Events in Music in 2005

  • Feb 13 47th Grammy Awards: "Here We Go Again" and Maroon 5 win

Music Single

Feb 28 Stereophonics release their single "Dakota", later their first #1 UK single

Album Release

Mar 3 American rapper 50 Cent releases his album “The Massacre” (2005 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album 2006)

Hall of Fame

Mar 14 20th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Buddy Guy; The O'Jays; The Pretenders; Percy Sledge; U2; Frank Barsalona; and Seymour Stein

Television Debut

Mar 26 "Doctor Who" returns to BBC TV after 16 years with the debut of Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor and Billie Piper as Rose

Music Single

Mar 29 "We Belong Together" single is released by Mariah Carey (Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 2006, Billboard Song of the Year 2005)

CMT Music Awards

Apr 11 39th CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson & Kenny Chesney win

Album Release

Apr 26 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 13th studio album "Devils and Dust"

Album Release

May 3 Fall Out Boy's breakthrough album "From Under the Cork Tree" is released through Island Records

Film Premiere

May 15 "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith", directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

  • May 17 40th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson & Keith Urban win

Music History

May 17 Singer Kylie Minogue is diagnosed with breast cancer at 36

  • May 21 50th Eurovision Song Contest: Helena Paparizou for Greece wins singing "My Number One" in Kiev

Music History

Jun 13 A jury in Santa Maria, California acquits pop singer Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch

Album Release

Jun 21 Billy Corgan releases "TheFutureEmbrace", his first solo album

  • Jun 24 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: The White Stripes, and Coldplay headline; other performers include The Kaiser Chiefs, Taj Mahal, Brian Wilson, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, and Primal Scream
  • Jun 27 "Bad Day" single is released by Daniel Powter, 1st song to sell 2 million digital copies in the US (Billboard Song of the Year 2006)

Live 8 Concert

Jul 2 10 Live 8 concerts held around the world organised by Bob Geldof to raise awareness of poverty

Live 8 Concert

Jul 2 Live 8 concert at Chateau de Versailles, Paris, France; performers include Andrea Bocelli, Dido, Sahakira, Youssou N'dour, The Cure, and Zucchero

Live 8 Concert

Jul 2 Live 8 concert at Circus Maximus, Rome, Italy; performers include Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran, and Zucchero

  • Jul 2 Live 8 concert at Hyde Park, London, England; performers include Paul McCartney, U2, Coldplay, Elton John, Sting, Madonna, The Who, Pink Floyd, and R.E.M.

Live 8 Concert

Jul 2 Live 8 concert at Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan; performers include Björk, Good Charlotte, Dreams Come True, Do As Infinity, and McFly

Live 8 Concert

Jul 2 Live 8 concert at Park Place in Barrie, Ontario, Canada; performers include Neil Young, Bryan Adams; The Tragically Hip; Motley Crue; Gordon Lightfoot; Deep Purple, and Bruce Cockburn

Live 8 Concert

Jul 2 Live 8 concert at the Eden Project, Cornwall, England; performers included Daara J, Thomas Mapfumo, Youssou N'dour, Angelique Kidjo, and Coco Mbassi

Live 8 Concert

Jul 2 Live 8 concert at the Victory Column in Tiergarten Park, Berlin, Germany; performers include Green Day; a-ha; Brian Wilson, Roxy Music, Audioslave, and Herbert Grönemeyer

Live 8 Concert

Jul 2 Live 8 concert in front of Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; performers include Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi, The Black-Eyed Peas, Keith Urban, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, and Linkin Park

  • Jul 2 Live 8 concert In Mercy Fitzgerald Square, Johannesburg, South Africa; performers include Lucky Dube, Mahotella Queens, Orchestra Baobob, Zola, and Vusi Mahlasela

Live 8 Concert

Jul 6 Live 8 concert at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland; performers include Wet Wet Wet, Annie Lennox, James Brown, the Corrs, and The Proclaimers

Music History

Aug 26 US Postal Service christens a Los Angeles facility as "The Ray Charles Station"

Music Single

Sep 15 "Be Without You" single released by Mary J. Blige (Billboard Song of the Year 2006, Grammy Award Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance 2005)

Hall of Fame

Sep 17 Diana DeGarmo receives the Horizon Award at the Georgia Music Hall Of Fame Awards ceremony

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 18 Farm Aid 18 held in Tinley Park, Illinois; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Arlo Guthrie, Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris, James McMurtry, Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra, John Mayer, Kathleen Edwards, Kenny Chesney, Susan Tedeschi, Widespread Panic, and Wilco [1]

  • Oct 4 "All the Right Reasons", fifth studio album by Nickelback, is released
  • Oct 4 Palace of the Arts - the world's tallest opera house and last major structure of the City of Arts and Science's complex, designed by Santiago Calatrava, opens in Valencia, Spain [1]
  • Nov 15 39th Country Music Association Award: Keith Urban & Gretchen Wilson win

Album Release

Nov 15 Carrie Underwood releases her debut album “Some Hearts” (2006 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award Best New Artist 2007)

  • Nov 17 Italy's choice of national anthem, "Il Canto degli Italiani", becomes official in law for the first time, almost 60 years after it was provisionally chosen following the birth of the republic.

Music Premiere

Dec 1 Musical "The Color Purple" based on the book by Alice Walker opens on Broadway produced by Oprah Whitney starring LaChanze (Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical)

Theatrical Finale

Dec 11 Twyla Tharp's rock ballet "Movin' Out", set to songs of Billy Joel, closes at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, NYC after 1,303 performances

  • Dec 20 "The Breakthrough" 7th studio album by Mary J. Blige is released
  • Dec 21 Civil Partnership Act comes into force in the UK, with singer Elton John and David Furnish one of the first couples to form a same-sex civil union