Events in Music in 2015

  • 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

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

Singer-Songwriter Drake
Singer-Songwriter
Drake

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

Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Singer-Songwriter
Ed Sheeran

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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.

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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)

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

Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Singer-songwriter
Zayn Malik
Singer Harry Styles
Singer
Harry Styles

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

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane

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

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Bassist Rocker Mike Dirnt
Bassist Rocker
Mike Dirnt
  • 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)
  • May 17 "Blurryface," 4th studio album by Twenty One Pilots is released (1st album ever to have every track gold-certified)

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift

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

Rapper & TV star Flavor Flav
Rapper & TV star
Flavor Flav

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

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

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

Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland
Ballet Dancer
Misty Copeland

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

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

Rapper Kanye West
Rapper
Kanye West

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Oct 8 Actress and singer Selena Gomez reveals she has Lupus

Singer and Actress Selena Gomez
Singer and Actress
Selena Gomez
  • Oct 9 Selena Gomez releases her studio album "Revival", goes to No. 1 on Billboard 200

Music releaseMusic Single

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

Singer-songwriter Adele
Singer-songwriter
Adele

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

Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry

Music releaseMusic Single

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

Pop Star Justin Bieber
Pop Star
Justin Bieber
  • Nov 20 "25" 3rd studio album by Adele is released (Grammy Award for Album of the Year 2017, 2016 Billboard Album of the Year)

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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