12pm to 6pm ET – FINAL installment for 2000
June 8 – Sinéad O’Connor comes out as a lesbian in an interview with Curve magazine.
June 17 – Aaliyah’s “Try Again” reaches number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It becomes the first airplay song in history to reach number one following new chart rules placed in 1998 that allowed airplay singles to chart for the first time.
June 20 – Britney Spears begins her Oops!… I Did It Again World Tour, her first world tour, visiting North America, Europe and Brazil in support her sophomore album, Oops!… I Did It Again. The tour was a commercial success and became the second highest-grossing tour by a solo artist in 2000, only behind Tina Turner’s Twenty Four Seven retirement tour.
June 23–25 – The Experience Music Project, now the EMP Museum, opens in Seattle.
June 30 – Nine people are crushed to death during Pearl Jam’s set at the Roskilde Festival, in Roskilde, Denmark.
July 21–22 – Oasis plays at Wembley Stadium. The first of this night is featured on the double CD and the DVD Familiar to Millions.
July 26 – A U.S. district judge orders the Napster to halt the trading of copyrighted music among its users, essentially ordering it shut down. A stay on the injunction is granted two days later, allowing the site to continue operating for the time being.
August 1 – Experimental pop band Animal Collective release their debut album Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished under the name Avey Tare & Panda Bear.
August 8 – A coalition of 28 U.S. states file a lawsuit against the major record labels, accusing them of keeping the prices of CDs fixed at artificially high prices since 1995.
August 11 – Madonna gives birth to her second child, son Rocco. Film director Guy Ritchie is the father.
August 14 – Outside the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, Rage Against the Machine performs a free concert protesting the two-party system. In a chaotic scene after the performance, police forcibly disperse the crowd and several arrests are made.
August 16 – Rapper Eminem files for divorce from wife Kim Mathers.
August 20 – Skinny Puppy reunite for a concert at the Doomsday Festival in Dresden, Germany.
August 22 – Nu Metal band Mudvayne Released their debut studio album L.D. 50 (album)
September 7 – Rage Against the Machine’s Tim Commerford is arrested for climbing on the set at MTV’s Video Music Awards after his band lost the award for “Best Rock Video” to Limp Bizkit. The director of Rage’s “Sleep Now in the Fire” video, Michael Moore, suggests Commerford was probably “just bored” by the show. NSYNC performed their hit single “Bye Bye Bye”.
September 11- Successful British girl group Sugababes release their debut single ‘Overload’.
September 13 – The first Latin Grammy Awards are held.
September 23 – Isaac Stern celebrates his 80th birthday together with his 40th anniversary as President of Carnegie Hall.
September 26 – Pearl Jam releases twenty-five live albums, each taken from a different show on their European tour, as the initial part of the Pearl Jam Official Bootlegs series.
October 1 – Midnight Oil perform their single Beds are Burning at the closing of the 2000 Summer Olympics dressed in outfits clearly displaying the word “Sorry” in reference to Australian Prime Minister John Howard’s refusal to apologize to the Stolen Generation.
October 2 – Radiohead release their fourth studio album, Kid A. While highly anticipated in the leadup to its release, the album is met with polarized responses from fans and critics as a result of its shift from the densely-layered alternative rock of its 1997 predecessor in favor of electronica-tinged post-rock. However, its reputation would grow more unanimously positive over the years, eventually being regarded by music analysts as one of the greatest albums of all time.
October 3 – Green Day release their sixth album Warning. Despite positive reviews from critics, it would end up a commercial disappointment compared to their previous efforts.
The Beatles release a hardcover book version of The Beatles Anthology, containing newly published photos and interviews with band members. The book went straight to the top of the New York Times Bestseller List.
EMI and Warner Music Group withdraw their application to the European Commission for a proposed $20 billion merger due to regulators’ concerns. The merger would have concentrated 80% of the European music business into the hands of just four major labels.
October 18 – Zack de la Rocha leaves Rage Against the Machine saying that the band’s decision making process has completely failed.
October 24 – Linkin Park release their debut album Hybrid Theory. It has reached diamond certification by the RIAA, with 11 million units as of 2017, making it the best-selling rock album of the 21st century.
October 31 – Napster and BMG Music announce a partnership that would change the website into a subscription-based service offering legal downloads.
November 5 – The fourth Terrastock festival is held in Seattle.
November 18 – A new musical adaptation of Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck by Robert Wilson and Tom Waits opens in Copenhagen.
Tripp Eisen formerly of Dope replaces Koichi Fukuda in Static-X.
The Smashing Pumpkins played what was to be their final concert at the Metro Club in Chicago. The band would reunite in 2005.
Madonna marries film director Guy Ritchie, at Skibo Castle in Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland with Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney, Sting, George Clooney, Jon Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Bryan Adams, Rupert Everett and others in attendance.
The Coen brothers film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? is released, scored by a T-Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack that revives the popularity of traditional American folk music and bluegrass.
December 31 – Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes marries actress Kate Hudson.