Events in Music in 2016

Music History

Jan 6 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" breaks North American box office record, passing the $760.5M taken by "Avatar"

Album Release

Jan 8 ISO/Columbia Records/Sony Music release David Bowie's 26th and final studio album "Blackstar" on his 69th birthday; enters charts in US and UK at #1

  • Feb 4 Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison knighted by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace

Grammy Awards

Feb 15 58th Grammy Awards: Best Song "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran; Best Album "1989" by Taylor Swift

Music History

Feb 20 4-inch lock of John Lennon's hair sells for $35,000 to a memorabilia collector at an auction in Dallas, Texas

Album Release

Mar 25 Zayn's [Zayn Malik] solo debut album "Mind of Mine" is released, 1st British male artist to debut at No. 1 in US

Music Single

Apr 5 "One Dance" single Released by Drake (Billboard Song of the Year 2016)

  • Apr 8 31st Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Steve Miller, and N.W.A

Album Release

Apr 23 Beyoncé releases her 6th album "Lemonade" with a 1 hour film on HBO

  • Apr 29 "H.O.L.Y" single released by Florida Georgia Line (Billboard Song of the Year, 2016)
  • Apr 29 Canadian musician Drake releases "Views", his 4th studio album

Album Release

May 13 Chance the Rapper releases his third mixtape "Coloring Book" on Apple Music - first album to chart on Billboard Top 100 based only on streams (Grammy for Best Rap Album)

  • May 14 61st Eurovision Song Contest: Ukraine's Jamala wins singing "1944"

Album Release

Jun 3 Concord Records releases "Stranger to Stranger", the thirteenth solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 22 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Coldplay, and Adele headline; other performers include Tame Impala, Squeeze, Frightened Rabbit; ZZ Top, ELO, and Cyndi Lauper

  • Jun 23 Los Angeles court decision clears Led Zeppelin of stealing riff from "Stairway to Heaven" from band Spirit
  • Aug 8 K-pop girl group Blackpink debuts with the song Whistle

Music History

Sep 7 Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band perform their longest show in America, at Citizen Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - clocking in at 4 hours and 4 minutes

Music History

Sep 8 Billy Corgan announces a new solo album, recorded with producer Rick Rubin, via a Facebook live video

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 17 Farm Aid held in Bristow, Virginia; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Jamey Johnson & Alison Krauss, Margo Price, and The Wisdom Indian Dancers [1]

Television Premiere

Sep 20 "This Is Us" TV drama premieres in the US starring Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia

Album Release

Sep 23 Shawn Mendes releases his album "Illuminate", debuts at No. 1 US Billboard 200

  • Sep 27 American "boy band" pop music group 'Why Don't We' (WDW) forms in Los Angeles

Nobel Prize

Oct 13 American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

Music History

Nov 15 American singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson receives Library of Congress Gershwin Prize at the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C.

  • Nov 20 44th American Music Awards: Drake, Justin Beiber, Ariana Grande, & Carrie Underwood win

Music History

Nov 28 Musical "Hamilton" starring Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anthony Ramos sets new record for most money earned in a week on Broadway - $3.3 million

  • Dec 2 Fire during a dance party at an Oakland warehouse kills 36
  • Dec 7 Pakistan International Airways plane crashes north of Islamabad, killing all 48 on board, including singer turned preacher Junaid Jamshed
  • Dec 10 Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature at a ceremony he does not attend in Stockholm
  • Dec 14 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Ronnie Spector, Idina Menzal, Darlene Love, and Jennifer Nettles

Knighthood

Dec 30 British singer-songwriter Ray Davies, of The Kinks, is awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II