Record sales tanked, the White Stripes split up, talented musical heroes lost their lives, and Flavor Flav lost his chicken joint. SPIN looks back at the year everything broke.

1. January 12

1/31

Record sales tanked, the White Stripes split up, talented musical heroes lost their lives, and Flavor Flav lost his chicken joint. SPIN looks back at the year everything broke.

SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2011
SPIN's 20 Best Songs of 2011
SPIN's 40 Best Rap Albums of 2011

Taylor Swift's Speak Now becomes the lowest-selling No. 1 album since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.

2. January 12

2/31

Record sales tanked, the White Stripes split up, talented musical heroes lost their lives, and Flavor Flav lost his chicken joint. SPIN looks back at the year everything broke.

SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2011
SPIN's 20 Best Songs of 2011
SPIN's 40 Best Rap Albums of 2011

Taylor Swift's Speak Now becomes the lowest-selling No. 1 album since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.

3. January 14

3/31

Broadcast's Trish Keenan dies of pneumonia, Nile Rodgers announces he has cancer.

4. January 30

4/31

DJ Premier asks fans to help pay for uninsured hip-hop godfather Kool Herc's surgery and medical care.

5. February 2

5/31

The White Stripes break up.

6. February 9

6/31

Onetime industry savior Guitar Hero pulls the plug after six years.

7. March 15

7/31

Nate Dogg dies at age 41.

8. April 2

8/31

LCD Soundsystem play final show ever at Madison Square Garden.

9. April 20

9/31

Just a few weeks after the release of their fourth album, Nine Types of Light, TV on the Radio announce that bassist Gerard Smith has died of lung cancer.

10. April 24

10/31

The Clinton, Iowa restaurant Flavor Flav's Fried Chicken closes after only four months. Five days later, Flav himself is arrested in Las Vegas due to vehicle-related violations.

11. April 25

11/31

Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex dies of breast cancer at 53.

12. May 27

12/31

Gil Scott-Heron dies at age 62.

13. June 3

13/31

Adele cancels North American tour due to health issues. She undergoes surgery in November for a hemorrhaged vocal cord.

14. June 18

14/31

E Street Band sax player and all-around big man Clarence Clemons dies, five days after suffering a stroke.

15. June 23

15/31

Glen Campbell announces he has Alzheimer's disease, will release one final album.

16. July 13

16/31

Rilo Kiley make breakup official.

17. July 23

17/31

Amy Winehouse dies in London at age 27 of alcohol poisoning.

18. August 8

18/31

The riots in London lead to a fire at the Sony/PIAS warehouse, destroying the stock of over 150 labels. Two days later, three teenagers are arrested for starting the fire.

19. August 11

19/31

Warrant lead singer Jani Lane found dead in a California hotel room.

20. August 13

20/31

A stage collapse during a Sugarland show at the Indiana State Fair kills seven. Three days later, three people are killed when a stage topples over at the Pukkelpop festival (pictured) in Belgium during Smith Westerns' set.

21. September 21

21/31

R.E.M. announce breakup after 31 years.

22. September 29

22/31

"Grandmother of hip-hop" Sylvia Robinson, co-founder of Sugar Records, dies at 75.

23. October 5

23/31

Influential folk singer Bert Jansch dies at 67.

24. October 5

24/31

Steve Jobs dies at 56.

25. October 14

25/31

Rick Ross suffers two seizures on flight to Memphis, later blames lack of sleep.

26. October 14

26/31

Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon announce separation after 26 years of marriage, throwing future of band into doubt.

27. October 31

27/31

Lulu

28. November 1

28/31

Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel announce separation after two years of marriage.

29. November 8

29/31

Heavy D dies at age 44

30. November 17

30/31

After NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg unleashes riot cops on OWS protestors, Third Eye Blind pile on, release supporting "anthem" "If There Ever Was a Time"

31. December 9

31/31

New Year's Eve