On This Day

Events in Music in 2018

Music History

Jan 13 Actor Mark Wahlberg donates his $1.5M re-shoot fee for the film "All The Money In The World" to "Time's Up" movement after revelation co-star Michelle Williams was only paid $1000

Music History

Jan 23 Singer Neil Diamond retires from touring abruptly, after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease

Grammy Awards

Jan 28 60th Grammy Awards: Bruno Mars wins Best Song "That's What I Like," and Best Album "24K Magic"

Music History

Feb 27 Barbra Streisand reveals she has cloned her dog twice

  • Mar 22 Musical "Frozen" opens on Broadway based on the film, starring Patti Murin and Caissie Levy

Album Release

Mar 30 Country singer songwriter Kacey Musgraves releases her fourth album "Golden Hour" (Grammy Album of the Year 2019)

  • Apr 9 Fleetwood Mac announce new members Neil Finn and Mike Campbell after firing long-standing member Lindsey Buckingham

Music Concert

Apr 14 Beyoncé is the first black woman to headline the Coachella Music Festival, her performance on this day the most-watched performance ever on YouTube

Hall of Fame

Apr 14 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Nina Simone; Sister Rosetta Tharpe; Bon Jovi; The Cars; Dire Straits; and Moody Blues

Music History

Apr 16 Kendrick Lamar is the first rapper and non-classical or jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for music with his album "Damn"

  • Apr 24 Streaming music services overtake worldwide sales of CDs and vinyl for the first time according to IFPI

Music History

Apr 24 Ed Sheeran's "÷" is the best-selling album of 2017, selling 6.1 million copies, according to IFPI

Music History

Apr 27 Swedish band ABBA announce they have recorded new songs for the first time since 1982

Music History

May 2 Kanye West widely criticized for saying "slavery is a choice" in TMZ interview

Music Single

May 5 Childish Gambino [Donald Glover] releases the music video to new single "This is America" to wide acclaim

Music History

May 7 Met Gala 2018 "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination' is hosted by Anna Wintour, Amal Clooney, Donatella Versace and Rihanna wearing a Pope-inspired outfit

Music History

May 10 R. Kelly's songs removed from Spotify playlists after sexual abuse allegations

  • May 12 63rd Eurovision song contest won by Netta from Israel in Lisbon, Portugal

Music History

May 16 Painting "Past Times" by Kerry James Marshall is bought by Sean Combs for $21.1 million, most paid for a living African American artist

Album Release

May 18 K-pop boy band BTS release their album "Love Yourself: Tear", sells 135,000 first week

  • May 20 K-pop boy band BTS are the first Koreans to perform at the Billboard Music Awards

Music History

May 27 South Korean boy band BTS are the first K-pop group to top the US Billboard 200 with their album "Love Yourself: Tear"

Film Premiere

Jun 4 "Ocean's 8" film premieres, directed by Gary Ross starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna

  • Jun 11 72nd Tony Awards: "The Band's Visit" best musical; "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" best play

FIFA World Cup

Jun 14 21st FIFA World Cup opens at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia with British singer Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina performing

  • Jun 16 Beyoncé and Jay-Z release their joint album "Everything is Love"

Album Release

Jun 29 Drake releases his fifth studio album "Scorpion", a double album with 25 tracks

  • Jul 2 Singers Cheryl and Liam Payne announce they are splitting up after two years

Music History

Jul 3 Cardi B becomes first female rapper to get two number one US Billboard hits, with "I Like It" with Bad Bunny and J Balvin

  • Jul 5 English rapper Stormzy announces partnership with Penguin Books, an imprint called #Merky Books
  • Jul 10 Drake surpasses The Beatles record of most singles in Billboard Hot One 100 with seven against their five from his album "Scorpion"
  • Jul 16 Musical film sequel "Mamma Mia! - Here We Go Again" premieres at Hammersmith-Apollo, London; worldwide box office receipts total over $400 million

Music History

Jul 18 Cliff Richard wins privacy case against the BBC, for reporting he was being investigated over historic child sexual assaults

Music History

Jul 24 Singer Demi Lovato is hospitalized after a drug overdose in Los Angeles

Music Concert

Jul 26 Sir Paul McCartney performs a "secret" gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles began

  • Jul 27 American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond gives a small thank-you concert to firefighters near his home in Colorado
  • Jul 31 Rihanna becomes the first black woman to appear on the cover of British Vogue's September issue
  • Aug 13 Ugandan politician and pop singer Bobi Wine arrested by the Ugandan army at a campaign rally in Arua and later allegedly tortured

Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas

Aug 18 Indian actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas confirm their engagement with an engagement party in Mumbai, India

Music History

Aug 23 Tenor Plácido Domingo sings his 150th opera role in Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” at the Salzburg Festival, Austria

Music History

Aug 24 Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler sends cease-and-desist letter to President Trump demanding he stop using the band's songs at rallies

  • Aug 26 Moroccan pop singer Saad Lamjarred arrested in Saint-Tropez, France on a rape allegation

Music History

Aug 27 Former Spice Girl Mel B announces she is entering rehab for alcohol and sex addiction following her acrimonious divorce

Music History

Aug 28 Aretha Franklin lies in state at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit in a 24 carat coffin

  • Aug 30 Ugandan pop star MP Bobi Wine re-arrested attempting to leave the country

Film Premiere

Aug 31 "A Star is Born" film remake directed by and starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga premieres at the Venice Film Festival

  • Sep 1 Aretha Franklin's funeral held in Detroit attended by Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande and Bill Clinton with procession of 140 pink Cadillacs

Music History

Sep 1 Bishop Charles H. Ellis III apologises for groping Ariana Grande during Aretha Franklin's funeral service

Music History

Sep 7 Rappers Cardi B and Nicki Minaj come to physical blows at a New York Fashion event

Music History

Sep 7 Eminem breaks 36-year UK chart record for consecutive No. 1 albums with "Kamikaze"

Music History

Sep 10 John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice win Emmys for "Jesus Christ Superstar - Live In Concert", making them all EGOT winners, Legend is the first black male winner

  • Sep 22 Singer Rihanna is appointed as an ambassador for Barbados

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 22 Farm Aid held in Hartford, Connecticut; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Margo Price [1]

Album Release

Sep 28 Warner Bros. Records releases American singer Cher's 26th solo studio album "Dancing Queen"; album contains cover versions of 11 songs of Swedish pop group ABBA, and lands in top 10 of charts in 19 countries

  • Sep 29 Rapper Kanye West announces on Twitter he is changing his name to Ye
  • Oct 11 Swedish dramatic soprano Nina Stemme is awarded the fourth $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize

Film Premiere

Oct 23 Freddie Mercury bio film "Bohemian Rhapsody" directed by Bryan Singer, starring Rami Malek (Best Actor Academy Awards 2019) premieres in London

Music History

Oct 26 Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor announces she has converted to Islam

  • Oct 31 BLACKPINK become the first K-pop girl group to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 with multiple hits

Album Release

Nov 2 Blue Note Records releases "She Remembers Everything", the fourteenth studio album by singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, produced by Tucker Martine and Cash's husband John Leventhal

Music Awards

Nov 4 Camila Cabello wins four awards at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Bilbao, Janet Jackson accepts the Global Icon award

  • Nov 9 Korean pop band BTS appearance on Japanese TV show cancelled after member Jimin wore shirt with atomic bomb image
  • Dec 1 Ariana Grande releases the music video to her single "Thank U Next", biggest ever launch on Youtube Premiere

Film Premiere

Dec 1 Computer-animated film "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Award Best Animated Film 2019)