Music was in the air
Saurav give an overview of some of the top musical events of the year
year 2008 saw even more
splash in the music world than ever before.
Face to Face announced that they will reunite for select shows
in the US and internationally.
The 50th Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center in Los
Angeles, California, USA.
February 26: The
Spice Girls do their last performace together of their tour The
Return of the Spice Girls in Toronto.
Erykah Badu makes a comeback with New Amerykah Part One (4th
The Eagles began a tour to promote their album, Long Road Out of
March 27: British
singer Leona Lewis topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 with her
debut single Bleeding Love, the first solo British female
singer to do so since Kim Wilde in 1987.
Mariah Carey’s new single, Touch My Body, from her
album E=MC2 is officially confirmed as her 18th
number one single in the United States making her the artist
with the second most number one hit singles behind the Beatles.
April 5: Mayor
Antonio Villaraigosa officially proclaimed April 15 as Mariah
Carey Day in Los Angeles, California, USA.
April 19: With her
single, I’m a Fire, Donna Summer became the first
artist to have a song reach number one on the Billboard Hot
Dance Club Play chart in every decade since the chart’s
inception in 1974.
April 27: Madonna
releases her eleventh studio album Hard Candy which debuts at #1
atop the Billboard 200 making her the female artist with second
most number one albums behind Barbara Streisand.
tabla maestro Kishan Maharaj dies.
May 16: The
Offspring began the first leg of their tour to promote their new
album, Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace.
May 24: The 53rd
Eurovision Song Contest final was held in Belgrade, Serbia. 43
countries competed in the event, and the contest was won by the
Russian entry with the Ukrainians coming second and the Greeks
June 6 and 7:
Foo Fighters played their biggest UK stadium shows at Wembley
Stadium in London.
June 13: R&B
superstar R. Kelly was acquitted of all charges in his child
George Michael began the American leg of his 25 Live tour in San
Diego, USA, his first U.S. tour in 17 years.
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, the first video game in the Guitar Hero
series was released.
The O2 Wireless Festival took place in London.
The EXIT Festival 08 took place in Novi Sad, Serbia.
July 20: The
Oxegen music festival took place in Kildare, Ireland. And the
All Good Music Festival took place in Masontown, West Virginia,
The Lollapalooza music festival took place in Chicago, USA.
Sziget Festival 2008 took place in Budapest, Hungary.
Madonna starts her Sticky & Sweet Tour which is set to
become the highest grossing tour for both a female and solo
September 2: New
Kids On The Block release their album The Block, their first
studio album in 15 years.
The 2008 MTV Video Music Awards event took place at Paramount
Metallica’s Death Magnetic is released.
Queen + Paul Rodgers release their studio album The Cosmos
Rocks, the first Queen album with a lead singer other than late
Pink scored her first solo number:one hit in her native USA,
with the song So What.
Former Beatle Paul McCartney made a single concert in Israel at
Tel Aviv park for the first time since The Beatles were banned
from Israel in 1965.
October 16: Britney
Spears sets a new record for the largest jump to number one on
the Billboard Hot 100, rising from number 96 to number one in
just one week, with her single Womanizer.
October 18: Rihanna
scores her fifth number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 (as a
featured artist on T.I.’s Live Your Life, which
followed SOS, Umbrella, Take a Bow, and Disturbia),
becoming the leading solo female artist with the most number
ones to have charted in this decade.
AC/DC become the first band to have their own version of the
video game Rock Band, following the release of AC/DC Live: Rock
Band Track Pack.
Nickelback release the much-anticipanted Dark Horse to follow up
2005s seven times’ platinum album, All the Right Reasons.
Guns N’ Roses release their first album containing original
material in 17 years, Chinese Democracy.
Billboard history along with rapper T.I. by both having two
singles simultaneously in the top four spots on the Billboard
Hot 100 chart.
Joel Feldman and Shayna Cohen rewrite the American classic
Baby, It’s Cold Outside, making it more suitable for the
December 20: Britney
Spears scores her first top ten debut on the Billboard Hot 100
with Circus selling 212,000 copies only with download
Chris Brown named
2008 Artiste of the Year by Billboard Magazine.