Events in Music in 2015

Music History

Feb 4 Post Malone uploads his debut single "White Iverson" to his SoundCloud account

Music History

Feb 5 70's glam rocker Gary Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) found guilty of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault, and one of having sex with a girl under the age of 13 between 1975 and 1980

  • Feb 5 70s British rock star Gary Glitter is convicted of sexual child abuse charges in London
  • Feb 8 57th Grammy Awards: Best Song "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith; Best Album "Morning Phase" by Beck

Music History

Feb 13 "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" 4th mixtape by Drake is released

BRIT Awards

Feb 25 BRIT Awards: Best Single "Uptown Funk", Best Album "X" by Ed Sheeran

  • Feb 27 70's glam rocker Gary Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) sentenced to 16 years in prison for various child sex convictions

Film Release

Mar 10 "See You Again" released by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth commissioned by film "Furious 7" as tribute to Paul Walker (Billboard Song of the Year 2015)

Music History

Mar 10 The family of Marvin Gaye win a record $7.3 million lawsuit for music copyright infringement against Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I.

Music History

Mar 25 British musician Zayn Malik announces he is leaving the band One Direction

Music History

Apr 17 Jazz composer and musician John Coltrane is awarded a posthumous Special Citation by the Pulitzer Prize board

Hall of Fame

Apr 18 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Green Day; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; Lou Reed; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; Bill Withers; The "5" Royals; and Ringo Starr

Music Awards

Apr 19 50th Academy of Country Music Awards: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Miranda Lambert win

  • May 5 "Traveller" debut album by Chris Stapleton is released (Grammy Award Best Country Album, 2016; Billboard Album of the Year, 2016)

Album Release

May 17 "Blurryface," 4th studio album by Twenty One Pilots is released (1st album ever to have every track gold-certified)

Music Awards

May 17 24th Billboard Music Awards: Taylor Swift wins top artist & 7 other awards

Music History

May 21 Flavor Flav is arrested near Las Vegas on charges including speeding and driving under the influence

Album Release

May 22 Daniel Johns releases “Talk”, his debut album as a solo artist

  • May 23 60th Eurovision Song Contest: Mans Zelmerlow for Sweden wins singing "Heroes" in Vienna

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 24 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Kanye West, and The Who headline; other performers include Lionel Richie, Motörhead, Burt Bacharach, The Libertines, and Pharrell Williams

Music History

Jun 30 Misty Copeland becomes the 1st African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre

Music History

Jul 15 Robbie Williams announces he is returning to boy band Take That

  • Aug 9 At Ferguson anniversary of the shooting of unarmed Michael Brown, a man is shot and a state of emergency declared

Music History

Aug 12 US Postal Service issues a second postage stamp featuring rock singer Elvis Presley, as part of its Music Icon series; design is a black & white photograph taken by William Speer in 1955

  • Aug 30 Rap artist Kanye West announces he will run for President in 2020 at the MTV Video Music Awards

Musical Finale

Sep 15 Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus' musical "Mamma Mia!", featuring the songs of ABBA, closes at The Broadhurst Theatre, NYC, after 5,733 performances

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 19 Farm Aid (30th Anniversary) held in Chicago, Illinois; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Mavis Staples [1]

Music Concert

Oct 4 American rock band Van Halen's final public performance takes place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.

Music History

Oct 8 Actress and singer Selena Gomez reveals she has Lupus

  • Oct 9 Selena Gomez releases her studio album "Revival", goes to #1 on Billboard 200

Music Single

Oct 23 Adele releases her single "Hello" - becomes 1st song with more than a million downloads in 1st week (1.1m)

Music History

Nov 4 Katy Perry is the highest paid musician of the year, earning $135 million, according to Forbes Magazine

Music Single

Nov 9 "Love Yourself" single released by Justin Bieber (Billboard Song of the Year 2016, Grammy Song of the Year)

  • Nov 18 American singer-songwriter Willie Nelson receives Library of Congress Gershwin Prize at the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 20 XL/Columbia releases "25", 3rd studio album by Adele (Grammy Award for Album of the Year, 2017; 2016 Billboard Album of the Year)
  • Nov 22 43rd American Music Awards: Ed Sheeran, Arianna Grande, One Direction & Luke Bryan win

Music History

Dec 7 David Bowie’s final public appearance, at the opening of his musical "Lazarus" at New York Theatre Workshop, NYC

Film Premiere

Dec 14 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Harrison Ford has its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles