2016 Music News
Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You,
which was released over 20 years ago in 1994, finally
broke the Billboard Top 10 for first time this month.
When asked by Billboard to comment, Mariah called the achievement “an amazing Christmas gift!”
Pat DiNizio, frontman, songwriter and guitarist for
passed away at the age of 62.
According to bandmates, his health declined following a series of health issues that began in 2015 after a pair
of falls that resulted in nerve damage which limited the use of his right hand and arm
(In Memoriam: October 12, 1955 – December 12, 2017)
was the most streamed artist on Spotify in 2017.
He was #1 with 6.3 billion streams.
Kendrick Lamar and
The Chainsmokers rounded out the top 5.
It was confirmed that
(born Gustav Åhr)
cause of death was an accidental overdose due to the effects of the pain medications fentanyl and alprazolam.
He was found on his tour bus when his manager went to check on him in preparation
for that night's performance in Tucson, Arizona.
(In Memoriam: November 1, 1996 – November 15, 2017)
after years of development, released the
Neil Young Archives,
a massive website and streaming platform featuring everything Young has recorded as a soloist and bandleader,
as well as with
Crosby Stills Nash and Young,
and listings regarding Young-related films and books.
was the big winner at this years American Music Awards, hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross.
He took home 7 awards, including "Artist of the Year".
"Collaboration of the Year" went to
won "New Artist of the Year", and
was honored with the AMA for Lifetime Achievement.
Malcolm Young, founding member and guitarists of
passed away at the age of 64. Young had been
fighting an ongoing battle with dementia for the last three years, which forced him to leave
the band in 2014. The musician also suffered from a bout of lung cancer in 2008 that
was treated successfully, as well as an unspecified heart condition which later necessitated a pacemaker.
(In Memoriam: January 6th, 1953 – November 18th, 2017)
Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman will be ending the full touring iteration of the punk institution in 2018.
However, Warped Tour will return 2019 for its 25th anniversary.
Stone Temple Pilots
have announced their new lead singer two years after frontman Scott Weiland passed away.
Their new singer is Jeff Gutt, a Detroit native and former "The X-Factor" contestant.
new album "Reputation" became the first album to sell over 1 million copies in its first week in nearly 2 years,
25 in 2015.
Chuck Mosley, former frontman of
Faith No More,
passed away at the age of 57.
Drug paraphernalia was discovered at the scene, with police suspecting
a heroin overdose as the cause of death
(In Memoriam: December 26, 1959 – November 9, 2017)
Sean "Diddy" Combs
announced he's changing his name again, to "Love".
“I know it’s risky because it could come off as corny to some people. So my new name is Love,
aka Brother Love. I will not be answering to Puffy, Diddy, Puff Daddy, or any of my other monikers...
I’m just not who I am before. I’m something different.”
will play Nala in the remake of "The Lion King", along with
as Simba. It is set to be released July 19, 2019.
New Orleans icon
one of the original pioneers of rock and roll music, passed away at the age of 89.
(In Memoriam: February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017)
onstage at Power 99's Powerhouse concert in Philadelphia.
It was officially announced that
will perform at this years Super Bowl LII in February.
canceled several of his upcoming tour dates
after breaking both arms in a bicycle accident.
Sheeran has fractures in his right wrist and left elbow
"that will leave me unable to perform live concerts for the immediate future".
At this years BET Hip-Hop Awards,
took home four awards, including album of the year for "DAMN"
and Best Hip-Hop Video for
won the award for single of the year, as well as best new hip-hop artist.
also a multiple winner
for Best Collabo,DJ of the Year, and MVP of the Year.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced the nominees for its Class of 2018.
The nominees include
Rage Against the Machine,
who just became eligible for nomination this year.
Other first-timers are
J. Geils Band
are returning for their fifth year of nomination,
and L.L. Cool J is back for his fourth.
The Rock Hall inductees will be announced in December of this year.
Iconic rock singer-songwriter
passed away at the age of 66 from a heart attack.
(In Memoriam: October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017 )
has announced a collaboration with Marvel Comics.
"The Weeknd and Marvel presents : STARBOY", a new comic book coming soon.
has cancelled a number of tour dates following an injury on stage at New York’s Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom.
A large stage prop fell on the performer.
Manson will not be able to perform any dates
from October 2-14 and “hopes to return to the stage soon"
It was announced that
will be a judge on the reboot of American Idol.
was previously announced. The rebooted show will air in March on ABC.
was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
The ceremony took place at Toronto’s Massey Hall .
Grant Hart, drummer and co-songwriter for
passed away at the age of 56 from liver cancer.
(In Memoriam: March 18, 1961 – September 13, 2017)
revealed that she received a kidney transplant from actress
Francia Raisa. The transplant was needed from complications related to Lupus,
first diagnosed in October 2015.
canceled a performance after being hospitalized for pain.
She later announced she suffers from fibromyalgia,
a medical condition characterized by chronic pain. The cause of FM is unknown.
Ezra Koening of
created an anime, called "Neo Yokio", that will air on Netflix on September 22nd.
He is also hard at work on a new album for
that is almost completed.
Puddle of Mudd
frontman Wes Scantlin was arrested for attempting to bring a BB gun onto a flight to Texas.
unofficially announced their break up via Twitter, responding to a fan.
Walter Becker, guitarist, vocalist, and co-founder of
passed away at the age of 67.
(In Memoriam: February 20, 1950 – September 3, 2017)
won 'Video of the Year' for
2017 MTV VMAs. Other winners included
for 'Artist of the Year' and
for 'Best New Artist'.
will appear in the new Archie Comics series.
They'll be making their debut at the end of 'The Archies #2'. In later issues,
they'll be acting as mentors to The Archies band.
record streak for most consecutive weeks on the Billboard Top 100.
For the first time since
Best I Ever Had
debuted on the chart in 2009, until
the latest Hot 100 (dated Aug. 26)
The streak was over 8 years, 431 weeks total. The next artist to even come close was
who spent 326 weeks straight on the Top 100.
won her case against former KYGO radio DJ Robert Mueller, who was fired in 2013 after
Swift accused him of groping her prior to concert in Denver.
Swift sued for a symbolic $1, intended as
“an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.”
In memory of
will be built in Seattle. The location has not yet been determined.
passed away from complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 81.
(In Memoriam: March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017 )
Daddy Yankee and
became the most viewed video on YouTube with over 3 billion views.
It takes the top spot from
See You Again,
which just beat out
back in July.
came out as bisexual in a post to his fans on Twitter.
2017 nominees for the Mercury Prize were announced.
The Mercury Prize is awarded to the best British album of the year. Nominees include:
Chester Bennington, frontman of
passed away at the age of 41.
His death occurred on what would have been Chris Cornell's 53rd birthday.
Cornell, who was a close friend of Bennington, had also died of suicide by hanging two months prior.
He was also the godfather of Cornell's son Christopher.
(In Memoriam: March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017 )
MTV announced the nominees for the 2017 Video Music Awards.
Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with eight awards for his acclaimed album DAMN,
while Katy Perry
and the The Weeknd are tied for five nominations each.
are nominated for Artist of the Year.
The VMAs will air on Sunday, August 27th.
made a guest appearance in the first episode of the seventh season of
Game of Thrones.
In it, he sings the song
Hands of Gold.
Billboard released their list of highest paid musicians for last year.
Beyonce took the top place,
earning over $62 million.
Guns N Roses
was second on the list with $42 million.
rounded out the top 5.
was arrested on federal tax fraud charges. He owes the IRS at least $1.7 million for
allegedly concealing his income for years. If convicted, he faces 44 years in
became the first Latin artist to become the number one most streamed artist on Spotify.
He has over 44 million listens, topping the previous record held by
Gavin Russom of
came out as being transgender at the age of 43.
and Patrick Carney of
The Black Keys
announced they are engaged. He proposed on Michelle's 34th birthday. They met when he co-produced her
New Found Glory
guitarist Chad Gilbert announced they are separating. They previously
started dating in 2008, and just got married last year.
Chance the Rapper
became the youngest recipient to win the BET Humanitarian Award.
Other winners at the 2017 BET awards included
for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
and Viewers' Choice Award and Video of the Year for
won Best Male R&B/Pop Artist,
for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist,
Remy Ma for
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist,
won the Lifetime Achievement Award.
of the legendary New York rap group
passed away at the age of 42,
after having been hospitalized a few days earlier for complications related to his sickle-cell anemia.
(In Memoriam: November 2, 1974 – June 20, 2017)
has given birth to twins, a boy and a girl. Also
became the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame,
and the occasion was marked by an introduction speech from
was attacked on stage during a performance in San Diego. The attacker rushed the stage and
knocked him out. A few more joined in before security got involved.
Local rapper Rob Stone was the reported assailant.
won his lawsuit
over sampling with "fair use" argument.
His song Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2
off the 2013 album "Nothing Was the Same",
sampled a 1982 spoken-word recording of “Jimmy Smith Rap”.
The judge ruled that
Drake’s use “transforms Jimmy Smith’s brazen dismissal of all non-jazz music into a statement
that ‘real music,’ with no qualifiers, is ‘the only thing that’s gonna last.'”
Thus the purpose is “sharply different” from the original artist's.
This case was notable because winning a “fair use” defense is rare in songs.
Southern rock pioneer and founder of the
The Allman Brothers Band,
passed away at the age of 69.
(In Memoriam: December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017)
frontman for bands
passed away at the age of 52.
He was found dead in his room at the MGM Grand in Detroit after performing at a show with
Soundgarden at the Fox Theatre. His death was determined to be a suicide by hanging.
(In Memoriam: July 20, 1964 – May 17, 2017)
was the big winner at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards,
including Top Artist and Top Male Artist.
He took home 13 awards, breaking the record for artist with the most wins in a single year,
beating Adele's record of 12.
Other winners included
who won Top New Artist.
Top Female Artist went to
went to Twenty One Pilots
announced she will be a judge on the rebooted American Idol.
Now titled just 'Idol', it is expected to premiere on ABC during the 2017-18 season.
Daddy Yankee and
became the first Spanish language #1 single on Billboard since the
more than 20 years ago.
Keith Mitchell, original drummer for Mazzy Star,
passed away from undisclosed causes on May 14th, 2017.
Former Black Flag bassist Cel Revuelta
passed away from a stage 4 glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer.
He was their bassist for their final tour of 1986, replacing Kira Roessler.
He also joined up for a string of 2003 reunion shows, alongside original Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn
suffered a stroke and was hospitalized, according to a post on her Facebook page.
She was admitted to a Nashville hospital, after the incident occurred at her Hurricane Mills, Tennessee home.
She is expected to make a full recovery.
apologized for the Fyre Festival debacle.
It was suppose to be a
luxury music festival in the Exuma Islands of the Bahamas, but devolved into chaos
for the would be concert-goers as the
"physical infrastructure was not in place on time".
A $100 million lawsuit was later filed against the festival co-founders.
has an uncredited voice role
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
(The cameo is post credits).
J. Geils (born John Warren Geils Jr.), of
The J. Geils Band,
passed away at the age of 71. They had 17 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,
but were best known for the song
(In Memoriam: February 20, 1946 - April 11, 2017)
The 2017 Billboard Music Awards nominations have been announced.
have the most nominations with 22 each.
Twenty One Pilots
have 17 nominations,
has 13, and
The BMA's will air May 21st on ABC.
founder Paul O’Neill passed away at the age of 61.
(In Memoriam: February 23, 1956 – April 5, 2017)
In an interview with People,
Barry Manilow, now 73,
revealed he is gay.
However, it was already reported in 2015 that he had wed his manager and longtime partner Garry Kief,
who he has been with for 39 years.
The Library of Congress picked 25 titles to be included in the National Recording Registry for the year.
The enshrined titles included
Over the Rainbow,
Straight Outta Compton,
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars by
Remain in Light by
the original cast album of Broadway’s
will induct 2Pac
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7th. Other inductees include.
A movie musical inspired by
childhood in Virginia Beach is in the works. The project, titled 'Atlantis'
is being described as a 'Romeo and Juliet' style story.
passed away at the age of 90.
The legendary singer, songwriter and guitar great was widely
credited as one of the founding fathers of of Rock 'n Roll.
(In Memoriam: October 18th, 1926 – March 18th, 2017)
will make a guest appearance in the upcoming seventh season of Game of Thrones.
According to showrunner David Benioff, his appearance was designed mostly
as a favor to Maisie Williams (aka Arya Stark) who's a big fan of Sheeran.
became the first artist to release number one albums in consecutive weeks since 1968,
with HNDRXX and his self-titled album.
The last time it happened was when
Simon & Garfunkel
released "Bookends" followed by the soundtrack to "The Graduate".
The 1997 GMC Suburban that the
was shot is being auctioned for $1.5 million.
The previous week it was announced the BMW
was shot is being auctioned for the same price.
City of Stars
La La Land
won the Oscar for "Best Original Song" at the 89th Academy Awards.
(Which also kept
from completing an EGOT for the also nominated
How Far I'll Go
announced she will not be headlining this year's Coachella Festival.
Her doctor recommended she stay home due to her pregnancy.
inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year,
becoming the first rapper to be inducted.
one-time drummer and
one of Hip-Hop's most sampled drummers, passed away at the age of 73.
Brown's 1970 single for
was sampled over 1,000 times, including
Fight the Power,
F*ck tha Police,
LL Cool J's
Mama Said Knock You Out,
(In Memoriam: April 18, 1943 – February 18, 2017)
was this year's big winner at the
The 2017 Grammy Awards.
She took home "Album of the Year" and "Best Pop Vocal Album" for
won "Record of the Year", "Song of the Year", and "Best Pop Solo Performance".
Other winners included:
• Chance The Rapper
for "Best New Artist", "Best Rap Album", and "Best Rap Performance"
• Stressed Out by
Twenty One Pilots
for "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance"
Don't Let Me Down by
The Chainsmokers (feat. Daya)
for "Best Dance Recording"
for "Best Urban Contemporary Album"
• Humble and Kind by
for Best Country Song
And David Bowie
won "Best Rock Song", "Best Rock Performance", and "Best Alternative Music Album" posthumously for
Mary Tyler Moore
(of the iconic Mary Tyler Moore Show)
passed away at the age of 80
from cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by pneumonia after having been placed on a respirator the previous week.
(In Memoriam: December 29, 1936 – January 25, 2017)
is being sued for $20 million dollars by the estate of the late Messy Mya (Anthony Barre) for
allegedly using two of her lines at the beginning of
was sentenced to 3 years probation for punching an off-duty cop during a pickup basketball game.
The charges were finally settled from the June 2015 incident.
Carrie Underwood and
will perform at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards this February 12th.
The nominees for Album of the Year are:
Adele for 25,
Beyoncé for Lemonade,
Drake for Views,
Justin Bieber for Purpose,
for A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.
And for Song of the Year:
I Took a Pill In Ibiza
by Mike Posner ,
by Lukas Graham ,
by Justin Bieber
Bonnaroo announced its lineup. The headliners are
U2 (as part of their Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour),
Red Hot Chili Peppers,
The Weeknd and
Chance the Rapper.
The music festival will take place June 8th-11th in Manchester, TN.
City of Stars
La La Land
won the 2017 Golden Globe for Best Original Song. The other nominees were:
• Can't Stop The Feeling
by Justin Timberlake
from the movie Gold.
by Stevie Wonder
and Ariana Grande
and How Far I'll Go
by Auli'i Cravalho
announced in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their 1987 album
The Joshua Tree, they will launch
an international tour from May to August where they play the album in it's entirety.
Kendrick Lamar and
will headline Coachella this year. Coachella 2017 takes place the weekends of April 14th and April 21st.
was arrested after refusing to leave the stage at the Big Show in Detroit.
After he went over his set time, security tried to get him off the stage.
He starting dismantling and throwing stage equipment, hitting one police officer in the head in the process.
Police arrested him for malicious destruction of property and for resisting and obstructing arrest.