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Events in Music in 2018

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Jan 13 Actor Mark Wahlberg donates his $1.5m reshoot fee "All the Money in the World" to "Time's Up" movement after revelation co-star Michelle Williams only paid $1000

Actor & Former Rapper Mark Wahlberg
Actor & Former Rapper
Mark Wahlberg
Actress Michelle Williams
Actress
Michelle Williams

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Jan 23 Singer Neil Diamond retires after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter
Neil Diamond

Music awardsGrammy Awards

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

Singer Bruno Mars
Singer
Bruno Mars

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Feb 27 Barbra Streisand reveals she has cloned her dog twice

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Mar 22 Musical "Frozen" opens on Broadway based on the film, starring Patti Murin and Caissie Levy

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

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

Music concertMusic 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

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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"

Singer-songwriter, Music Producer Kendrick Lamar
Singer-songwriter, Music Producer
Kendrick Lamar
  • Apr 24 Streaming music services overtake worldwide sales of CDs and vinyl for the first time according to IFPI

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

Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Singer-Songwriter
Ed Sheeran

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

Rapper Kanye West
Rapper
Kanye West

Music releaseMusic Single

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

Actor, Musician and Director Donald Glover
Actor, Musician and Director
Donald Glover

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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

Singer Rihanna
Singer
Rihanna
Magazine Editor Anna Wintour
Magazine Editor
Anna Wintour

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

R&B Singer R. Kelly
R&B Singer
R. Kelly
  • May 12 63rd Eurovision song contest won by Netta from Israel in Lisbon, Portugal

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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 atist

Rapper Puff Daddy
Rapper
Puff Daddy
  • May 20 K-pop boy band BTS are the first Koreans to perform at the Billboard Music Awards
  • 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 release premierFilm Premier

Jun 5 "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

Sport awardFIFA 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"

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

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

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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

Rapper Cardi B
Rapper
Cardi B
  • 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"

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

  • Jul 19 A duck boat sinks in Table Rock Lake, Missouri, drowning 17 people

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

Actress and Singer-Songwriter Demi Lovato
Actress and Singer-Songwriter
Demi Lovato

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

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 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

Wedding of InterestPriyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas

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

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

Composer Georges Bizet
Composer
Georges Bizet

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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

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Aug 26 Moroccan pop singer Saad Lamjarred arrested in Saint-Tropez, France on a rape allegation

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

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

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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Singer-Songwriter Lady Gaga
Singer-Songwriter
Lady Gaga
Actor Bradley Cooper
Actor
Bradley Cooper
  • Sep 1 Aretha Franklin's funeral held in Detroit attended by Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande and Bill Clinton with procession of 140 pink Cadillacs

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

Singer Ariana Grande
Singer
Ariana Grande
Soul Singer Aretha Franklin
Soul Singer
Aretha Franklin

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

Rapper & Singer Nicki Minaj
Rapper & Singer
Nicki Minaj
Rapper Cardi B
Rapper
Cardi B

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

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter
Eminem

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

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyricist Tim Rice
Lyricist
Tim Rice
Singer-Songwriter John Legend
Singer-Songwriter
John Legend

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Singer-Songwriter Freddie Mercury
Singer-Songwriter
Freddie Mercury
Actor Rami Malek
Actor
Rami Malek

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

Singer-Songwriter Sinead O'Connor
Singer-Songwriter
Sinead O'Connor
  • Oct 31 BLACKPINK become the first K-pop girl group to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 with multiple hits

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

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Nov 5 Spice Girls announce a new tour but without "Posh Spice", Victoria Beckham

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
Singer Geri Horner
Singer
Geri Horner
Pop Star Emma Bunton
Pop Star
Emma Bunton

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Nov 9 Korean pop band BTS appearance on Japanese TV show cancelled after member Jimin wore shirt with atomic bomb image

K-Pop Star Jimin
K-Pop Star
Jimin
  • Dec 1 Ariana Grande releases the music video to her single "Thank U Next", biggest ever launch on Youtube Premiere

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Actress and Singer Hailee Steinfeld
Actress and Singer
Hailee Steinfeld