The Year in Music: September 2010

September 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was a month of TV events, celebrity arrests, and a lot of new music.

The most moving moment on the annual Stand Up to Cancer telethon was this tribute to those who had lost their lives from cancer, performed by Stevie Wonder, Martina McBride, and Aaron Neville.


Charo, David Archuleta, and 4 Troops were some of the performers at the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, which rose over 58 million dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


Justin Bieber becomes the youngest winner of a MTV Video Music Award with his Best New Artist win. Also at the ceremony, Lady Gaga wins eight awards and announces the title of her upcoming album (Born This Way), but all the attention goes to her dress, which was reportedly made out of animal meat.


Britney Spears makes a cameo appearance in Glee’s “Britney/Brittany” episode, in which various members of the cast perform five of her hits. The episode received higher ratings than the previous week’s season premiere.


“Just the Way You Are” singer Bruno Mars is arrested in Las Vegas for possession of cocaine, raising questions on whether or not this will affect his newfound fame. Mars later plead guilty and was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, complete 200 hours of community service, and finish a drug counseling program.


Rapper T.I. and his wife were also arrested for drugs, but the charges were later dropped. The arrest came on the same day that his “Get Back Up” single was released.


Rihanna released her debut single off of her Loud album, “Only Girl (In the World)”. It would go on to win the Grammy for Best Dance Recording, beating out singles by Lady Gaga and Robyn, among others.


Albums released this month included Maroon 5’s Hands All Over, Brandon Flowers’ Flamingo, Weezer’s Hurley, Linkin Park’s A Thousand Suns, Robyn’s Body Talk Pt.2, Selena Gomez & The Scene’s A Year Without Rain, Trey Songz’s Passion, Pain & Pleasure, the Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give, Shontelle’s No Gravity, Stone Sour’s Audio Secrecy, Chromeo’s Business Casual, Sara Bareilles’ Kaleidoscope Heart, Bad Religion’s The Dissent Of Man, Jimmy Eat World’s Invented, John Legend & The Roots’ Wake Up!, and Interpol’s self-titled album.


Some of the important people in music we lost in September 2010 included LFO’s Rich Cronin, calypso/soca musician Arrow, singer/TV star Eddie Fisher, saxophonist Ed Wiley, Jr., jazz bandleader Moe Zudekoff (Buddy Morrow), “(Do The) Mashed Potatoes” singer King Coleman, saxophonist Buddy Collette, and Lynyrd Skynyrd namesake Leonard Skinner.

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