On This Day

April 2018 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Apr 9 Fleetwood Mac announce new members Neil Finn and Mike Campbell after firing long-standing member Lindsey Buckingham

Music concertMusic Concert

Apr 14 Beyoncé is the first black woman to headline the Coachella Music Festival, her performance on this day the most-watched performance ever on YouTube

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Apr 14 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Nina Simone; Sister Rosetta Tharpe; Bon Jovi; The Cars; Dire Straits; and Moody Blues

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 16 Kendrick Lamar is the first rapper and non-classical or jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for music with his album "Damn"

Singer-songwriter and Rapper Kendrick Lamar
Singer-songwriter and Rapper
Kendrick Lamar
  • Apr 24 Streaming music services overtake worldwide sales of CDs and vinyl for the first time according to IFPI

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 24 Ed Sheeran's "÷" is the best-selling album of 2017, selling 6.1 million copies, according to IFPI

Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Singer-Songwriter
Ed Sheeran

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 5 Cecil Taylor, American pianist, poet, and one of the pioneers of free jazz, dies at 89
  • Apr 10 Yvonne Staples, American R&B singer (The Staple Sisters), dies at 80
  • Apr 19 Graciela Agudelo, Mexican pianist and avant garde composer (Celebration of Wine ), dies at 72

Person of interestAvicii

Apr 20 Avicii [Tim Bergling], Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer ("Levels"; "Wake Me Up"; "Sunshine"), commits suicide at 28

DJ and Record Producer Avicii
DJ and Record Producer
Avicii
  • Apr 26 Charles Neville, American vocalist & saxophonist (Neville Brothers), dies of pancreatic cancer at 79