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2014 in Review So Far (Music News)

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2014 is halfway over, and there have already been so many things that have happened in the world of music. This year news included eventful album releases (including one that is posthumous), various notable performances, a few legal news, and some passings (including legends of folk and soul). Here are some of what went down so far in 2014:

1. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: This year inductees were Kiss, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Cat Stevens, The E. Street Band, and for the Ahmet Ertegun Award; managers Andrew Loog Oldham and Brian Epstein.

2. Red Hot Chili Peppers: Band performed at the Super Bowl Halftime Show, but courted controversy when it was learned they weren’t live. Meanwhile, bassist Flea announced he is set to write a memoir, while drummer Chad Smith competed in a charity drum-off with actor/comedian Will Ferrell during the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. And yes, Smith and Ferrell were dressed like each other, in response of the talks of supposed similarities between the two.

3. Madonna: Have been coming under fire for her Instagram page, for allegedly using a racial slur while posting a photo of her son Rocco. Meanwhile, photos of her early days taken by late photographer Martin Burgoyne went up for auction.

4. Paul Simon: Singer-songwriter was arrested along with wife, singer Edie Brickell for disorderly conduct, following a domestic dispute. Charges were later dropped.

5. Sothebys: Rock memorabilia, including a song draft from Bob Dylan and poems from John Lennon went on the auction block, fetching in millions.

6. Michael Jackson: A hologram of his likeness was projected at the Billboard Awards. Later that year, the posthumous Xscape was released, cracking the top ten.

7. Album news: Meanwhile, Black Sabbath’s 1970’s works became available on iTunes, Led Zeppelin reissued their first three albums, Bruce Springsteen released High Hopes, and Neil Young released a surprise album on vinyl, while Prince released a surprise single.

8. Paul McCartney: Illness hindered the Asian leg of his tour. He is now recovered.

9. Passings: So far this year, we said goodbye to Everly Brothers Phil Everly, Folk Icon Pete Seeger, Comets’ Guitarist Franny Beecher, Stooges Scott Asheton, Songwriter Gerry Coffin and Soul Legend Bobby Womack. Two Rock Hall connections that also passed on were Al Green guitarist Teenie Hodges and music exec and songwriter Anna Gordy Gaye (ex-wife of Marvin Gaye and brother of Berry Gordy).