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- During the year 2005, 12 rock music albums scored number 1 in the USA. This was the first time even ten albums have scored number 1 since 1996.
- 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 fights with the band.
- January 22 - Tsunami Relief concert 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 conducted a concert in Vancouver, British Columbia for tsunami relief.
- January 31 - Jon Levasseur leaves Cryptopsy, saying he has lost interest in Extreme Music.
- February 7 - BRIT Awards are held in London. Scissor Sisters, Keane, Franz Ferdinand, and Joss Stone are among the winners.
- February 15 - Sonny Mayo replaces Clint Lowery in Sevendust.
- February 22
- February 28 - Static-X fires Tripp Eisen because of his arrest for sex offences involving a minor.
- Spring - All Ends Hired Fredrik Johansson.
- March 7 - Koichi Fukuda immediately replaces Tripp Eisen in Static-X & rejoins them after 5 years.
- March 26 - Australian drummer of Crowded House, Paul Hester, is found dead in Melbourne's Park.
- April - Country music legend Kenny Rogers signs a major worldwide record deal with Capitol Records.
- April 3 - Alice in Chains original bass player Mike Starr is arrested for "investigation of property destruction and theft". He was also sentenced to 30 days for misdemeanor drug possession in April 1994, two years after being replaced from the group during the recording of Dirt.
- April 9 - Destiny's Child launch their World Tour Destiny Fulfilled ... And Lovin' It in Hiroshima, Japan.
- April 26 - Propagator Records is launched in Birmingham, UK.
- May/June - Operation Ivy/Rancid bassist Matt Freeman is diagnosed with lung cancer.
- May 2 - Legendary blues-rock group Cream reunites for four shows in London's Royal Albert Hall.
- May 6 - Audioslave becomes the first American rock group to perform a free outdoor concert in Cuba.
- May 21 - The Los Angeles, California 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 25 - Carrie Underwood wins the fourth season of American Idol.
- 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 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 Bullet in a Bible at the 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 2 - Live 8 benefit concerts are held around the world, as part of the Make Poverty History campaign.
- July 11 - The Chemical Brothers release their single, "The Boxer".
- July - The Blackbirds form in Auckland, New Zealand.
- August - The Cure frontman Robert Smith announces that the band plans to record their 13th studio album in the fall for release in the following year.
- September - A statue of Edward Elgar by Jemma Pearson is unveiled near Hereford Cathedral.
- September 9 - The band Scooter perform at the All-State Arena in Chicago, IL, their first performance in the United States.
- September 10 - The Italian rocker Luciano Ligabue attracts a European record number of spectators with a concert at Campovolo, in Reggio Emilia.
- September 14 - Britney Spears gives birth to her first child, a baby boy named Sean Preston with husband Kevin Federline.
- 1 October - Sentenced Plays Their Final Show.
- October - Jeff Martin leaves The Tea Party due to Creative Differenecs, also ending the band's 15 year stretch.
- October 15 - Media reported that Latin star Luis Miguel released his own vintage of wine, "Unico. Luis Miguel", a Cabernet Sauvignon.
- October 21 - Nightwish perform at the Hartwall Areena, later to be released as the End of an Era DVD. The following day, singer Tarja Turunen is dismissed in an open letter.
- November 6 - Madonna earns her 36th Top Ten single with Warner Bros. Records-based, ABBA-sampled "Hung Up". This ties her with Elvis Presley for the most Top Ten singles. The Beatles have 34. "Hung Up" is also Madonna's 47th Top Forty single – the most for any female artist.
- November 15 - All female group Danity Kane is formed on MTV show Making The Band.
- November 20 - Madonna's Warner Bros. Records-based (Festival Mushroom Records in Australia) single, "Hung Up" takes the title as the ARIA #1 single.
- November 21 - Kate DeAraugo takes the title as Australian Idol 2005, ahead of Emily Williams.
- November 22
- November - Madonna's new album Confessions On A Dance Floor hits #1 in 40 countries, a new record. The Beatles previously held this record when The Beatles 1 went to #1 in 36 countries in 2000.
- November 30 - Apocalyptica change locations of the shoot of their DVD "The Life Burns Tour" from Erfurt, Germany (Dec. 2) to Düsseldorf, Germany (Dec. 4) due to Technical Reasons.
- 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.
- December 10
- Amnesty International launches its "Make Some Noise" music initiative.
- The Los Angeles, California 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, Quits 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.
- Nelly Furtado's final single, "All Good Things (Come To An End)" is released and takes the title as the last single to be on the Loose album which is to be released in June 2006.
- 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.
- December 31 - Mariah Carey earns her 17th #1 single with "Don't Forget About Us", tying with Elvis for second as the act with the most #1 singles. The Beatles have 20. She also becomes the first act to perform live in Times Square on the Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve television special on this day.
- Glue Gun reforms after eight years, with frontman Bob Oedy the only original member. The new line-up is Bob Oedy (vocals), Joey Rimicci (guitars), Brian Priess (bass) and Andy Alverez (drums). Rimicci and Priess were previously members of Jughead's Revenge.
See Category:Musical groups established in 2005
- Ace Troubleshooter
- Atomic Kitten
- Autopilot Off
- Avoid One Thing
- Bear vs. Shark
- Blink-182 (Reformed in 2009)
- The Calling
- Canvas (hiatus)
- Curl Up and Die
- Dirtie Blonde
- Do As Infinity
- Destiny's Child
- Dynamite Boy (Reformed in 2008)
- Eiffel 65 (Reformed in 2010)
- The Get Up Kids (Reformed in 2008)
- Hey Mercedes
- Home Grown (hiatus)
- Hot Snakes
- Ikara Colt
- Jump, Little Children
- Leftover Salmon
- Million Dead
- Motor Ace
- The O.C. Supertones
- One Dollar Short
- Q and Not U
- Riddlin' Kids
- Rocket from the Crypt
- S Club 8
- The Tea Party
- Trust Company (Reformed in 2007)
- The Urge
- XTC (hiatus?)
- Alice in Chains
- Backstreet Boys (Hiatus since 2002)
- Junior M.A.F.I.A.
- Van der Graaf Generator
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Day Album Artist Notes 1 Ta Prota Chronia Peggy Zina Compilation 5 SuperJunior05 (TWINS) Super Junior Un Autre Univers Tina Arena 6 Curtain Call: The Hits Eminem Compilation Tha Carter II Lil Wayne See You On The Other Side Korn 12 A Place I've Never Been Kate DeAraugo 13 Killadelphia Lamb of God Live Barrio Fino en Directo Daddy Yankee A Little More Personal (Raw) Lindsay Lohan 20 The Breakthrough Mary J. Blige 27 Unpredictable Jamie Foxx
Billboard Top 200 number-one albums
Billboard Hot 100 Number one hits of 2005
Top 100 best-selling albums of the year (U.S.)
Alphabetical list of top hits
- "1, 2 Step" — Ciara featuring Missy Elliott
- "1 Thing" — Amerie
- "All About Us" — t.A.T.u.
- "All Because of You" — U2
- "All These Things That I've Done" — The Killers
- "American Baby" — Dave Matthews Band
- "Axel F" — Crazy Frog
- "B.Y.O.B." — System of a Down
- "Because of You" — Kelly Clarkson
- "Behind These Hazel Eyes" — Kelly Clarkson
- "Bend and Break" — Keane
- "Best of You" — Foo Fighters
- "Better Days" — Goo Goo Dolls
- "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" — Green Day
- "Boyfriend" — Ashlee Simpson
- "Breakaway" — Kelly Clarkson
- "Breathe (2 AM)" — Anna Nalick
- "Call on Me" — Eric Prydz
- "Candy Shop" — 50 Cent featuring Olivia
- "C'est les vacances" — Ilona Mitrecey
- "Change Your Mind" — The Killers
- "City of Blinding Lights" — U2
- "Cool" — Gwen Stefani
- "Dakota" - Stereophonics
- "Dance, Dance" — Fall Out Boy
- "DARE" — Gorillaz
- "Determined" — Mudvayne
- "Dirty Little Secret" — The All-American Rejects
- "DOA" — Foo Fighters
- "Don't Bother" — Shakira
- "Don't Cha" — Pussycat Dolls
- "Don't Forget About Us" — Mariah Carey
- "Don't Lie" — The Black Eyed Peas
- "Don't Phunk with My Heart" — The Black Eyed Peas
- "Don't Tread on Me" — 311
- "Everybody's Changing" — Keane
- "Feel Good Inc." — Gorillaz
- "Fix You" — Coldplay
- "Four to the Floor" — Starsailor
- "Fuck Them All" — Mylène Farmer
- "Galang" — M.I.A.
- "Gasolina" — Daddy Yankee
- "Get Right" — Jennifer Lopez
- "Good Is Good" — Sheryl Crow
- "Grillz" — Nelly
- "Happy?" — Mudvayne
- "Hard to Beat" - Hard-Fi
- "Hate It or Love It" — The Game featuring 50 Cent
- "Have a Nice Day" — Bon Jovi
- "Helena" — My Chemical Romance
- "Holiday" — Green Day
- "Hollaback Girl" — Gwen Stefani
- "Hung Up" — Madonna
- "Hypnotize" — System of a Down
- "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" — My Chemical Romance
- "Incomplete" — Backstreet Boys
- "Inside Your Heaven" — Carrie Underwood
- "La Tortura" — Shakira featuring Alejandro Sanz
- "Le Casse de Brice" — Jean Dujardin
- "Let Me Love You" — Mario
- "Lonely" — Akon
- "Lonely No More" — Rob Thomas
- "Lose Control" — Missy Elliott featuring Ciara
- "Lyla" — Oasis
- "Ma Philosophie" — Amel Bent
- "Mind's Eye" — Wolfmother
- "Mon Plus Beau Noël" - Johnny Hallyday
- "My Humps" — The Black Eyed Peas
- "Numb/Encore" — Jay-Z and Linkin Park
- "Obsession" — Frankie J featuring Baby Bash
- "Oh" — Ciara featuring Ludacris
- "Ohio Is for Lovers" — Hawthorne Heights
- "Only" — Nine Inch Nails
- "Perfection" — Dannii Minogue
- "Photograph" — Nickelback
- "Pieces" — Sum 41
- "Pon de Replay" — Rihanna
- "Popcorn" — Crazy Frog
- "Precious" — Depeche Mode
- "Pretty Vegas" — INXS
- "Radio/Video" — System of a Down
- "Rich Girl" — Gwen Stefani featuring Eve
- "Run It!" — Chris Brown featuring Juelz Santana
- "San ou (la rivière)" - Dezil'
- "Santiano" - Star Academy 5
- "Scars" — Papa Roach
- "Schnappi, das kleine Krokodil" — Schnappi
- "Shake It Off" — Mariah Carey
- "Since U Been Gone" — Kelly Clarkson
- "Soldier" — Destiny's Child featuring T.I. and Lil Wayne
- "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" — U2
- "Somewhere Only We Know" — Keane
- "Speed of Sound" — Coldplay
- "Start the Fire" — Alcazar
- "Stay Fly" — Three 6 Mafia featuring Young Buck & 8Ball & MJG
- "Stickwitu" — Pussycat Dolls
- "Sugar, We're Goin Down" — Fall Out Boy
- "Talk" — Coldplay
- "The Ghost of You" — My Chemical Romance
- "The Hand That Feeds" — Nine Inch Nails
- "The Importance of Being Idle" — Oasis
- "The Suffering" — Coheed and Cambria
- "These Words" — Natasha Bedingfield
- "This Is How a Heart Breaks" — Rob Thomas
- "Trapped in the Closet" — R. Kelly
- "Twisted Transistor" — KoЯn
- "Un Monde parfait" — Ilona Mitrecey
- "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield
- "Wake Me Up When September Ends" — Green Day
- "We Belong Together" — Mariah Carey
- "What Car" - Cliff Richard
- "When I'm Gone" - Eminem
- "Wordplay" — Jason Mraz
- "You and Me" - Lifehouse
- "You Raise Me Up" - Westlife (UK)
- "You're Beautiful" — James Blunt
- "Your Time Has Come" — Audioslave
- Louis Andriessen - De Opening
- Joël-François Durand - String Quartet
- Lorenzo Ferrero - Maciulli Mexihcateteouch - Five Aztec Gods
- Christian Forshaw - Mortal Flesh
- Philip Glass - Symphony No. 8
- Alun Hoddinott - Celebration Fanfare (one-off composition for the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales)
- Karl Jenkins - Requiem: In These Horizons Stones Sing
- Peter Maxwell Davies
- Naxos Quartet No. 6
- Naxos Quartet No. 7
- Krzysztof Penderecki - Symphony No. 8 Lieder der Vergänglichkeit
- Einojuhani Rautavaara
- Book of Visions for orchestra
- Manhattan Trilogy for strings
- Karlheinz Stockhausen –
- Freude (Joy) for two harps
- Himmels-Tür (Heaven's Door) for a percussionist and a little girl
- Stephen Warbeck - Peter Pan (ballet)
- Ian Wilson - Sullen Earth (concerto)
- Mark Adamo - Lysistrata, or The Nude Goddess
- John Coolidge Adams - Doctor Atomic
- Philippe Boesmans - Julie
- Richard Danielpour - Margaret Garner
- Matthew Dewey - The Death of Chatterton
- Lorenzo Ferrero - La conquista
- Nicholas Lens - The Accacha Chronicles Trilogy: Amor Aeternus - Hymns of Love
- Lorin Maazel - 1984
- Roger Waters - Ça Ira
- Acorn Antiques: The Musical! opens at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, in February.
- The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Broadway production opens at the Circle in the Square Theatre on May 2.
- All Shook Up (Joe DiPietro) - The Broadway production opens at the Palace Theatre on March 24 and runs for 213 performances.
- Billy Elliot the Musical (Elton John & Lee Hall) opens at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London, in March.
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - The Broadway production opens at the Foxwoods Theatre (then the Hilton Theatre) on April 28 and runs for 285 performances.
- Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - Broadway production opens at the Imperial Theatre on March 3 and runs for 627 performances
- Good Vibrations opens at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on February 2 and runs for 94 performances
- Hoy No Me Puedo Levantar opens at the Rialto Theatre, Madrid.
- Lennon (John Lennon, Don Scardino) opens in San Francisco in April. The Broadway production opens at the Broadhurst Theatre on August 14 and runs for 49 performances
- The Light in the Piazza (Craig Lucas & Adam Guettel) - The Broadway production opens at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on April 18 and runs for 504 performances.
- Little Women (Allan Knee, Mindi Dickstein & Jason Howland) - The Broadway production opens at the Virginia Theatre on January 23 and runs for 137 performances
- Monty Python's Spamalot opens at the Shubert Theatre in Chicago on January 9.
- One Life: A Musical Story of the Life of Joseph Smith - Written by Kari Skousen & Rebecca Thompson-Duvall; Directed by Skousen
- The Woman in White Broadway production opens at the Marquis Theatre on November 17 and runs for 109 performances.
- Boss'n Up (December 6)
- Mrs Henderson Presents starring Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins and Will Young
- The Producers (December 16)
- Rent (November 23)
- August 3 - Owen Isabelle Landau, daughter of Michelle Branch and husband Teddy Landau
- September 14 - Sean Preston Federline, son of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline
- September 24 - Aiden Michael Bice, son of Bo Bice and wife Caroline Fisher.
- January 11
- January 15 - Victoria de los Ángeles, Catalan soprano, 81
- January 24 - June Bronhill, Australian soprano, 75
- January 28 - Jim Capaldi, British drummer and vocalist, 60
- January 30 - Martyn Bennett, Scottish bagpiper, 33 (cancer)
- February 1 - Franco Mannino, Italian composer, 80
- February 3 - David Hönigsberg, composer and conductor, 45
- February 8
- February 9 - Tyrone Davis, American soul singer, 66
- February 13 - Sixten Ehrling, Swedish conductor, 86
- February 16 - Marcello Viotti, Swiss conductor, 50 (stroke)
- February 28 - Chris Curtis, British drummer and vocalist, 63
- February 29 - Edward Patten, R&B/soul singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips), 65
- March 4 - Una Hale, soprano, 82
- March 6 - Tommy Vance, DJ, 63
- March 9
- March 10 - Danny Joe Brown, former lead singer of Molly Hatchet, 53 (kidney failure)
- 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 27
- 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 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 19
- April 23 - Robert Farnon, composer, arranger, 87
- April 25 - Hasil Adkins, American rockabilly musician, 67
- April 28 - Percy Heath, jazz musician, 81
- May 8 - Nasrat Parsa, Afghan singer, 36 (murdered)
- May 10 - David Wayne, former singer of Metal Church, 47 (injuries resulting from car crash)
- May 14 - Jimmy Martin, bluegrass musician, 77
- May 22 - Thurl Ravenscroft, US singer, 91
- May 25
- May 29 - George Rochberg, composer, 86
- June 13 - David Diamond, American composer, 89
- June 14 - Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor, 91
- June 17 - Karl Mueller, bassist of Soul Asylum, 41
- June 30 - Clancy Eccles, ska/reggae singer, 64 (complications after heart attack)
- July 1
- July 11 - Frances Langford, US singer and actress, 91
- 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 23 – Myron Floren, accordionist, 85
- July 27 - Robert Wright, songwriter, 90
- July 29 - Hildegarde, US singer, 99
- August 4 - Little Milton, blues musician,70
- August 6 - Carlo Little, British studio musician, drummer, 67
- August 13 - Arnold Cooke, British composer, 98
- August 21 - Robert Moog, electronic music pioneer, 71
- August 22 - Luc Ferrari, composer, 76
- August 26 - Denis D'Amour, guitarist of Voivod, 45
- September 1 - R. L. Burnside, blues musician, 78
- September 10 - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, blues musician, 81
- September 15
- September 17 - Alfred Reed, American composer of concert band music, 84
- September 18
- September 19 - William Vacchiano, trumpet player, 93
- October 18 - Marshall Rohner, guitarist for TSOL, The Cruzados, 42
- October 22 - Franky Gee (Captain Jack), 43 (cerebral haemorrhage)
- October 31 - John "Beatz" Holohan, drummer for Bayside, 31
- November 4 - Mana Nishiura, drummer (Shonen Knife, DMBQ), 34 (car accident)
- November 6 - Minako Honda, Japanese singer, 38 (leukemia)
- November 10 - Gardner Read, American composer, 92
- November 20 - Chris Whitley, singer-songwriter, 45 (lung cancer)
- November 26
- 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 24 - Constance Keene, American pianist, 84
- December 25
- ARIA Music Awards of 2005
- 2005 BRIT Awards
- Eurovision Song Contest 2005
- Grammy Awards of 2005
- Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005
- Juno Awards of 2005
- Mercury Prize 2005
- Triple J Hottest 100, 2005
- André Previn (laureate), Roman Potkoló (protégé)
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