When looking back on 2009, it would be hard to ignore the impact the sudden death of Michael Jackson in June had on music. Coming just weeks before he was due to make his pop comeback in London, it came at a time of heightened expectancy, even for the star's fans.
But 2009 wasn't all about tragedy. For The Beatles it heralded their arrival onto the digital stage, while Lady GaGa battled rumours that she was actually a man. Check out those stories and more in Gigwise's look at the biggest news stories of the last twelve months.
Albums to listen to when you need to unwind
London Grammar, Deap Vally, The 1975 and more bands you can't afford to miss this weekend
Electronic band continue Delta Machine tour
Robson says that the star 'abused' him
Choreographer previously denied inappropriate behaviour
Former X Factor judge to give evidence against AEG