On This Day

Events in Music in 2012

  • Jan 9 "Time is Love" single released by Josh Turner (Billboard Song of the Year 2012)

Album Release

Jan 31 Leonard Cohen releases his album "Old Ideas", becomes No.1 in 10 countries

Super Bowl

Feb 5 Flavor Flav and Elton John appear in a Pepsi Co. ad during Super Bowl XLVI

Music History

Feb 6 Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot is presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Grammy Awards

Feb 12 54th Grammy Awards: "Rolling In The Deep" by Adele;, Bon Iver win

Album Release

Mar 6 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen's 17th studio album "Wrecking Ball"

Music Concert

Apr 3 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Jennifer Hudson, Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Esperanza Spaulding, Bruno Mars, Bryn Terfel, and Bill Clinton

  • Apr 9 "The Lion King" becomes highest grossing Broadway show after overtaking "The Phantom of the Opera"

Hall of Fame

Apr 14 Beastie Boys inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Adam Yauch too ill to attend

  • Apr 14 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Beastie Boys; Donovan; Guns N' Roses; Laura Nyro; The Red Hot Chili Peppers; The (Small) Faces; The Blue Caps; The Comets; The Crickets; The Famous Flames; The Midnighters; The Miracles; Freddie King; Don Kirshner; Tom Dowd; Glyn Johns; and Cosimo Matassa

Music Concert

Apr 15 Hologram of late rapper Tupac features on stage with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre at Coachella music festival

  • May 20 20th Billboard Music Awards: Adele, 21 win
  • May 26 57th Eurovision Song Contest: Loreen for Sweden wins singing "Euphoria" in Baku
  • Jun 16 Collapse of a stage at a Radiohead concert kills one person (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Jul 31 Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band perform their longest show ever, at Olympiastadion in Helsinki, Finland - clocking in at 4 hours and 6 minutes
  • Aug 6 "Cruise" single released by Florida Georgia Line (Billboard Song of the Year 2013)
  • Aug 27 "Thrift Shop" single is released by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Billboard Song of the Year 2013, Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song 2014)

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 22 Farm Aid held in Hershey, Pennsylvania; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Kenny Chesney, Jack Johnson, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Dale Watson, and Pegi Young

  • Oct 22 "Red" 4th studio album by Taylor Swift is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2012/2013)

Music Awards

Nov 18 39th American Music Awards: Katy Perry & Justin Bieber win

Soul Train Music Awards

Nov 25 26th Soul Train Music Awards: Miguel, Beyoncé win

Music History

Dec 21 "Gangnam Style" by Psy becomes the first video to reach one billion views on YouTube