This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 2005.
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January [ edit ]
January 1 – In most of Europe, copyright expired on a number of classic pop and rock-and-roll songs recorded in 1954 and earlier, including Bill Haley's " Rock Around the Clock", and "Only You" by The Platters. 
January 7 – Welsh punk band Mclusky officially announce their disbanding via their website. Weeks later, Welsh noisecore/punk band Jarcrew disband due to their drummer becoming a Jehovah's Witness – remnants of the two bands later went on to join forces and become Future of the Left.
January 17 – Prior to missing 2 live shows, Mike Tempesta is officially no longer part of Powerman 5000 due to fighting with the band.
January 22 – The Tsunami Relief concert is held at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales – the largest live music event in the UK since the Live Aid concert of 1985. Performers included Madonna, Eric Clapton, Jools Holland, Manic Street Preachers, Lulu, Aled Jones, Charlotte Church, Katherine Jenkins, Feeder, Snow Patrol, Liberty X.
January 29 – Avril Lavigne, Chantal Kreviazuk, the Barenaked Ladies, Raine Maida, and Sarah McLachlan conduct a concert in Vancouver, British Columbia, for tsunami relief.
January 31 – Jon Levasseur leaves Cryptopsy, saying he has lost interest in Extreme Music.
February [ edit ]
February 7 – The BRIT Awards are held in London. Scissor Sisters, Keane, Franz Ferdinand, and Joss Stone are among the winners.
February 13 - The 47th Grammy Awards are held in Staples Center, Los Angeles, California. Ray Charles become the big winner at the ceremony. Britney Spears earned her first Grammy in the category of Best Dance Recording for her hit single Toxic.
February 15 – Sonny Mayo replaces Clint Lowery in Sevendust.
After being silent since late 2004,
Blink-182 announce that they will be taking an indefinite hiatus, the news comes as a big shock for fans. According to guitarist Tom DeLonge, the band will not come completely inactive.
Brian Welch, guitarist of KoЯn, leaves the band after converting to Christianity.
February 28 – Static-X fires Tripp Eisen because of his arrest for sex offenses involving a minor.
Operation Ivy/ Rancid bassist Matt Freeman is diagnosed with lung cancer.
blues-rock group Cream reunites for four shows in London's Royal Albert Hall.
Linkin Park issues a press release demanding to end its contract with Warner Music Group, on the grounds that the label would fail to meet its "fiduciary responsibility to market and promote Linkin Park" due to cost-cutting efforts at the company. 
May 6 – Audioslave becomes the first American rock group to perform a free outdoor concert in Cuba.
May 17 - Kylie Minogue is diagnosed with breast cancer. Thus she has to cancel her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour.
May 21 – The Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM airs the 13th Annual Weenie Roast show with Alkaline Trio, Audioslave, Bloc Party, The Bravery, The Dead 60s, Foo Fighters, Hot Hot Heat, Interpol, Jimmy Eat World, The Killers, The Mars Volta, Mötley Crüe, MxPx, My Chemical Romance, Queens of the Stone Age and The Transplants.
May 22 – Tammin Sursok releases her debut and to date only album . Whatever Will Be
May 24 - Gorillaz release their second studio album, Demon Days.
May 25 – Carrie Underwood wins the fourth season of . American Idol
June 4 - Mariah Carey's " We Belong Together" became her 16th chart topper on the US Billboard Hot 100 considering her popularity between 2001 and 2004 had substantially declined and many had considered her career over. The song, then, spent 14 non-consecutive weeks at number one on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It made history when it became the first song to simultaneously occupy the number one position on nine Billboard charts on the week ending August 6, 2005: the Hot 100, Billboard Hot 100 Airplay, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Pop 100 Airplay, Top 40 Mainstream, Rhythmic Airplay Chart, Hot Dance Club Songs, and the Hot Ringtones charts.
June 9–11 – Download Festival 2006. Tool, Metallica and Guns N' Roses headline the main stage.
June 12 – Pink Floyd announce that they will reunite with former bassist Roger Waters, who left the band in 1985, on July 2 for the Live 8 London concert. This will be the first time the band played together as a quartet since The Wall tour in 1981, and the first public performance by Pink Floyd since 1994.
June 13 – Michael Jackson is found not guilty of child molestation.
June 14 - The Backstreet Boys came back and released their fifth studio album Never Gone after a nearly 5-year hiatus
June 15 – Destiny's Child announce they will disband upon completion of their world tour.
June 16 – Motörhead celebrate their 30th anniversary with a concert in the Hammersmith Apollo, which is later released on DVD.
June 18–19 – Green Day films their first ever live CD/DVD at the Bullet in a Bible National Bowl in Milton Keynes, England. They played to over 130,000 fans in two days.
June 21 – Billy Corgan announces that he wants to reform his popular alternative rock group The Smashing Pumpkins, which disbanded on December 2, 2000.
June 25 – Patti Smith curates the Meltdown festival.
July–August [ edit ]
July 2 – Live 8 benefit concerts are held around the world, as part of the Make Poverty History campaign.
July 6 - Lil' Kim is sentenced to a year and a day in prison for lying to a federal grand jury about her knowledge of suspects in a 2001 shooting outside a New York radio station. 
July 11 – The Chemical Brothers release their single, " The Boxer".
July 21 – Gigantour runs through to September 11, a festival organised by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine with bands including Dream Theater, Anthrax, Fear Factory and Nevermore.
August 9 - Staind releases , which becomes their third-straight studio album to reach #1 on the US Chapter V album charts. Billboard 200
August 18 - Interscope Records reports that Eminem has entered rehab for dependency on sleep medication. The rapper had canceled the European leg of the Anger Management 3 Tour two days earlier, citing exhaustion. A four-year hiatus would ensue until the release of the  album in 2009. Relapse
August 24-31 - The UNESCO-sponsored Fifth Sharq Taronalari (Melodies of the East) International Music Festival is held in Samarkand. 
August 26 – Rihanna releases her debut album , which debuts at number 10 on the US Music of the Sun . The album produced two singles that achieved international chart success, including first single " Billboard 200 Pon de Replay", which topped number 2 at the US . Billboard Hot 100
August 28 - Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight is shot in the leg at an MTV Video Music Awards pre-party in Miami. No one is ever charged in the shooting. 
September–October [ edit ]
November [ edit ]
December [ edit ]
December 3 - Marilyn Manson and Dita Von Teese hold a wedding ceremony in Ireland.
December 6 - Korn's seventh studio album, See You on the Other Side, debuts at number 3 on the . This is the first album without longtime guitarist Billboard 200 Brian "Head" Welch and is the last to feature original drummer David Silveria.
December 8 – The nominations for the 48th Grammy Awards are announced. The top-nominated artists include Mariah Carey, John Legend, and Kanye West, with eight nominations each. Other nominated artists include Gwen Stefani, Beyoncé Knowles (two of her own, plus four with Destiny's Child), Kelly Clarkson, and 50 Cent.
Amnesty International launches its " Make Some Noise" music initiative. The Los Angeles radio station
KROQ-FM airs the 16th annual Acoustic Christmas. On November 10, 2005, KROQ's official website announced that it will include Avenged Sevenfold, Fall Out Boy, Korn, Nine Inch Nails, Rise Against, System of a Down and Thrice for the first night. The second night is held the following day, as also announced at KROQ's official website on November 15, 2005 and includes The Bravery, Coldplay, Death Cab for Cutie, Depeche Mode, Hot Hot Heat, Jack Johnson, Nada Surf and The White Stripes.
December 11 – Peter Wichers leaves Soilwork.
December 15 - Madonna's Warner Bros. Records-based single, " Hung Up" sets a new record in the download charts by staying at #1 for 7 consecutive weeks. The single first appears on Z100 New York, closely followed by 2Day FM (Sydney), Fox FM (Melbourne) and Nova 96.9 (Sydney) other stations follow including: Mix 106.5 (Sydney), Mix 101.1 (Melbourne), Vega 95.3 (Sydney), Vega 91.5 (Melbourne) and the rest of the MIX FM stations.
December 21 – Elton John marries David Furnish in London. This marriage comes in the wake of new British laws affording gay unions the same legal protection enjoyed within straight marriages.
Also in 2005 [ edit ]
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Bands disbanded [ edit ]
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Albums released [ edit ]
January – March [ edit ]
April – June [ edit ]
July – September [ edit ]
The Essential Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden Compilation
Armand van Helden
Stars of CCTV
Young for Eternity
The Other Foot
The Crüxshadows DVD+EP
Tissues and Issues
Covering the Bases
Bronson Arroyo EP
The Day After Yesterday
Rick Springfield Covers album
Forged by Fire
Tony Iommi with
Hustle & Flow: Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture Various Artists
If These Streets Could Talk
The Living Room Tour
Carole King 2-disc; Live
The All-American Rejects
Permanent Record: The Very Best of Violent Femmes
The Violent Femmes Compilation
Speak for Yourself
Who You Fighting For?
El Sexto Sentido
Listen to Your Heart
Now That's What I Call Music! 19 Various Artists
There's a Fire
The Back Room
Drawing Restraint 9
Now That's What I Call Music! 61 Various Artists
Boys Night Out
All We Know Is Falling
Ana! Live in Amsterdam
Ana Popović First live album
Before the Blackout
Body of Song
This Godless Endeavor
Grown & Sexy
I Gotta Make It
The Concretes Compilation
Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101
Mutant Vol. 2
Twelve Eighteen, Pt. 1
Unleash the Fury
Angels & Vampires – Volume I
Sananda Maitreya Only available through
A Collection of Short Stories
Faith Hill Hill's fourth consecutive album to reach no. 1
Mr. Hollywood Jr., 1947
Armand van Helden
Roc-A-Fella Presents: Teairra Marí
Peace, Love & Truth
John Lennon Compilation
Why Should the Fire Die?
Front Parlour Ballads
Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen Various Artists
Looking for Lucky
Hootie & the Blowfish
Made in China
Searching for Jerry Garcia
Tommyland: The Ride
War Profiteering Is Killing Us All
The Suicide Machines
Road to Rouen
A Beautiful Lie
Thirty Seconds to Mars
The Dangermen Sessions Vol. 1
Madness Cover album
Den of Thieves
Discovering the Waterfront
Don't Tread on Me
Early 21st Century Blues
Greetings from Imrie House
The Click Five
Into the Rush
Aly & AJ
Livin' in the City
Fun Lovin' Criminals
Hilary Duff Compilation +3 new tracks
Reflection of Something
A Wilhelm Scream
Time Well Wasted
Win Lose or Draw
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Super Furry Animals
Everything in Transit
Found in the Flood
Harlem: Diary of a Summer
If You Speak Any Faster
Rebirth of a Nation
Sixty Six Steps
Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon
So Long, Scarecrow
The New Pornographers
We Are the Radio
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Year of Meteors
Silent Alarm Remixed
McFly Also available as limited edition
Abandon Your Friends
From Autumn to Ashes
A Different Kind of Pain
Healthy in Paranoid Times
Our Lady Peace
Brooks & Dunn
Protest the Hero
Means to an End
Music of the Sun
Death Cab for Cutie
Sisters of the Red Death
Heartbeats – Chris Rea's Greatest Hits
Chris Rea Japan, Compilation
Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our Cybernetic Arms
Jonathan Coulton EP
La Vie Théodore
Between the Buried and Me
Blood on the Wall
A Bigger Bang
The Rolling Stones
Ron Sexsmith & Don Kerr
How Late Do U Have 2BB4UR Absent?
George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars 2-Disc
Searching for a Former Clarity
Kimi to no Distance
The Guggenheim Grotto
Black & White 050505
Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
Life in Slow Motion
Welcome to Jamrock
Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking?
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Fresh Wine for the Horses
How To Save A Life
The Minstrel Show
The Naked Truth
Nice Talking to Me
Nothing Is Sound
Odditorium or Warlords of Mars
The Dandy Warhols
Return of the Champions
Brides of Destruction
Someone in Control
'Til the End of Forever
Michael Bolton Europe
Welcome to Jamrock
What the Game's Been Missing!
Where You Live
Are You Dead Yet?
Children of Bodom
The Party Ain't Over Yet
Safe as Fuck
Goldie Lookin Chain
BBC Live & In-Session
Motörhead Live Compilation
Bring 'Em In
Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Coheed and Cambria
Barbra Streisand with
Have a Nice Day
Earth, Wind & Fire
Live - Friday the 13th
Maroon 5 Live
The American Analog Set
Echo & the Bunnymen
Ten Thousand Fists
The Weight is a Gift
You Stand Watching
Give Me the Fear
Light + Shade
Piece by Piece
All Jacked Up
Apologies to the Queen Mary
David Crowder Band
A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Panic! at the Disco
Jacksonville City Nights
Live It Out
The Peoples Champ
Drake Bell Debut
Mission No. X
Real Live Thing
October – December [ edit ]
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Other international hit singles [ edit ]
Classical music [ edit ]
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January–February [ edit ]
January 15 – Victoria de los Ángeles, Catalan soprano, 81
January 21 – Kaljo Raid, Estonian cellist and composer, 83
January 24 – June Bronhill, Australian soprano, 75
January 25 - Ray Peterson, pop singer, 65
January 28 – Jim Capaldi, British drummer and vocalist, 60
January 29 - Eric Griffiths, guitarist ( The Quarrymen), 64
January 30 – Martyn Bennett, Scottish bagpiper, 33 (cancer)
February 1 – Franco Mannino, Italian composer, 80
February 6 - Merle Kilgore, singer-songwriter, 70
February 9 – Tyrone Davis, American soul singer, 66
February 12 – Sammi Smith, American singer-songwriter, 61
February 13 – Sixten Ehrling, Swedish conductor, 86
February 16 – Marcello Viotti, Swiss conductor, 50 (stroke)
February 25 - Edward Patten, R&B/soul singer ( Gladys Knight & the Pips), 65
February 28 – Chris Curtis, British drummer and vocalist, 63
March–April [ edit ]
March 4 – Una Hale, soprano, 82
March 6 – Tommy Vance, DJ, 63
March 10 – Danny Joe Brown, former lead singer of Molly Hatchet, 53 (kidney failure)
March 13 - Lyn Collins, soul singer, 56
March 16 - Justin Hinds, Jamaican ska vocalist, 62
March 21 – Bobby Short, singer, 80
March 22 – Rod Price, guitarist, 57 ( Foghat)
March 26 – Paul Hester, drummer for Crowded House and Split Enz, 46 (suicide)
March 28 – Moura Lympany, pianist, 88
March 30 – Derrick Plourde, former drummer Lagwagon and the Ataris, 33 (suicide)
April 2 – Alexander Brott, conductor and composer, 90
April 7 – Grigoris Bithikotsis, Greek singer, 82
April 10 – Norbert Brainin, Austrian violinist, 82
April 11 - Jerry Byrd, lap steel guitarist, 85
April 12 – Ehud Manor, Israeli songwriter, 63
April 13 – Johnnie Johnson, American pianist, 80
April 14 – John Fred, pop singer, 64
April 18 – Kenneth Schermerhorn, conductor, 75
April 21 - Cyril Tawney, traditional singer, 74
April 23 – Robert Farnon, composer, arranger, 87
April 25 – Hasil Adkins, American rockabilly musician, 67
April 28 – Percy Heath, jazz musician, 81
May–June [ edit ]
May 8 – Nasrat Parsa, Afghan singer, 36 (murdered)
May 10 – David Wayne, former singer of Metal Church, 47 (injuries resulting from car crash)
May 12 - Frankie LaRocka, rock drummer and producer, 51
May 14 – Jimmy Martin, bluegrass musician, 77
May 22 – Thurl Ravenscroft, US singer, 91
June 13 – David Diamond, American composer, 89
June 14 – Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor, 91
June 17 – Karl Mueller, bassist of Soul Asylum, 41
June 29 – Mikkel Flagstad, Norwegian saxophonist, 75
June 30 – Clancy Eccles, ska/reggae singer, 64 (complications after heart attack)
July–August [ edit ]
July 6 – Richard Verreau, operatictenor, 79
July 7 – Henri Betti, French composer and pianist, 87
July 11 – Frances Langford, US singer and actress, 91
July 14 - Michael Dahlquist, drummer ( Silkworm), 39 (car crash)
July 17 – Laurel Aitken, ska singer, heart attack, 78
July 18 – John Herald songwriter, musician, member of The Greenbriar Boys, 65
July 21 – Long John Baldry, R&B singer, 64
July 22 - Eugene Record, singer ( The Chi-Lites), 64
July 23 – Myron Floren, accordionist, 85
July 27 – Robert Wright, songwriter, 90
July 29 – Hildegarde, US singer, 99
August 1 – Al Aronowitz, American music journalist, 77
August 4 – Little Milton, blues musician,70
August 13 – Arnold Cooke, British composer, 98
August 16 - Vassar Clements, fiddler, 77
August 21 – Robert Moog, electronic music pioneer, 71
August 22 – Luc Ferrari, composer, 76
August 26 – Denis D'Amour, guitarist of Voivod, 45
September–October [ edit ]
September 10 – Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, blues musician, 81
September 17 – Alfred Reed, American composer of concert band music, 84
October 1 - Paul Pena, singer, songwriter and guitarist, 55
October 2 - Hamilton Camp, singer, songwriter and actor, 70
October 10 - Nick Hawkins, guitarist ( Big Audio Dynamite II), 40
October 12 - Baker Knight, songwriter and musician, 72
October 18 – Marshall Rohner, guitarist for T.S.O.L., The Cruzados, 42
October 20 - Shirley Horn, jazz singer and pianist, 71
October 22 – Franky Gee ( Captain Jack), 43 (cerebral haemorrhage)
October 31 – John "Beatz" Holohan, drummer for Bayside, 31 (road accident) 
November–December [ edit ]
November 4 – Mana Nishiura, drummer ( Shonen Knife, DMBQ), 34 (car accident)
November 5 – Link Wray, rock and roll guitarist and singer, 76
November 6 – Minako Honda, Japanese singer, 38 (leukemia)
November 10 – Gardner Read, American composer, 92
November 28 – Tony Meehan, former drummer of The Shadows, 62
November 29 – Deon van der Walt, tenor, 47 (shot)
December 8 – Danny Williams, singer, 63
December 9 – Mike Botts, drummer, 61
December 14 – Gordon Duncan, bagpiper and composer, 41
December 24 – Constance Keene, American pianist, 84
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-11-16 . Retrieved . 2006-07-28
^ "Linkin Park Refuses To Record For Warner". Blabbermouth.net. May 2, 2005 . Retrieved . April 5, 2013
^ Harris, Chris; Aswad, Jem (July 6, 2005). "Lil' Kim Gets A Year And A Day In Prison". MTV . Retrieved . April 5, 2013
^ Lamb, Bill. "Eminem in Rehab". About.com . Retrieved . April 5, 2013
^ Azerbaijan International, August 2005. Accessed 8 Sept 2014
^ "Suge Knight Recovering After Being Shot At Kanye West Party In Miami". MTV. August 28, 2005 . Retrieved . April 6, 2013
^ Nightwish – The Official Website Archived 2014-04-18 at the Wayback Machine.
^ McMillan, Robert (May 23, 2006). "Settlement Ends Sony Rootkit Case". PC World . Retrieved . April 5, 2013
^ UNESCO: Urtiin Duu: Traditional Folk Long Song
^ Nicola Benedetti (IMG Artist) Archived October 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
^ "NoobMusic Bayside Biography".
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