January 7 – After eight years of marriage, musician husband Rod Stewart and supermodel wife Rachel Hunter announce their separation. Paul McCartney attends the launch of his stepdaughter Heather’s first housewares collection in Georgia.
January 11 – During the American Music Awards, Billy Joel is awarded the Special Award of Merit for his “inspired songwriting skills” and “exciting showmanship.”
January 12 – Britney Spears releases her debut album, …Baby One More Time, which would go on to sell 23 million copies. The album hits number one on the charts. The title track and first single released from the album, also hits number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1999. Fredrik Johansson is fired from Dark Tranquillity.
January 21 – A&M Records is shut down and merged into the Universal Music Group umbrella label Interscope Geffen A&M. It would be relaunched in 2007.
January 22 – German industrial band KMFDM announces that it has disbanded.
January 26 – Foxy Brown releases her second album, Chyna Doll, and becomes the first female rapper to debut an album at number 1.
February 2 – The Artist Formerly Known as Prince releases a new recording of his 1982 hit “1999” to coincide with celebrations surrounding the calendar year.
February 10 – Iron Maiden announces that singer Bruce Dickinson has rejoined the band.
February 14 – Elton John appears as himself in a special episode of the animated series The Simpsons
February 15 – “Rolling Stones Day” is declared in Minnesota by Governor (and former Rolling Stones bodyguard) Jesse Ventura
February 19 – Marilyn Manson files a defamation countersuit against former Spin Magazine editor Craig Marks, in response to a multi-million dollar lawsuit that Marks filed in January against the singer, the record label Nothing/Interscope, and Manson’s bodyguard agency.
February 20 – Trace Adkins performs his first concert following surgery for tendon damage and a broken ankle. Contrary to doctor’s orders, Adkins does not remain seated during the performance.
February 23 – Eminem’s The Slim Shady LP is released.
February 25 – The Artist Formerly Known as Prince files a lawsuit against nine Web sites for copyright and trademark infringement, claiming that the websites sell bootlegged recordings and offer unauthorized song downloads.
March 1 – Sony Music Distribution raises wholesale prices on audio compact discs by 8 US cents.
March 2 – Cher’s song “Believe” reaches number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making Cher the oldest female artist (at the age of 52) to perform this feat. Cher also set the record for the longest hit-making career span, with 33 years between the release of her first and last Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles (1965 and 1999).
March 2 – The House of Blues in Paradise, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay Resort. Bob Dylan performs a concert at the club and is joined by U2’s lead singer Bono for an encore of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”.
March 3 – British soul singer Dusty Springfield dies of breast cancer at the age of 59.
March 5 – Trauma Records files a $40 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against the members of Bush for failing to deliver a new album.
March 6 – A 67 year old George Jones is seriously injured in a car accident while on his way home. Jones’ Lexus crashed into a bridge at about 1:30 p.m. It is later revealed that alcohol was a factor in the accident.
March 10 – Hikaru Utada releases her debut album First Love, selling 2,026,870 in its debut week. Two months later, First Love became the Japan’s best-selling album of all time.
March 15 – Marilyn Manson is injured when he slips and falls during a concert at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. Manson’s performance is cut short.
March 16 – The Recording Industry Association of America introduces a new certification level, Diamond, for albums or singles selling ten million units.
March 21 – Irish girl band B*Witched score their fourth consecutive #1 with Blame It On The Weatherman on the UK singles chart. They become the first band to have all their first four singles enter at the top simultaneously and set a new record. It is broken a year later by Irish boy band Westlife.
March 27 – The Bee Gees end their One Night Only tour in Sydney, Australia.
April 10 – A charity tribute concert for Linda McCartney is held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Here, There and Everywhere: A Concert For Linda, features performances by Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, Elvis Costello, Sinéad O’Connor, and George Michael. Proceeds raised at the event went to animal rights causes.
April 19 – Neil Young performs at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Due to a mistake by a Madison Square Garden staff member, the marquee read “Bob Dylan, Tonight at 8pm”. Young jokingly introduced one of his guitar players as Bob Dylan during the show.
April 20 – Billy Joel performs at Meadowlands in New Jersey. Joel announces that this would be his last public pop music concert. Joel also announces plans on devoting his future efforts to classical music. Columbine High School massacre takes place in Jefferson County, Colorado, sparking a widespread moral panic that ultimately tries to place the blame on violent media, including music perceived to be violent and/or connected to the goth culture. American rocker Marilyn Manson receives the brunt of the blame, despite evidence that neither of the shooters were fans of his, and recludes, only to address the issue in the form of his fourth studio album. The finger is also pointed at German industrial metal acts Rammstein and KMFDM, of whom the shooters were fans. This sensationalism gradually wanes in the years following, and all three music acts ironically achieve more mainstream acceptance in the U.S. than they had prior to the massacre.
April 26 – Musician and former bandleader of The Sound, Adrian Borland, commits suicide in London.
April 28 – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
April 30 – Columbine High School massacre: Aerosmith visits Columbine High School shooting victim Lance Kirklin in a Colorado hospital before a concert in Denver, Colorado. Kirklin was one of 24 wounded in the April 20 shooting, 13 others were killed.
May 1 – “The Paintings of Paul McCartney” exhibit opens at the Lyz Art Forum in Siegen, Germany. The exhibit features around 70 paintings created by the former Beatle.
Musical group Atari Teenage Riot starts a riot in Berlin with their anti-consumer and anti-government lyrics. The riot was stopped with concert goers pleading for peace from the Swat crew ruthlessly beating down pedestrians. This band is under the label Digital Hardcore Recordings.
May 18 – The American music group, the Backstreet Boys release their multi-platinum 3rd studio album Millennium, that spawned four Top 40 Billboard singles, and would go on to be the best-selling album of 1999. The album up to today has sold over 40 million copies and is in the 100 best-selling albums of all time.
June 1 – Blink-182 release their third studio album, Enema of the State, which would later sell 15 million copies worldwide. The album was a commercial and critical success, it was also the first album that was produced by Jerry Finn who was the “fourth member of Blink-182” according to bassist Mark Hoppus. The American actress Jennifer Lopez releases her debut album On the 6; the first single “If You Had My Love” reaches number one in U.S., Canada, and Australia. Peer-to-peer file sharing network Napster is launched.
June 2 – Backstreet Boys smashes the old first-week sales record of Garth Brooks’ 1.08 million, with (Millennium) which sold over 1.13 million in its first week and was the first album to sell over 500,000 copies at least 2 weeks. The album holds at No. 1 first-weeks sales record of the 1990s.
June 8 – Red Hot Chili Peppers release Californication, the first album with John Frusciante in 8 years; the album goes on to sell 13 million copies worldwide.
June 13 – S Club 7 debut at #1 on the UK singles chart with their first single “Bring It All Back” and become the largest vocal group to enter at the top.
June 15 – Santana releases his best selling album Supernatural with the number one hits “Smooth” and “Maria Maria”.
June 22 – Limp Bizkit’s second album, Significant Other, debuts at number one on the Billboard 200, with 643,874 copies sold in its first week. The album launches them into mainstream success.
June 28 – Britney Spears embarked her first concert tour, …Baby One More Time Tour. The tour only reached North America and garned a positive review, but generated some controversy due to her racy outfit and accusation of lip syncing.
July 1 – The new Scottish Parliament is formally opened with a rock concert in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle and is headlined by Garbage, of which, lead singer Shirley Manson, is at the time one of the biggest music stars from Scotland.
July 3 – Indie rock icon Mark Sandman collapses on stage at the Giardini del Principe in Palestrina, Latium, Italy (near Rome) while performing with Morphine. He is soon pronounced dead of a heart attack at the age of 46. Morphine immediately disbands.
July 8 – Adrian Erlandsson quits The Haunted as the drummer while the band hires Per Möller Jensen as Erlandsson’s replacement.
July 12 – Gregg Alexander issues a press release dissolving the New Radicals.
July 23–25 – The highly anticipated Woodstock 99 festival takes place in Rome, New York.
July 28-Destiny’s Child released their second album The Writing’s on The Wall
August 6 – The Grateful Dead’s tape archivist Dick Latvala dies at age 56.
August 14-15 – The Artist Formerly Known as Prince holds a weekend yard sale at his Paisley Park Studios, with part of the proceeds going to benefit underprivileged youth.
August 24 – Christina Aguilera releases her self titled debut album. The album and first single, “Genie in a Bottle”, both went to number one on the charts.
August 27–29 – The third Terrastock festival is held in London.
September 1 – The Irish Music Hall of Fame opens; Van Morrison is the first inducted into the museum.
September 17 – Rapper Eminem is sued by his mother for $10 million, claiming that public comments he made about her were slanderous and had caused emotional stress and financial harm. She eventually collects a mere $1,600 settlement in 2001.
September 21 – Trent Reznor releases the fourth Nine Inch Nails album, The Fragile after a five-year hiatus to great critical acclaim.
September 30 – Billboard announces that Ministry of Sound Recordings Ltd is expanding into Australia after ending a partnership with MDS Dancenet and establishes Ministry of Sound Australia, known until 2005 as Ministry of Sound (UK) Pty Ltd. Ministry UK also secures a distribution deal with EMI Music Group Australasia Pty Ltd.
October 9 – “Heartbreaker”, the lead single from Mariah Carey’s ninth studio album, Rainbow, reaches #1 on the Billboard 100, becoming her 14th #1 single and also her 59th week atop the chart. When it stayed at #1 for a further week Carey surpassed The Beatles for the act with the most weeks spent at number one. The song also topped charts in Canada and New Zealand.
The first Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is held in California. The inaugural line-up consists of Beck, The Chemical Brothers, Tool, Morrissey and Rage Against the Machine. The anti-poverty initiative NetAid is launched with simultaneous benefit concerts in London, New Jersey and Geneva.
October 19 – Eurythmics releases first album in 10 years, Peace.
October 20 – Melissa Auf der Mar leaves Hole.
November – Australian independent record label Liberation Music is formed.
November 5 – Gary Cherone leaves Van Halen.
November 12 – 1970s rock star Gary Glitter is jailed for four months for downloading child pornography off the Internet.
November 15 – Korn performs their entire album Issues at the Apollo Theater in New York City, becoming the first rock band ever to perform at the Apollo.
November 16 – Korn’s fourth studio album, Issues, debuts at number 1 on the Billboard 200 with 575,000 copies sold in its first week. Dr. Dre’s second studio album 2001 is released.
November 23 – Jessica Simpson releases her debut album, Sweet Kisses which would go on to sell 4 million copies. The first single, “I Wanna Love You Forever”, both went to number three on the charts. University of Oregon student Jeffrey Levy is the first person ever convicted for pirating MP3s under the NET Act of 1997. He is sentenced to two years of probation and a limit on Internet access.
December 4 – The Spice Girls start their Christmas Tour around the UK, dubbed as the Christmas in Spiceworld Tour.
December 14 – BMI announces the most played songs on American radio and television in the 20th century. Paul McCartney returns to The Cavern Club to play a special concert for 300 fans. Boy George is injured by a 62-pound disco ball that falls from a concert venue’s ceiling during a rehearsal, nearly killing him as it almost landed on his head.
December 27 – Puff Daddy and fellow rapper Shyne are arrested for weapons violations and other charges after a shooting in a Manhattan nightclub that leaves three people injured.
December 30 – George Harrison survives a knife attack by an intruder in his Friar Park home.
December 31 – Sisqó’s Thong Song comes out. Becoming the last song of the 1990s, the last song of 1999, the first of the 2000s, and the first song of 2000.
Many special New Year’s Eve concerts are held around the world to celebrate the arrival of the year 2000. Big shows include Barbra Streisand at The MGM Grand Las Vegas, The Eagles at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden, and Metallica with Kid Rock and Ted Nugent playing for 54,000 the Pontiac Silverdome. The biggest concert on Earth that night is by Phish, however, playing for 75,000 people at the Big Cypress Indian Reservation in Florida.