Val Doonican [Michael Valentine], Irish singer and entertainer, dies at 88
  • Jul 10 Jon [Jonathan Stewart] Vickers, Canadian operatic tenor, dies at 88
  • Jul 15 Howard Rumsey, American jazz musician (Lighthouse Cafe), dies at 97
  • Jul 19 Van Alexander, American composer and band leader (A-Tisket, A-Tasket), dies at 100
  • Jul 21 Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American folk singer and actor (The Russians Are Coming), dies at 91
  • Jul 30 Lynn Anderson, American country singer (I Never Promised you a Rose Garden), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Aug 2 Cilla Black, English pop singer and TV host (Blind Date), dies at 72
  • Aug 14 [Donald William] Bob Johnston, American music producer (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash), dies at 83
  • Aug 15 Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham, Snow Patrol), dies at 71
  • Aug 18 Roger Smalley, British-Australian composer, dies at 72
  • Sep 2 Donny Conn, American musician (The Playmates), dies at 85
  • Sep 4 Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez, Jamaican ska trombonist (The Specials), dies at 80
  • Sep 5 [Frederick] Dennis Greene, American singer (Sha Na Na), dies from cancer at 66
  • Sep 13 Gary Richrath, American guitarist and songwriter (REO Speedwagon), dies at 65
  • Sep 17 David Willcocks, English conductor and composer (Kings College choir), dies at 95
  • Sep 28 Frankie Ford [Frank Guzzo], American rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), dies at 76
  • Sep 29 Phil Woods, American Jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 83
  • Oct 3 Dave Pike, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player, dies at 77
  • Oct 6 Billy Joe Royal, American country and pop singer (Down in the Boondocks), dies at 73
  • Oct 8 Jim Diamond, Scottish singer/songwriter (I Should Have Known Better), dies at 64
  • Oct 20 Cory Wells [Emil Lewandowski], American rock vocalist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), dies at 74
  • Oct 20 Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger, dies at 89
  • Oct 24 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish-American actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), dies at 95
  • Nov 9 Andy [Andrew] White, Scottish drummer, drummed on early Beatles records ("Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You"), dies at 85
  • Nov 10 Allen Toussaint [Naomi Neville], American R&B musician & songwriter (Ride Your Pony), dies at 77
  • Nov 10 Robert Craft, American conductor and friend of Stravinsky, dies at 92
  • Nov 11 Philthy Animal [Phil Taylor], English rock drummer (Motörhead), dies from liver failure at 61
  • Nov 19 Armand [Herman van Loenhout], Dutch singer (Blommenkinders), dies at 69
  • Nov 28 Luc Bondy, Swiss theatre and opera director, dies of cancer at 67
  • Nov 29 George Hadjinikos, Greek pianist and conductor, dies at 92
  • Dec 3 Scott Weiland, American musician (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver), dies at 48
  • Dec 8 Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano, dies at 90
  • Dec 8 Bonnie Lou [Mary Joan Okum] American Rockabilly musician, dies at 91
  • Dec 16 Aafje Heynis, Dutch singer (contralto), dies at 91
  • Dec 19 Kurt Masur, German conductor (New York Philharmonic), dies at 88
  • Dec 24 William Guest, American singer (Gladys Knight Show), dies at 74
  • Dec 27 Stevie Wright, British-born Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), dies at 68
  • Dec 28 Lemmy [Ian Fraser Kilmister], British heavy metal musician (Motörhead), dies from terminal illness at 70
  • Dec 28 Paul "Guru" Josh, British musician (Infinity), commits suicide at 51

Person of interestNatalie Cole

Dec 31 Natalie Cole, American vocalist (Pink Cadillac, Miss You Like Crazy), dies at 65

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole