Kaleidoscope 2009: Important Music Events (Part 1/4)

Kaleidoscope 2009: Important Music Events (Part 1/4)

Aretha Franklin performed at Barack Obama's inauguration concert, Blink-182 announced reunion and Michael Jackson mapped out 'This Is It' concert.
In celebration of new year which comes around the corner, several major events and important announcements happening in music are compiled. Among those many things that need to be remembered, Aretha Franklin's performance at Barack Obama's presidential inauguration, Blink-182's reunion confirmation and Michael Jackson's "Final Curtain Call" announcement are chosen as highlighted events. On top of that, AceShowbiz also takes readers to look back at music videos which have been premiered in the first quarter of the year.



Aretha Franklin on Obama's Inauguration

Aretha Franklin delivered Samuel Francis Smith-written patriotic song "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at Barack Obama's presidential inauguration in Washington D.C. on January 20. Two days prior to her performance at the free gig, another party celebrating Obama's presidential victory was also held, this time featuring live performances from such big stars as Beyonce Knowles, Bruce Springsteen and will.i.am. Following the star-studded concert on the next day was "Kids' Inaugural: We Are the Future" with Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus rocking the event.

  • Other major events of the month:
  • Jan 07: Chris Brown won 2 kudos at the 35th Annual People's Choice Awards.
  • Jan 07: Led Zeppelin's manager confirmed that the rock band have split for good.
  • Jan 13: Jermaine Dupri confirmed his exit from Def Jam.
  • Jan 17: Britney Spears took home 2 prizes at the 10th Annual NRJ Music Awards.
  • Jan 20: Aretha Franklin sang at Barack Obama's inauguration party.
  • Jan 21: Britney Spears' song "If U Seek Amy" got warning from Parents TV Council.
  • Jan 26: Lil Wayne's first rock-inspired song titled "Prom Queen" was leaked.
  • Jan 28: David Archuleta announced 2009 North American tour dates.
  • Jan 28: Adrienne Bailon confirmed The Cheetah Girls' break-up rumor.
  • Jan 28: Kelly Rowland parted ways with manager Mathew Knowles.
  • Jan 30: Taylor Swift announced first headlining tour dates.


Blink-182 announcing reunion

After four years in hiatus, Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker announced Blink-182's reunion at 2009 Grammy Awards on Feb 8. Taking the stage of STAPLES Center just after Jonas Brothers and Stevie Wonder's duet performance, Hoppus said, "Isn't it great to see the Jonas Brothers and Stevie Wonder back together again?" Barker then added, "We used to play music together, and we decided we're going to play music together again."

  • Other major events of the month:
  • Feb 01: Ariel Moore confirmed her departure from Clique Girlz.
  • Feb 03: Lily Allen announced 2009 North American tour dates.
  • Feb 08: Robert Plants and Alison Krauss dominated the 51st Annual Grammy Awards with five kudos.
  • Feb 08: Blink-182 announced reunion at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.
  • Feb 12: Jennifer Hudson scooped three gongs at the 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards.
  • Feb 12: Limp Bizkit announced reunion on their official website.
  • Feb 17: Christina Milian was signed to The-Dream's label, Radio Killa Records.
  • Feb 18: Duffy swept three nods at 2009 BRIT Awards.
  • Feb 18: Jennifer Hudson announced 2009 tour dates with Robin Thicke.
  • Feb 25: No Doubt announced 2009 summer tour dates with Paramore.
  • Feb 25: Jonas Brothers were voted Worst Band at 2009 Shockwaves NME Awards.
  • Feb 28: Clique Girlz recruited Sara Diamond to replace Ariel Moore.


Michael Jackson announcing This Is It Tour

Four months before his sudden death, Michael Jackson held a press conference at London's O2 Arena on March 5, announcing his "Final Curtain Call" for This Is It concerts. Following the announcement, AEG Live, which is in charge of promoting the gig, reveals 10 dates which started from July 8. Shortly after the tickets for the shows were made available for pre-order, they were sold out. Due to "an unprecedented level of demand" and "incredible level of interest", the concert promoter then announced additional 40 dates.


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