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MUSIC IN 2015

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In a year where Adele broke multiple records and Apple launched its streaming music service, here is our rundown of the biggest music stories of the year:

 

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JANUARY:

– Synth pop trio Years & Years named the winners of the prestigious BBC Music Sound Of 2015

– Coachella 2015 line-up announced to include AC/DC, Jack White, and Drake

– Sony announced closure of its Music Unlimited streaming music service

– Jay-Z made a bid to acquire a Swedish streaming music company Aspiro

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FEBRUARY:

– BBC Radio 6 Music hits 2 million weekly listeners for first time

– UK Albums Charts incorporated music streams for first time

– Madonna releases new music video “Living For Love” on Snapchat

– Apple hired the UK’s biggest radio DJ, Zane Lowe to help boost its music service

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 MARCH:

– Launch of Jay-Z’s Tidal music streaming service

– Major music festivals banned selfie sticks

– Destiny’s Child reunited for the Stellar Gospel Music Awards

– Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Miley Cyrus among 2015 YouTube Music Awards Honorees

– Sia made history by winning songwriter of the year, the top honor at the APRA Music Awards, for the third successive time

– Beatport launched free streaming music app for mobile

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APRIL:

– Queen were confirmed as the most synced artist of 2014

– Pete Tong celebrated 20 years of Radio 1 in Ibiza

– Spotify out-grossed Candy Crush in the App Store

– Digital music revenues matched physical sales for the first time in 2014, due to strong growth in the streaming market

– The White Stripes and Metallica were amongst the year’s best-selling vinyl releases

– Relentless and MTV announced Nick Grimshaw as the new host of Soundchain

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MAY:

– Shazam added visual recognition to its music discovery app

– Taylor Swift broke Vevo records with her new ‘Bad Blood’ video

– Spotify announced a move into video clips and audio podcasts

– Starbucks coffee teamed up with Spotify to turn their baristas into ‘coffee shop DJs’

– Hozier scooped up best song with ‘Take Me To Church’ whilst Ed Sheeran won songwriter of the year at the Ivor Novello Awards

– Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea invaded the 80s in their new music video

– Blur topped the charts with their first album in twelve years

– Sony Music pulled songs from the SoundCloud pages of its biggest artists

– Pop icon Britney Spears partnered with Uber to premiere new single ‘Pretty Girls’ ft. Iggy Azalea

– “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” Documentary released

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JUNE:

– Apple Music tease fans with an exclusive Pharrell Williams track and upset artists over free trial plans

– Madonna launched a star-studded new music video on Tidal

– Taylor Swift’s latest album was withdrawn from Apple Music

– Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora were announced as the newest judges for X Factor, joining Cheryl and Simon Cowell on the panel

– Apple officially introduced their music streaming service

– Bastille’s ‘Pompeii’ revealed as the UK’s most streamed song of all time whilst the Arctic Monkeys were named the most streamed act

– Official Charts set to move to Fridays after 28 years broadcasting on a Sunday to tie in with the new global music release day

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JULY:

– Janet Jackson returned with new music for the first time in seven years

– Amazon moved into music ticket sales

– Spotify launched “Discover Weekly”, new personalised weekly recommendations playlist based on users personal tastes

– The number of weekly audio streams in the UK crossed 500 million for the first time

– The Black Eyed Peas mark their 20th anniversary with a new throwback track

– NME announced the legendary publication will become free of charge nationally through stations,universities and retail partners from September 2015

– UK release date moved, all releases across the globe to now come out on ‪‎Fridays

– Zane Lowe launched Apple’s first Beats 1 radio stream

– Florence’s Glastonbury performance generated the most positive buzz of the weekend

– “Amy” Winehouse documentary released

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AUGUST:

– Apple rebranded its annual music festival and announced exclusive live streams on Apple Music

– UK music videos with explicit content are given age ratings on YouTube and Vevo

– Boy George and Paloma Faith revealed as the newest judges to join The Voice UK

– One Direction’s “Drag Me Down” breaks streaming records

– Apple’s new music streaming service attracted 11 million trial members five weeks after launching the service

– “Straight Outta Compton” Dr. Dre Documentary released

– Amazon launched its streaming service bundled with its Prime delivery service

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SEPTEMBER:

– The first issue of the new ‘free print’ version of the NME launched with an exclusive Rihanna interview

– Global Radio rebranded its rock station XFM as the ‘male focused’ Radio X

– Sam Smith announced that he will perform the theme to the forthcoming James Bond film, Spectre

– Calvin Harris’ “Summer” track named most streamed song of the summer globally on Spotify

– Miley Cyrus hosted the MTV VMAs and Kanye West made an impassioned speech

– Ed Sheeran launched his new record label in partnership with Warner UK, appropriately named Gingerbread Man Records

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OCTOBER:

– Adele’s new single “Hello” melted YouTube view counters

– YouTube unveiled its paid subscription service

– Blank Space by Taylor Swift became the most viewed video on Vevo with over 1,232,777,634 billion views

– Ed Sheeran hit 500m Spotify streams for a single track

– The world’s biggest club festival (ADE) returned for it’s 20th year

– Wiz Khalifa’s ‘See you again’ reached 1 Billion YouTube views

– Early bird tickets for next year’s Glastonbury Festival sold out within 30 minutes

– Sam Smith made history with first ever official number one James Bond theme

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NOVEMBER:

– Jack Garratt was announced as the 2016 winner of the Brits Critics Choice award for new artists

– Adele’s ’25’ broke week one album sales records, scoring the fastest million-seller in history

– Bestival won Best Major Festival 2015 at the UK Festival awards

– Justin Bieber broke a global Spotify record with his new album ‘Purpose’ being streamed 205m times globally in it’s first week of release

– Adele released her much anticipated album ’25’

– Benjamin Clementine was named 2015 Mercury Prize winner for his debut album ‘At Least for Now’

– Coldplay announced their 2016 world tour kicking off the Thursday March 31st

– YouTube Music app was launched & Spotify launched a personalised concert feature

– Major Lazer’s “Lean On” grabbed the coveted title of most streamed song of all time

– Stormzy, Skepta and Krept and Konan were the big winners at the MOBO Awards

– The much-anticipated John Lewis Christmas advert went live, featuring Oasis’ Half The World Away performed by Aurora

– Katy Perry was named the world’s highest-paid woman in music in 2015

– Adele’s single “Hello” broke multiple global records

– One Direction played their final gig of their world tour before their self-proclaimed extended break

– Samsung were confirmed as sponsor for Rihanna’s forthcoming album ‘Anti’, as well as the accompanying tour in a £16m deal

– Apple announces record year with annual sales having risen by 28% to $233.4 bn

– Moving beyond music streaming, Tidal announced expansion to include original TV shows

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DECEMBER:

– Adele, Taylor Swift, Hozier and Jack Garratt were the big winners at the BBC Music Awards

– Rihanna announced her ‘Anti’ World Tour kicking off the 26th of February 2016

– ITV reportedly charged up to £200,000 for 30 seconds Ads in the weekend’s X Factor final

– The Red Hot Chili Peppers were announced as 2016 Reading & Leeds headliners

– Adele announced European and North American Tour starting the 29th of February in Belfast

– Tesco brought in their first range of vinyl

– Spotify named Drake the most streamed artists on the platform in 2015, while Ed Sheeran took the place of most streamed artist in the UK and most streamed artist of all time

– The Beatles’ catalogue debuted on multiple streaming services

– The Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir became the year’s Official Christmas No.1

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