Tag: 1999

Tuesday 12am ET: Feature LP: Bad Company – The ‘Original’ Bad Co. Anthology (1999)

The ‘Original’ Bad Co. Anthology is a compilation album released by Bad Company in 1999 on Elektra Records. This album marks Bad Company’s first new songs since 1982 to feature original lead singer Paul Rodgers. In addition to the classic hits, it also features six B-sides and outtakes. Technical information was retrieved from the 1999 Edition released by Elektra Records. Most songs on this album were previously released on Swan Song Records. The tracks “Tracking Down a Runaway”, “Ain’t It Good”, “Hammer of Love” and “Hey, Hey” were new songs recorded especially for this release. The compilation notably omits the tracks “Young Blood”, “Gone, Gone, Gone” and “Electricland”, all of which were fairly big hits with Rodgers.

“Can’t Get Enough” from Bad Company (1974)
“Rock Steady” from Bad Company
“Ready for Love” from Bad Company
“Bad Company” from Bad Company
“Movin’ On” from Bad Company
“Seagull” from Bad Company
“Superstar Woman” previously unreleased (1974), later re-recorded for use on Paul’s solo album Cut Loose (1983)
“Little Miss Fortune” taken from the B-side of the UK/US single “Can’t Get Enough” (1974)
“Good Lovin’ Gone Bad” from Straight Shooter (1975)
“Feel Like Makin’ Love” from Straight Shooter
“Shooting Star” from Straight Shooter
“Deal with the Preacher” from Straight Shooter
“Wild Fire Woman” from Straight Shooter
“Easy On My Soul” taken from the B-side of the US single “Movin’ On” (1974)
“Whiskey Bottle” taken from the B-side of the US single “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad” (1975)
“Honey Child” from Run with the Pack (1976)
“Run with the Pack” from Run with the Pack
“Silver, Blue and Gold” from Run with the Pack
“Do Right by Your Woman” previously unused mix from Run with the Pack
“Burnin’ Sky” from Burnin’ Sky (1977)
“Heartbeat” from Burnin’ Sky
“Too Bad” from Burnin’ Sky
“Smokin’ 45” previously unreleased (1976)
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy” from Desolation Angels (1979)
“Evil Wind” from Desolation Angels
“Oh, Atlanta” from Desolation Angels
“Rhythm Machine” from Desolation Angels
“Untie the Knot” from Rough Diamonds (1982)
“Downhill Ryder” from Rough Diamonds
“Tracking Down a Runaway” new track recorded 1998
“Ain’t It Good” new track recorded 1998
“Hammer of Love” new track recorded 1998
“Hey, Hey” new track recorded 1998

Monday 12am ET: Lost Hits with Bob Shannon

From the RadioMax Archives (August 1999) The first edition of Bob Shannon’s Lost Hits.

Monday 11:30pm ET: Feature LP: Prince – 1999 (Super Deluxe Edition) (2019)

1999 is the fifth studio album by American recording artist Prince, and the first to feature his band the Revolution. It was released on October 27, 1982, by Warner Bros. Records. According to the Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), “1999 may be Prince’s most influential album: Its synth-and-drum machine-heavy arrangements codified the Minneapolis sound that loomed over mid-’80s R&B and pop, not to mention the next two decades’ worth of electro, house, and techno.”

1999 was Prince’s first top ten album on the Billboard 200, peaking at number nine. It was the fifth-best-selling album of 1983. “1999”, a protest against nuclear proliferation, was a Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hit, peaking at number 12 whilst also reaching the top 10 in six other countries. It has since become one of Prince’s most recognizable compositions. “Little Red Corvette” peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Prince’s highest charting US single at the time. The music videos for both “1999” and “Little Red Corvette” both received heavy rotation on MTV. 1999 received widespread acclaim from critics, and was seen as Prince’s breakthrough album. 1999 is certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

1999’s critical and commercial success secured Prince a place in the public psyche, and marked the beginning of two years of heightened fame via massively successful tours, hit singles and a Hollywood movie. It has been ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time. In 2008, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Following Prince’s death in 2016, the album re-peaked at that peak at number seven on the Billboard 200. A re-release and remaster of the album, including 35 previously unreleased recordings, was released in November 2019.

Disc 1: 2019 Remaster
1. “1999”
2. “Little Red Corvette”
3. “Delirious”
4. “Let’s Pretend We’re Married”
5. “D.M.S.R.”
6. “Automatic”
7. “Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)”
8. “Free”
9. “Lady Cab Driver”
10. “All the Critics Love U in New York”
11. “International Lover”

Disc 2: Single Edits & B-Sides
1. “1999 (7″ Stereo Edit)”
2. “1999 (7″ Mono Promo-only Edit)”
3. “Free (Promo-only Edit)”
4. “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore (“1999″ B-side)”
5. “Little Red Corvette (7″ Edit)”
6. “All The Critics Love U In New York (7” Edit)”
7. “Lady Cab Driver (7″ Edit)”
8. “Little Red Corvette (Dance Remix Promo-only Edit)”
9. “Little Red Corvette (Special Dance Mix)”
10. “Delirious (7” Edit)”
11. “Horny Toad (“Delirious” B-side)”
12. “Automatic (7″ Edit)”
13. “Automatic (Video Version)”
14. “Let’s Pretend We’re Married (7″ Edit)”
15. “Let’s Pretend We’re Married (7″ Mono Promo-only Edit)”
16. “Irresistible Bitch (“Let’s Pretend We’re Married” B-side)”
17. “Let’s Pretend We’re Married (Video Version)”
18. “D.M.S.R. (Edit)”

Disc 3: The Vault, Part I
1. “Feel U Up”
2. “Irresistible Bitch”
3. “Money Don’t Grow on Trees”
4. “Vagina”
5. “Rearrange”
6. “Bold Generation”
7. “Colleen”
8. “International Lover (Take 1, Live in Studio)”
9. “Turn It Up”
10. “You’re All I Want”
11. “Something in the Water (Does Not Compute) (Original Version)”
12. “If It’ll Make U Happy”
13. “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore? (Take 2, Live in Studio)”

Disc 4: The Vault, Part II
1. “Possessed (1982 version)”
2. “Delirious (full length)”
3. “Purple Music”
4. “Yah, You Know”
5. “Moonbeam Levels (previously released on the 2016 compilation, 4Ever)”
6. “No Call U”
7. “Can’t Stop This Feeling I Got”
8. “Do Yourself A Favor”
9. “Don’t Let Him Fool Ya”
10. “Teacher, Teacher”
11. “Lady Cab Driver / I Wanna Be Your Lover / Head / Little Red Corvette (tour demo)”

Disc 5: Live In Detroit, November 30, 1982 (Midnight Show)
1. “Controversy”
2. “Let’s Work”
3. “Little Red Corvette”
4. “Do Me, Baby”
5. “Head”
6. “Uptown”
7. “Interlude”
8. “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?”
9. “Automatic”
10. “International Lover”
11. “1999”
12. “D.M.S.R.”

Friday 1pm: MaxMusic 20th Century – 1999 (Part 3)

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 – David Bowie releases his twenty-first studio album Hours, which becomes the first complete album by a major artist legally available to download over the Internet, preceding the physical release by two weeks.
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 17 – Jimi Jamison release his second studio album, Empires first under the name of Jimi Jamison’s Survivor but after a battle curt for using the name of his previous band it was re-issue under his name the next year.
October 20 – Melissa Auf der Maur leaves Hole.
November 5
Australian independent record label Liberation Music is formed.
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.
– Will Smith releases his second solo studio album Willennium
November 23 – University of Oregon student Jeffrey Levy, having downloaded MP3s without permission, is the first person ever convicted for copyright infringement 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 – 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.

Wednesday 6pm: MaxMusic 20th Century – 1999 (Part 2)

April 1 – The Backstreet Boys release their smash hit I Want It That Way.
April 10 – A charity tribute, the 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 12 – Irish boy band Westlife make their debut with the release of their first single, “Swear It Again”, which would peak at number one on the charts.
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 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. Christian Contemporary Music artists respond to the concept that Atheism caused the shooting and in particular the Cassie Bernall urban legend (about a girl who was initially believed to have been shot in the head for answering “yes” when perpetrator Eric Harris asked her if she believed in God) with songs such as “A New Hope” by Five Iron Frenzy, about a band member’s sister who had been trapped in the choir room returning to school after the shooting, and “This Is Your Time” by Michael W. Smith, a direct response to the Cassie Bernall story.

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 by the former Beatle.
Musical group Atari Teenage Riot starts a riot in Berlin with their anti-consumer and anti-government lyrics.
June 1 – 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 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 14 – Vengaboys release their hit Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart on June 21, 1999.
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.
June 29
Santana and Matchbox Twenty vocalist Rob Thomas release Smooth, which peaks at #1 for 12 weeks.
Razor and Tie releases the single-disc version of Monster Ballads. It would eventually be certified platinum at the end of the year.
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 13–18 – The third Yoyo A Go Go punk and indie rock festival opens in Olympia, Washington.
July 23–25 – The highly anticipated Woodstock 99 festival takes place in Rome, New York.
August
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 27–29 – The third Terrastock festival is held in London.
August 31 – Megadeth release eighth studio album Risk.

Monday 6pm: MaxMusic 20th Century – 1999 (Part 1)

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 daughter 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
Fredrik Johansson is fired from Dark Tranquillity.
Britney Spears releases her debut album, “…Baby One More Time”, which peaks at number one on the Billboard 200 and sells 121,000 copies in its first week. Over 10 million copies of …Baby One More Time were sold in the United States during 1999 alone.
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.
February
February 9 – NSYNC release their third single from their debut album, “(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You”, which peaks in the top 10 on the Pop charts.
February 10 – Iron Maiden announces that singer Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith have 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 multimillion-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 24 – Lauryn Hill makes history at the 1999 Grammy Awards by being the first female artist to win five Grammys in one night.
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
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).
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 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 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 and the first Radio Disney Jams volume gets released on CD and cassette for the very first time.
March 17 – Namie Amuro’s mother Emiko Taira is murdered.
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 23 – Green Day release Nice Guys Finish Last, the lead track as well as the fourth and final single off their 1997 album Nimrod, and was their last single to be released in the 20th century.
March 27 – The Bee Gees end their One Night Only tour in Sydney, Australia.

Thursday 6pm: Top 50 Country Hits of 1999 with Ron Kovacs

Join Ron Kovacs Live 6pm ET for the Top 50 Country Hits of 1999

Feature Year: 1999 (Part 1 – 9a, Part 2 – 9p) ET #1999 @RadioMax

1999January 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.[2]
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.[4]
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.

RadioMax In Concert: Elton John Solo At Madison Square Garden (1999) 10pm ET

A1ELTON_MO_C_^_MONIQThis is Elton John’s 48th Concert at Madison Square Garden in 1999.  It features Elton John solo with just his piano.

Feature Year: 1999 – 9pm ET

This edition of Feature Year looks at the music and hits of 1999.

January 1 – The euro is established.
January 25 – Robert Shaw, American conductor (b. 1916) Died
January 31 – The popular TV series Family Guy premieres on Fox.
February 6 – Jimmy Roberts, American singer (b. 1924) Died
February 12 – U.S. President Bill Clinton is acquitted in impeachment proceedings in the United States Senate.
February 15 – Big L, American rapper (b. 1974) Died
March 2 – Dusty Springfield, English singer (b. 1939) Died
March 8 – Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1914) Died
March 29 – For the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 10,000 mark, at 10,006.78.
March 29 – Joe Williams, American singer (b. 1918) Died
April 12 – Boxcar Willie, American country music singer (b. 1931) Died
April 14 – Anthony Newley, English actor, singer and songwriter (b. 1931) Died
April 26 – British T.V presenter Jill Dando, 37, is shot dead on the doorstep of her home in Fulham, London.
April 26 – Adrian Borland, British musician and producer (b. 1957) (The Sound) Died
April 27 – Al Hirt, American trumpeter and bandleader (b. 1922) Died
May 1 – The pilot episode of the television series SpongeBob SquarePants airs on Nickelodeon.
May 3 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 11,000 for the first time, at 11,014.70.
May 5 – Microsoft releases Windows 98 (Second Edition), from 1998.
May 19 – Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is released in theaters. It becomes the highest grossing Star Wars film.
June 1 – Napster, a revolutionary music downloading service, debuts.
June 5 – Mel Torme, American singer (b. 1925) Died
July 1 – Guy Mitchell, American singer (b. 1927) Died
July 11 – Helen Forrest, American jazz singer (b. 1917) Died
July 22 – The first version of MSN Messenger is released by Microsoft.
July 29 – Anita Carter, American singer (b. 1933) Died
August 3 – Leroy Vinnegar, American musician (b. 1928) Died
August 31 – Apple Computer releases the Power Macintosh G4.
September 9 – Sega Dreamcast was released as well as Sonic Adventure.
October 9 – Milt Jackson, American musician (b. 1923) Died
October 26 – Hoyt Axton, American actor and singer-songwriter (b. 1938) Died
November 18 – Doug Sahm, American musician (b. 1941) Died
November 30 – The ExxonMobil Corporation merger is completed, forming the largest company in the world.
November 30 – Charlie Byrd, American Jazz musician and classical guitarist (b. 1925) Died
December 3 – Scatman John, American musician (b. 1942) Died
December 10 – Rick Danko, Canadian musician (b. 1943) Died
December 26 – Curtis Mayfield, American musician and composer (b. 1942) Died
December 31 – The U.S. turns over complete administration of the Panama Canal to the Panamanian Government, as stipulated in the Torrijos-Carter Treaty of 1977.