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The Year In Music: June 2010

June 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was a month of successful releases and summer concerts.

Among the new album releases this month are Mojo by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Miss America by Saving Abel, Shout It Out by Hanson, Tried & True by Clay Aiken, Time Flies… 1994-2009 by Oasis, Suddenly by Allstar Weekend, Up on the Ridge by Dierks Bentley, Lazarus by Travie McCoy, Sweet and Wild by Jewel, Further by the Chemical Brothers,Thank Me Later by Drake, Bingo! by the Steve Miller Band, Body Talk Pt.1 by Robyn, To the Sky by Kevin Rudolf, I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming by the Ready Set, Laws of Illusion by Sarah McLachlan, Something for Everybody by Devo, Love King by the Dream, and the latest Top 40 hits compliation: Now 34.

 

Despite being criticized for its simplistic lyrics and the subject of a copyright infringement case by the Beach Boys, Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” was the No.1 song in June 2010 and possibly the song of the summer.

 

Eminem releases Recovery, which was No.1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart for seven straight weeks and the highest selling album of the year.

 

The Vans Warped Tour, CMA Music Festival Fan Fair, and 18th Annual KROQ Weenie Roast are a few of the many summer concert tours and events that took place this month.

 

An international musical event was the 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick-off Celebration Concert, which was shown on American TV. Shakira, Alicia Keys, K’naan, and the Black Eyed Peas were among the performers.

 

Teen sensation Justin Bieber begins his “My World” Tour. Becoming the 10th highest grossing tour of the year, his 81 shows spread over across five continents and brought in over $48 million.

 

The CMT music awards took time to honor the best in their field.

 

The BET awards featured many musical moments, including this tribute to Michael Jackson.

 

Isley Brother Marvin Isley, jazz musician Fred Anderson, Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable, Parliament Funkadelic guitarist Garry Shider, trombonist Benny Powell, Pete Quaife of the Kinks, and country singer/ TV personality/ sausage maker Jimmy Dean are some of the musicians we lost this month.

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