Year in Review: Biggest Musical Moments of 2014

PicMonkey CollagA                                 As 2014 comes to an end, we remember some of the biggest musical happenings of the year. Here are the events that make our Top Five (in chronological order)!

1. Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers rocked Halftime at  Superbowl XLVIII.

In freezing temperatures of a New York winter, Bruno Mars managed to heat up Metlife stadium with one of the most memorable performances of the year. It began with a children’s choir singing Billionaire before Mars took to the drums. Everything from the music to the outfits was filled with excitement. And of course ended with the Red Hot Chili Peppers controlling the stage.

2. OutKast made their comeback.

To celebrate 20 years together the duo toured for over 40 festivals between spring and fall 2014. This included  headlining at Coachella, CounterPoint and more, as well as returning to ATL for OutKast: #ATLast on September 27th.

3. The Allman Brother’s Band played their final show together.

After 45 years playing together, The Allman Brother’s Band took their final bow as a group on October 28, 2014  at The Beacon Theater in NY after four hours of music and a short speech by Gregg Allman. If the memory of this gets you feeling sentimental, just remember that the band’s members plan on focusing on their solo careers, so the music isn’t entirely finished.


4. Everyone feared 2014 would be the first year since 1976 with NO Platinum albums.

In October 2014, Forbes feared that because of the rise in digital singles sales, no album released in 2014 would hit the platinum mark in 2014.

It wasn’t.

Taylor Swift’s 1989 was the first 2014 album to go Platinum, selling 1.3 million copies during the first week of it’s release. Sam Smith’s (sold out at The Fox 1/9/15) In the Lonely Hour went Platinum at the end of November. And Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt was the only country album of the year to sell over 1 million copies, receiving its platinum distinction earlier this week.

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5. Straight No Chaser released a Christmas Song for the Tech Generation.

Text Me Merry Christmas, is a song that seems like a big joke, but A Capella group Straight No Chaser’s newest song featuring Kristen Bell truly embodies the relationships of today’s 20-somethings. Listen to it now!


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