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Year 2019 in Music History

Events in Music


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 3 "Surviving R. Kelly" docuseries investigating sexual abuse by R&B singer R. Kelly premieres on Lifetime in the US

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Jan 6 76th Golden Globes: "The Americans", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Green Book", Glenn Close and Rami Malek among the winners

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 10 Lady Gaga apologises for working with R. Kelly in light of docuseries "Surviving R. Kelly"

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga
R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • Jan 12 Missy Eliot is the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 25 Documentary "Leaving Neverland" detailing singer Michael Jackson's relationship with two boys premieres at the Sundance Film Festivval

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Feb 2 American singer R. Kelly arrested after turning himself in on ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, including with three minors
  • Feb 3 Rapper 21 Savage arrested by US immigration for overstaying his visa
  • Feb 6 Davido's 'Fall' becomes longest-charting Nigerian pop song in US Billboard history

Music AwardsGrammy Awards 2019

Feb 10 61st Grammy Awards: Childish Gambino first rapper to win Best Song and Best Record for "This Is America", best album "Golden Hour" Kacey Musgraves
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Cardi B at the 2019 Grammy Awards
Cardi B at the 2019 Grammy Awards
  • Feb 14 Singer Ryan Adams accused of sexual misconduct towards younger upcoming female singers in a report by "The New York Times"
  • Feb 22 Musician Peter Frampton announces he has a degenerative muscular disease and his next tour will be his last
  • Mar 12 K-pop and Big Bang singer Seungri is arrested for procuring prostitutes, retires to fight the charges in South Korea
  • Mar 19 Singer Sam Smith comes out as non-binary in interview on Jameela Jamil’s Instagram show

Music releaseAlbum Release

Mar 29 Singer-songwriter Billie Eilish releases her debut studio album "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?"

Singer-Songwriter Billie Eilish
Singer-Songwriter
Billie Eilish

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 31 Elton John joins George Clooney's call to boycott hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei after Brunei plans new anti-gay laws to make homosexual sex punishable by death

  • Mar 31 Rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle fatally shot outside his clothing store in Los Angeles

  • Apr 13 BTS is the first K-pop band to perform on US TV show "Saturday Night Live"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 15 Aretha Franklin posthumously receives the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor, first individual woman to win it since 1930

Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin

Music releaseAlbum Release

Apr 17 Beyoncé releases a live album of her 2018 Coachella performance on the same day as her Netflix documentary "Homecoming"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 Rihanna announces her new upmarket fashion label Fenty with world's largest luxury group LVMH, their first black female designer

Singer Rihanna
Singer
Rihanna
  • May 16 "Rocketman" film based on life of singer Elton John starring Taron Egerton premieres at the Cannes Film Festival
  • May 19 64th Eurovision Song Contest won by Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands
  • May 30 Singer R. Kelly charged with 11 new counts of sexual assault and abuse in Chicago
  • Jun 3 Jay-Z named the world's first billionaire rapper by Forbes magazine

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 9 73rd Tony Awards: "Hadestown" best musical, "The Ferryman" best play, Bryan Cranston and Elaine May win

  • Jun 9 Ali Stroker becomes the first actress in a wheelchair to win a Tony award for musical "Oklahoma!"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 11 "The New York Times" reveals an estimated 500,000 song titles, including masters of Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, lost in 2008 warehouse fire on Universal backlot in Los Angeles

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Music concertMusic Concert

Jun 30 The Killers headline the Gastonbury Music festival with Kylie Minogue playing the Pyramid stage 14 years after cancer forced her to cancel

Pop Star & Singer Kylie Minogue
Pop Star & Singer
Kylie Minogue

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 10 Taylor Swift named the world's highest paid entertainer by Forbes earning $185 million in 2018

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jul 29 Record for longest run at the top of US singles chart made by country rap single "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X remixed with Billy Ray Cyrus, No. 1 for 17 weeks

Rapper and Singer-Songwriter Lil Nas X
Rapper and Singer-Songwriter
Lil Nas X
Country Singer-Songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus
Country Singer-Songwriter
Billy Ray Cyrus

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 2 Singer songwriter Ed Sheeran's Divide tour becomes the most attended and highest grossing tour of all time overtaking U2 after 893 days on the road

Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Singer-Songwriter
Ed Sheeran
  • Aug 14 American rapper ASAP Rocky found guilty of assault in Stockholm and given a suspended sentence

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 9 John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen fire back at Donald Trump on social media after he calls them "boring" and "filthymouthed" in tweets over Criminal Justice Reform

Model and TV Personality Chrissy Teigen
Model and TV Personality
Chrissy Teigen
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
Singer-Songwriter John Legend
Singer-Songwriter
John Legend

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 17 Lana Del Rey's ballad "Video Games" named song of the decade at Q Awards in London

Singer-Songwriter and Model Lana Del Rey
Singer-Songwriter and Model
Lana Del Rey

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 3 Olivia Newton-John's black leather outfit from the film "Grease" sells for $405,700 at auction in Beverly Hills, California

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • Nov 24 Taylor Swift wins six awards at American Music Awards including Artist of the Year and Artist of the Decade
  • Nov 29 K-pop stars Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon sentenced to prison for gang-raping unconscious fans and distributing footage of it (Jung)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 3 Spotify say Drake the most streamed star of the 2010s with 28 billion streams, Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You" most streamed track with 2.4 billion streams

Singer-Songwriter Drake
Singer-Songwriter
Drake
Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Singer-Songwriter
Ed Sheeran
  • Dec 8 Vienna State Opera stages its first show by a female composer in 150 years - Olga Neuwirth’s opera, “Orlando”

Music releaseMusic Single

Dec 16 Mariah Carey's single "All I Want For Christmas Is You" reaches No. 1, 25 years after release

Singer Mariah Carey
Singer
Mariah Carey

Weddings in Music

  • May 1 Actress Sophie Turner (23) and singer Joe Jonas (29) are married by an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas
  • Aug 31 Singer Ellie Goulding (32) marries art dealer Caspar Jopling (27) at York Minister in York, England

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 11 Singer Miley Cyrus and actor Liam Hemsworth announce their separation and intention to divorce

Actress and Singer Miley Cyrus
Actress and Singer
Miley Cyrus
Actor Liam Hemsworth
Actor
Liam Hemsworth

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 7 John Joubert, British South African composer (Chamber Music for brass quintet), dies at 91
  • Jan 8 Patricia McBride Lousada, American ballerina (NYC Ballet Co) and cookbook author, dies at 89
  • Jan 12 Bonnie Guitar [Buckingham], American guitarist, singer and record executive (Dark Moon), dies at 95
  • Jan 15 Carol Channing, American actress, singer and comedian (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), dies at 97
  • Jan 16 Rita Vidaurri, American Ranchera singer, dies at 94
  • Jan 19 Mario Bertoncini, Italian composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 21 Maxine Brown, American country music singer (Browns), dies at 87
  • Jan 23 Oliver Mtukudzi, Zimbabwean singer and musician (Tuku music), dies at 66
  • Jan 26 Michel Legrand, French composer, film arranger and jazz musician (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind), dies at 86
  • Jan 29 James Ingram, American R&B singer-songwriter and musician (Just Once), dies at 66
  • Feb 16 Ken Nordine, American voice-over and recording artist (World Jazz), dies at 98
  • Feb 20 Dominick Argento, American composer (Colonel Jonathan the Saint), dies at 91
  • Feb 21 Peter Tork [Thorkelson], American musician and actor (The Monkees), dies from complications of adenoid cystic carcinoma at 77
  • Feb 21 Peter Michael Braun, German composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 23 Dorothy Masuka, Zimbabwe-born South African jazz singer and activist, dies from complications of a stroke at 83
  • Feb 24 Malcolm "Mac" Wiseman, American bluegrass singer, dies at 93
  • Feb 24 Margaret Scott, South-African ballet dancer and founder (Australian Ballet School), dies at 96
  • Feb 25 Mark Hollis, British synth-pop musician (Talk Talk), dies at 64
  • Feb 28 André Previn, German born American conductor (London Symphony), film scorer (My Fair Lady) and pianist, dies at 89

Person of interestKeith Flint

Mar 4 Keith Flint, English singer, musician and dancer (Prodigy), found dead after committing suicide at 49

Singer and Dancer Keith Flint
Singer and Dancer
Keith Flint
  • Mar 11 Hal Blaine [Harold Belsky], American drummer and session musician (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 90
  • Mar 16 Dick Dale [Richard Anthony Mansour], American guitarist, dies at 81
  • Mar 17 Barbara Benary, American composer (Gamelon Son Of Lion), dies at 73
  • Mar 17 [Zephire] Andre Williams, American R&B musician (Shake a Tail Feather), dies at 82
  • Mar 22 Scott Walker [Noel Scott Engel], American-born British singer-songwriter and composer (The Walker Brothers), dies of cancer at 76
  • Mar 22 Victor Hochhauser, British impresario (Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra), dies at 95
  • Mar 26 Ranking Roger [Roger Charlery], British rock vocalist (The Beat, General Public), dies of cancer at 56
  • Mar 31 Nipsey Hussle [Ermias Asghedom], American rapper and activist, shot and killed at 33
  • Apr 16 Fay McKenzie, American actress and singer (The Party, Sierra Sue), dies at 101
  • Apr 19 Martin Böttcher, German composer and conductor, dies at 91
  • Apr 22 Dave Samuels, American vibraphonist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance), dies at 70
  • Apr 22 Heather Harper, Northern Irish operatic soprano (Britten's War Requiem), dies at 88
  • Apr 24 Dick Rivers [Hervé Forneri], French rock and roll singer and actor, dies at 74
  • May 7 Georg Katzer, German composer (electroacoustic music), dies at 84
  • May 9 Freddie Starr, English comedian & singer (The Freddie Starr Showcase), dies at 76
  • May 13 Jerome Callet, American musician and designer of brass instruments, dies at 89

Person of interestDoris Day

May 13 Doris Day [Kappelhoff], American singer, animal welfare activist and actress known as the "girl next door" actress (Pillow Talk, The Man Who Knew Too Much), dies of pneumonia at 97

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • May 30 Leon Redbone [Dickran Gobalian], American blues and jazz musician (Seduced, Theme to Mr. Belvedere), dies at 69
  • May 31 [Roger Kynard] Roky Erickson, American musician (The 13th Floor Elevators), dies at 71
  • Jun 6 Dr. John [Malcolm John Rebennack], American musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), dies at 77
  • Jun 10 Chuck Glaser, American country singer (Tompall & the Glaser Brothers), dies at 83
  • Jun 10 Sven-David Sandström, Swedish composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 13 Charles M. Wilson, Canadian organist and composer (The Angels Of The Earth), dies at 88
  • Jun 15 Franco Zeffirelli, Italian film and opera director (Romeo & Juliet), dies at 96
  • Jun 23 Dave Bartholomew, American jazz artist & songwriter (Blueberry Hill), dies at 100
  • Jul 1 Bogusław Schaffer, Polish composer and playwright, dies at 90
  • Jul 2 Michael Colgrass, American-Canadian composer who won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Music for the piece "Déjà vu", dies at 81
  • Jul 6 João Gilberto, Brazilian singer, guitarist and 'father of bossa nova' (Getz/Gilberto, Grammy Award for Album of the Year 1965) dies at 88
  • Jul 21 Ben Johnston [Benjamin Burwell Johnston Jr], American microtonal composer (Gambit), dies at 93
  • Sep 5 Jimmy Johnson, American session guitarist and co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, dies at 76
  • Sep 11 Daniel Johnston, American musician and visual artist (Hi, How Are You), dies of a suspected heart attack at 58
  • Sep 13 Eddie Money [Mahoney], singer/guitarist (Take Me Home Tonight), dies of esophageal cancer at 70
  • Sep 15 Ric Ocasek [Richard Otcasek], American musician (The Cars - Best Friend's Girl; Shake It Up), found dead at 75
  • Sep 21 Christopher Rouse, American composer (1993 Pulitzer Prize for Music), dies at 70
  • Sep 23 Robert Hunter, American lyricist and singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead), dies at 78
  • Sep 25 Paul Badura-Skoda, Austrian pianist (Mozart Interpretation), dies at 91
  • Sep 28 José José 'The Prince of Song' [José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz], Mexican singer and actor, dies at 71
  • Sep 30 Jessye Norman, American opera singer (sang at two presidential inaugurations), dies at 74
  • Oct 1 Karel Gott, Czech singer 'Sinatra of the East', dies at 80
  • Oct 5 Larry Junstrom, American rock bassist (.38 Special), dies at 70
  • Oct 6 [Peter] Ginger Baker, English drummer (Cream), dies at 80
  • Oct 17 Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina, founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, dies at 98
  • Oct 25 Chou Wen-chung, Chinese-American composer (Mode of Shang), dies at 96
  • Nov 29 Irving Burgie (Lord Burgess), American Caribbean music composer and musician (Day-O), dies at 95
  • Dec 8 Juice Wrld [Jarad Higgins ], American rapper and singer-songwriter (All Girls Are the Same, Lucid Dreams), dies of a seizure at Chicago airport at 21
  • Dec 9 Marie Fredriksson, Swedish singer (Roxette - Must Have Been Love), dies after a long illness at 61
  • Dec 28 Erzsébet Szőnyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 95