Events in Music in 2008

Grammy Awards

Feb 10 50th Grammy Awards: Amy Winehouse wins 5 awards including song "Rehab"; Herbie Hancock wins Album of the Year

Album Release

Mar 3 Duffy releases her debut album "Rockferry" (Grammy Best Pop Vocal Album, 1009)

Hall of Fame

Mar 10 23rd Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Leonard Cohen; The Dave Clark Five; Madonna; John Mellencamp; The Ventures; Little Walter; Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff

Music History

Mar 11 Plácido Domingo named "The King of Singers" in BBC Music Magazine, based on voting by 16 renowned opera critics for the April 2008 issue

#1 in the Charts

Apr 3 Mariah Carey overtakes Elvis Presley's record of 17 No. 1 US hits with her 18th ‘Touch My Body’, only The Beatles have more with 20

CMT Music Awards

Apr 14 42nd CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift and Trace Adkins win

Album Release

May 5 American/Columbia Records releases "Home Before Dark", the twenty-seventh studio album by Neil Diamond; tops charts in US, UK and NZ

Music Concert

May 8 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, Chris Botti, Feist, Roberto Alagna, and Natalie Clein

  • May 24 53rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dima Bilan for Russia wins singing "Believe" in Belgrade

Album Release

Jun 12 Coldplay release their 4th studio album " Viva la Vida or Death" (winner of 3 Grammys)

  • Jun 13 "Viva la Vida" single released by Coldplay, - their 1st US No. 1, (Grammy Song of the Year)

Music Concert

Jun 19 Ringo Starr's tenth All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include: Billy Squier, Colin Hay, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Hamish Stuart, and Gregg Bissonette

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 27 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Kings Of Leon, Jay-Z, and The Verve headline; other performers include Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, The Ting-Tings, Sinéad O'Connor, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Joan Baez, Jimmy Cliff, Suzanne Vega, and Crowded House

  • Jun 29 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England; Leonard Cohen the highlight singing "Hallelujah"

Film Premiere

Jun 30 "Mamma Mia!, The Movie!" premieres at Leicester Square, London

Music Concert

Jul 18 Billy Joel performs last of two concerts dubbed "The Last Play at Shea"; the final concert event before demolition of the 1964 baseball stadium in Flushing Meadows, Queens, NYC; featured guests include Roger Daltrey, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, and Paul McCartney

Album Release

Aug 19 "The Fame", debut album by Lady Gaga, is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year, Best Electronic/Dance Album 2009)

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 20 Farm Aid 21 held in Mansfield, Massachusetts; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kenny Chesney, The Pretenders, moe., Arlo Guthrie, Steve Earle, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Jakob Dylan and The Gold Mountain Rebels [1]

Film Release

Sep 25 Supernatural-fantasy film "Painted Skin" directed by Gordon Chan, starring Donnie Yen, Chen Kun and Zhou Xun is released

  • Oct 7 Music, podcast, and video streaming service Spotify is launched by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon
  • Nov 11 Taylor Swift releases her second studio album “Fearless” (Billboard Album of the Year, 2009; Grammy Album of the Year, 2010, American Music Awards, 2009)
  • Nov 12 42nd Country Music Association Award: Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley win
  • Nov 23 Geffen Records releases rock band Guns N" Roses sixth, and to date last, studio album, "Chinese Democracy"; 8 years in production, with costs over $13 million, it is the most expensive rock album ever made

Album Release

Nov 24 British singer-rapper-songwriter Craig David releases his first Greatest Hits album