Azam Khan receives posthumous Ekushey Padak Long awaited dream of the country’s rock music industry finally came true. Legendary rock star Azam Khan received the Ekushey Padak (posthumous) for his outstanding contributions in the history of rock music industry. The year began with such a great news and hope for the music industry. In the upcoming years, many more deserving rock stars should get the prestigious Ekushey Padak in their lifetime | Facebook
Runa Laila releases Legends Forever Legendary singer Runa Laila dropped a new album towards the end of the year. The song of the album were composed by Runa in Bangla. The album, Legends Forever features big names of the music industry of the Indian Subcontinent. Asha Bhosle, Hariharan, Adnan Sami, and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan rendered their voices on different songs of the album. Runa sang a duet with Adnan Sami as well | Facebook
Trainwreck performs in Germany Heavy metal band Trainwreck rocked the audience of Wacken Open Air, an open-air heavy metal music festival in Germany, on August 1. The band shared the stage with legendary metal bands like Slayer, Kiss, Bullet for my Valentine, Testament, Parkway Drive, Cradle of Filth, and many more at Wacken Open Air, the biggest metal music festival in the world | Collected
Bappa, Sona’s duet in Bangla, Hindi Popular musician Bappa Mazumder collaborated with Indian singer Sona Mohapatra for a romantic duet. The romantic song was first written in Bangla, titled Bondhu Re , by lyricist Shahan Kabondho and composed and arranged by Bappa. Later, eminent Indian lyricist Nusrat Badr wrote a Hindi version of the song, titled Saanwari | Collected
Miles and Artcell celebrate anniversaries in style Miles and Artcell, two of the popular bands of the country touched milestone this year. Miles completed 4o years in the music industry while Artcell celebrated 20 years. Both the bands celebrated their anniversaries in style and performed at grand concerts held on the same day which created much hype among the fans | Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune
Miles and Artcell celebrate anniversaries in style Miles and Artcell, two of the popular bands of the country touched milestone this year. Miles completed 4o years in the music industry while Artcell celebrated 20 years. Both the bands celebrated their anniversaries in style and performed at grand concerts held on the same day which created much hype among the fans | Al Shahriar Bappa
Nemesis returns from break Popular rock band Nemesis returned from their temporary break. The band announced an indefinite break on a Facebook post in May which was sad news for the band’s fans. Since then fans have been waiting for the day when Nemesis makes a comeback. Fans didn’t have to wait very long to get their favorite band back in action. On August 20, Nemesis announced they are back from their break and will continue playing as before from September onwards. The band posted a video from their practice pad on its official Facebook page.
Ed Sheeran becomes the UK's Official Number 1 Artist of the Decade Ed Sheeran set a record as the UK’s biggest artist of the decade. His singles and albums scored the most Number 1s across the Official Singles and Albums Chart between 2010-2019 (12 Number 1s), and most weeks at Number 1 across the Official Singles and Albums Chart between 2010-2019 (79 weeks).
Music in films This year many biopics on iconic music figures dominated the film industry. The year started with the release of Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody (in late 2018) In May Elton got his own biopic, Rocketman, which was widely received by both fans and critics. Beatles-themed romantic comedy Yesterday was another film on music. In the upcoming year, biopics on the lives of Aretha Franklin, Bee Gees, Bob Marley, Celine Dion, Boy George and Carole King are lined up.
Beyonce receives Oscar nominations Popular singer Beyonce received Oscar nominations for “Spirit” from "The Lion King"soundtrack. She received the nominations under the Music (Original Song) category.
Rap music takes over UK Rap song dominated the Official UK charts this year. Among the big hitters there was Dave’s chart-topping, Mercury Prize-winning debut album "Psychodrama."In 2019, many rap artistes dominated the chart with their hits like "Be Honest,""Must Be,"among others. Internet meme expert-turned-rapper Lil Nas X scored a global smash with "Old Town Road,"dominating two weeks at Number 1 on the Official UK Singles Chart and a record-breaking 17-week run at the top in the US.
Music industry of Bangladesh was quite exciting and filled with celebrations in 2019. Two of the major bands-Miles and Artcell celebrated their 40 years anniversary and 20 years anniversary respectively. Many big rock concerts took place which saw huge turn-out.
Heavy metal band Trainwreck performed in Germany, and they also performed in other shows in India and Nepal. Rock musicians and fans were excited as Azam Khan received posthumous Ekushey Padak which established a new path way for the rock music industry.
On the other hand, internationally acclaimed Bangladeshi singer Runa Laila composed and released a new album featuring seasoned musicians of Indian Sub-Continent.
Dhaka Tribune's Showtime looks back at some of the phenomenal events and achievements of the country’s music industry in 2019.