May 2018 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

May 2 Kanye West widely criticized for saying "slavery is a choice" in TMZ interview

Music Single

May 5 Childish Gambino [Donald Glover] releases the music video to new single "This is America" to wide acclaim

Met Gala

May 7 Met Gala 2018 "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination' is hosted by Anna Wintour, Amal Clooney, Donatella Versace and Rihanna wearing a Pope-inspired outfit

Music History

May 10 R. Kelly's songs removed from Spotify playlists after sexual abuse allegations

  • May 12 63rd Eurovision song contest won by Netta from Israel in Lisbon, Portugal

Music History

May 16 American singer-songwriter Paul Simon begins his "Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour" at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Music History

May 16 Painting "Past Times" by Kerry James Marshall is bought by Sean Combs for $21.1 million, most paid for a living African American artist

Album Release

May 18 K-pop boy band BTS release their album "Love Yourself: Tear", sells 135,000 first week

Billboard Music Awards

May 20 25th Billboard Music Awards: Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar win 6 each; Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars also win; K-pop boy band BTS are the first Koreans to perform at the ceremony

Music History

May 27 South Korean boy band BTS are the first K-pop group to top the US Billboard 200 with their album "Love Yourself: Tear"

Deaths in Music

  • May 1 John "Jabo" Starks, American drummer (James Brown, The J.B.'s), dies at 79
  • May 1 Max Berrú, Ecuadorian-Chilean musician, dies at 74
  • May 1 Wanda Wiłkomirska, Polish violinist and teacher, dies at 89
  • May 2 Herman Krebbers, Dutch violinist, concert master, and music teacher, dies at 94
  • May 2 Tony Cucchiara, Italian folk singer and songwriter ("Cain and Abel"), dies at 80
  • May 4 Naser Cheshm Azar, Iranian composer, dies of a heart attack at 67
  • May 4 Steve Coy, British rocker and producer (Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)), dies at 56
  • May 7 Maurane [Claudine Luypaerts], Belgian Francophone jazz and chanson singer, dies at 57
  • May 7 Roman Toi, Estonian-Canadian composer, choral conductor and organist, dies at 101
  • May 11 Scott Hutchinson, Scottish musician (Frightened Rabbit), found dead after a suffering from mental illness at 36
  • May 20 Dieter Schnebel, German experimental composer (Harley-Davidson, for nine motorbikes and trumpet), dies at 88
  • May 25 Piet Kee, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 90
  • May 27 Russell Nype, American singer and actor (The Stuff,;Call Me Madam; Dorothy), dies at 98
  • May 28 María Dolores Pradera, Spanish melodic singer and actress, dies at 93
  • May 29 Rosa Briceño, Venezuelan conductor, and educator, dies of leukemia at 61