A Chronology of Rock Music - The 2000s

Excerpted from my book "A History of Rock and Dance Music"

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These, of course, are my personal opinions on when genres where invented, who invented them, and which were the most significant events. To understand how I justify these opinions you have to read my book "A History of Rock Music".

2000
  • Mum's Yesterday Was Dramatic Today Is Ok mixes glitch electronica, chamber instruments and folk-rock
  • Berlin's "Love Parade" becomes the largest dance event in the world, attended by almost one million people
  • 27 people die of ecstasy in just one year in England
  • Curtis Mayfield dies
  • Tomata du Plenty dies
  • 25,000 people attend the Burning Man festival at Black Rock Desert, which has become a city of art installations
  • The "Midi Music Festival" is held in Beijing, the first music festival in China
  • July: San Francisco hosts "Skratchcon", a conference for turntablists
  • French media giant Vivendi buys Seagram. Warner is the only "major" that is still American: Universal is now French, Sony is Japanese, EMI is British, BMG is German
  • Kevin Lewandowski launches discogs.com
  • Hossein Sharifi launches RateYourMusic
  • Other significant albums of the year: Spring Heel Jack's Disappeared
  • Independent labels founded in 2000 include: Def Jux
  • Hossein Sharifi[ founds rateyourmusic.com
2001
  • Larry Tee, owner of the "Luxx" club in Brooklyn, organizes the "Electroclash" festival, which establishes electroclash (a fusion of punk-rock and dance-music) as a stand-alone musical genre
  • Sales for the record industry slip 5% (first decline in ages)
  • Napster is found guilty of breaching copyright law
  • John Fahey dies
  • Sandy Bull dies
  • Fred Neil dies
  • Joey Ramone dies
  • Florian Fricke of Popol Vuh dies
  • "Puncture" ceases publication
  • Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom launch the file-sharing service "Kazaa"
  • 62 albums released by the Universal group sell more than 1 million copies in 2001
  • The file-sharing service Kazaa is founded in Amsterdam by Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis
  • After reaching 26 million users, Napster is forced to shut down by the recording industry, while new file-sharing systems are established worldwide (LimeWire and Morpheus in the USA, Kazaa in Sweden)
  • Other significant albums of the year: Solex's Low Kick And Hard Bop, Lofty Pillars's Amsterdam, Scott Tuma's Hard Again
2002
  • Dee Dee Ramone of the Ramones dies
  • Joe Strummer of the Clash dies at 50
  • Otis Blackwell dies at 72
  • The top-selling album of 2002 is a white rap album, Eminem's Show
  • The "Bonnaroo" festival is born as a jam-based marathon
  • EMI buys Mute
  • "Pulse" ceases publication
  • CD sales decrease 9%
  • Warner acquires Tommy Boy
  • Independent labels founded in 2002 include: Eastern Developments
  • The first "Projekt Revolution" tour promotes rap-rock fusion
2003
  • Apple introduces the on-line music service "iTunes", which sells 25 million songs by december
  • Universal reduces the price of CDs by 30%
  • Market shares: Universal 26.3%, BMG 16.7%, Warner 16.1%, Sony 13.7%, EMI 11.2%
  • The top-selling album of 2003 is a black rap album, 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin'
  • CD sales decrease 2%, from 649.5 million units in 2002 to 635.8 million units in 2003
  • Piero Scaruffi's "A History of Rock Music" is published
  • The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sues more than 260 individuals for sharing music on the Internet, including some children
  • The file-sharing system Rapidshare is founded in Germany, the file-sharing system TorrentSpy goes live in the USA, and The Pirate Bay bittorrent website opens in Sweden, and a poll reveals that 50% of USA citizens have downloaded music online
  • Warren Zevon dies at 56
2004
  • Ray Charles dies at 73
  • Robert Quine dies
  • British DJ John Peel dies
  • Johnny (Cummings) Ramone of the Ramones dies
  • 143 millions songs are downloaded legally in the USA
  • The RIAA files 750 lawsuits against file-sharing of music
2005
  • Robert Moog dies
  • Link Wray dies at 76
  • CD sales decrease 7% in the USA to $602.2 million, while music downloads more than doubled from $134 million to $332 million
  • 352 millions songs are downloaded legally in the USA
  • The file-sharing service Megaupload is founded in Hong Kong
2006
  • Wilson Pickett dies at 64
  • Syd Barrett dies at 60
  • Perry Cook and Dan Trueman found the Princeton Laptop Orchestra using software created by student Ge Wang
  • Arthur Lee dies at 61
  • James Brown dies at 73
  • Kazaa surrenders to the music industry
  • Global digital music sales double to about $2bn
  • The RIAA files a lawsuit against Russian-based Internet download service AllOfMP3.com for $1.65 trillion, while the file-sharing service Mediafire is founded in the USA
2007
  • Piero Scaruffi's "A History of Jazz Music" is published
  • "Live Earth" concerts are held all over the world to increase awareness of climate change
  • The first "Lightning in a Bottle" festival is held in California
  • The annual "CMJ Music Marathon" presents 1,000 indie rock bands
  • All four majors (Universal, EMI, Warner and Sony) start selling their music on Amazon's digital-music store in the unprotected mp3 format
  • Capitol becomes the first record label to sue a file-sharer, teenager Jammie Thomas
  • Gary Richards founds the Hard music festival
2008
  • Bo Diddley dies at 79
  • Richard Wright dies at 65
  • After passing the one-million torrents mark, TorrentSpy is forced to shut down
  • Digital downloads grow by 25% to $3.7 billion (including 1.4 billion songs), accounting for 20% of music sales, but the IFPI estimates that over 40 billion songs were illegally file-shared, which means that 95% of music downloads are illegal
  • The streaming music service Spotify debuts in Europe
  • The top-selling digital single is Lil Wayne's Lollipop with sales of 9.1 million units
  • Ethan Diamond and Shawn Grunberge launch the online platform Bandcamp
2009
  • Piero Scaruffi's "A History of Rock and Dance Music" is published
  • Michael Jackson dies at 50
  • Les Paul dies at 94
  • Digital sales account for 98% of all singles sold in the USA and Britain
  • File-sharing services rank among the Internet's most popular websites (Rapidshare is 26th, Mediafire is 63rd) and LimeWire is the largest free file-sharing software with over 70 million unique monthly users, while founders of Pirate Bay are sentenced to jail and the RIAA wins a lawsuit against college student Joel Tenenbaum for file-sharing songs
2010
  • Pop stars perform for the benefit "Hope for Haiti"
  • Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart) dies
2013
  • Lou Reed dies
2015
  • Daevid Allen dies
  • For the first time since 1999 the revenues of the music industry increase, with CDs accounting only for 39% of sales
2016
  • David Bowie dies
  • Paul Kantner dies
  • George Martin dies
  • Keith Emerson dies
  • Prince dies
  • The first Desert Trip festival is held in California

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