2009 in British music
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This is a summary of 2009 in music in the United Kingdom.
- 4 February - the Official Charts Company launches the Specialist Classical Albums Chart, developed in consultation with the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
- 8 February – At the 51st Grammy Awards, Coldplay win three awards including Song of the Year for Viva La Vida and Adele wins two awards including Best New Artist.
- 2 March – Elton John announces his latest tour with Billy Joel. The duo's previous tour, in 2003, grossed $USD 45.8 million from only 24 sellouts according to Billboard Boxscore.
- 4 April – Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney perform together (for the first time since 2002) at the Radio City Music Hall for the David Lynch Foundation.
- 11 April – Susan Boyle's version of the song "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical Les Misérables on Britain's Got Talent becomes a worldwide sensation, as it is seen over 200 million times on YouTube and other video outlets.
- 16 May - Alexander Rybak wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, for Norway. Within a couple of days, his song, "Fairytale", reaches the top ten in charts in most of Europe, including a No. 10 entry in the UK Singles Chart. Jade Ewen finishes 5th for the UK with "It's My Time".
- 17 July, 18 & 21 – Paul McCartney performs three sold-out concerts at Citi Field to open the stadium with The Script. On 15 August 1965, The Beatles had performed the first concert at Shea Stadium and McCartney joined Billy Joel on stage for the last concert there. Joel joined McCartney again on the first night.
- 28 August – After another fight with his brother Liam, Noel Gallagher leaves Oasis. Initial reports shortly afterwards suggested that Oasis had broken up, but Liam denied this. The remaining members of Oasis eventually decide to discontinue the band name and start recording under a new name, Beady Eye.
- 9 September – The entire catalogue of The Beatles is re-released as digital remasters with rare pictures, short documentaries, original and newly written liner notes with replicated original UK artwork for the first time since 1987.
- The Beatles: Rock Band is released.
- 16 September – Four of the Spice Girls reunite for dinner and drinks in London, the exception being Posh Spice, who was in Los Angeles. It was the first time all had reunited in public since their "Return of the Spice Girls Tour" in 2007/8.
- 21 September - Sugababes singer Keisha Buchanan leaves the group, surrounding days of speculation that arguments had occurred in the band. 2009 Eurovision song contest entrant Jade Ewen replaced her, leaving no members of the group's original lineup remaining.
- 11 October – Robbie Williams makes his first appearance on TV in over 3 years with "Bodies" on The X Factor.
- 24 October – Lock Up play their final show.
- 25 October – Cheryl Cole's début solo single "Fight For This Love" reaches number one.
- 20 December – Rage Against the Machine takes the Christmas number one slot in the United Kingdom with "Killing in the Name", after a massive Facebook campaign to prevent the winner of The X Factor from taking the slot once again.
- 26 December - Nowhere Boy, a biopic about the young John Lennon, is released in the UK.
Main article: 2009 in British music charts
- Richard Barrett – Mesopotamia, for 17 instruments and electronics
- Harrison Birtwistle – The Corridor, scena for two singers and ensemble
- John Brunning – Sahara (for guitar)
- Howard Goodall – Enchanted Voices
- John Tavener
- Tu ne sais pas, for mezzo-soprano, timpani and stings
- The Peace that Passeth Understanding (choral)
- Mark-Anthony Turnage – Five Processionals, for clarinet, violin, cello & piano
- Michael Nyman - Sparkie: Cage and Beyond
- British Male Solo Artist: Paul Weller
- British Female Solo Artist: Duffy
- British Breakthrough Act: Duffy
- British Group: Elbow
- British Live Act: Iron Maiden Somewhere Back in Time World Tour
- British Single: Girls Aloud "The Promise"
- Mastercard British Album: Duffy - Rockferry
- International Male Solo Artist: Kanye West
- International Female Solo Artist: Katy Perry
- International Group: Kings of Leon
- International Album: Kings of Leon - Only By the Night
- Critic's Choice: Florence And The Machine
- Outstanding Contribution to Music: Pet Shop Boys
- Producer's Award: Bernard Butler
- Male of the Year — Gustavo Dudamel
- Female of the Year — Alison Balsom
- Composer of the Year — Howard Goodall
- Young British Classical Performer — Alina Ibragimova
- Album of the Year — Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Spirit of the Glen–Journey
- Soundtrack of the Year — The Dark Knight — Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard
- Critics' Award — Sir Charles Mackerras/Scottish Chamber Orchestra — Mozart Symphonies nos. 38-41
- Lifetime Achievement In Music — José Carreras
- Contemporary Jazz Composition - Jason Yarde
- Best TV soundtrack - Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death
- Most performed work - Duffy, "Mercy"
- PRS most performed work - Coldplay, "Viva La Vida"
- Inspiration Award - Edwyn Collins
- Classical Music Award - James MacMillan
- Outstanding song collection - Vince Clarke
- Songwriter of the year - Eg White
Mercury Music Prize
- 9 January – Dave Dee, singer (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), 67
- 14 January – Angela Morley, conductor and composer, 84
- 15 January - Jean Adebambo, singer, 46 (suicide)
- 29 January – John Martyn, singer/songwriter, 60
- 9 February – Vic Lewis, jazz guitarist, 89
- 19 February - Kelly Groucutt, bass guitarist (Electric Light Orchestra), 63
- 1 March – Joan Turner, singer and actress, 86
- 10 April - Richard Arnell, composer, 91
- 17 July – Gordon Waller, singer (Peter and Gordon), 64
- 7 October - Helen Watts, operatic contralto, 81
- 12 October - Ian Wallace, singer, 90
- 15 November – Derek B, rapper, 44
- 24 November - Amy Black, operatic mezzo-soprano, 36 (heart condition)
- 2 December – Eric Woolfson, musician (The Alan Parsons Project), 64
- "Official Charts Company Launches Specialist Classical Chart". Official Charts Company. 4 February 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
- "Elton John And Billy Joel Kick Off Tour In Florida". Billboard. September 14, 2009. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
- "Eurovision 2009 Aftermath". BBC. 2009-05-18. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
- "Rage Against the Machine beat X Factor winner in charts". BBC News. 20 December 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
- British Composer Awards: Winners announced. Accessed 1 February 2013
- BBC News: "2009 Ivor Novello awards: The winners." Accessed 1 February 2013
- "Jean Adebambo, Brother Confirms Suicide", bamboo.co.uk, 28 January 2009, retrieved 2012-06-05
- Obituary in The Times