The Top 20 Music Moments of 2011

 

July 15 // J.Lo and Marc Anthony Call It Quits

Where were you when Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony announced they were filing for divorce after seven years of marriage? Living life? Oh, well not the once-golden couple who got to work on controlling the story immediately. "This was a very difficult decision," they told People magazine in a joint statement. "We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters. It is a painful time for all involved and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time." The two were married in June 2004 in a private ceremony at Lopez's Beverly Hills estate and have two children together, three-year-old twins Emme and Max.

July 23 // Amy Winehouse Dead at 27

The loss of a young talent is one thing, but to lose someone with a once-in-a-generation voice like Amy Winehouse was a punch to the gut of fans the world over. Found in her London home on July 23, a coroner later revealed that the hard-partying singer died of accidental alcohol poisoning. Since her death, sales of her albums have skyrocketed (especially in the U.K., where "Back to Black" topped the charts for weeks) and Winehouse's family soon set up a foundation in her honor and endorsed an album of b-sides, rarities and unheard tracks, titled "Lioness," that debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 in mid-December. Producer Salaam Remi told Billboard that there is more unheard Winehouse music out there, "But it's not like there are eight albums worth of material we can continue on for the next 10 years."

July 30 // U2 Wraps Biggest Concert Tour Ever

Finally concluding in late July, U2's game-changing "360" tour grossed more money ($736,421,586) and sold more tickets worldwide (over 7 million) than any before it. The globetrotting stadium tour was a massive undertaking that included an initial yearlong setup and daunting upkeep once it began. However, its success is likely to have a huge impact on live music in the future. "This is what drives our business," said Live Nation's Global Touring chairman Arthur Fogel. "This is what gets people excited about going to shows, this is what proves that we are the real deal as an industry.

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