This installment of Across The Tracks feature tune with “ONE” in the title. We’ll feature music from Keb’ Mo’, Jackson 5, Mary J Blige & U2, Creed, Christine McVie, Joe Simon, Britney Spears, Queen and much more across the tracks and genres.
January 1 – The Vienna New Year’s Concert is conducted by Riccardo Muti. Kurt Nilsen wins World Idol.
January 3 – Britney Spears marries Jason Allen Alexander, a childhood friend, in Las Vegas. The marriage is annulled 55 hours later.
January 15 – Rapper Mystikal is sentenced to six years in prison for sexual battery.
February 1 – Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake perform onstage at Super Bowl XXXVIII. The performance concludes with Jackson’s right breast being exposed to the audience. The phrase “wardrobe malfunction” is coined during the ensuing controversy. Daron Hagen is appointed President of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation in New York City.
February 8 – The 46th Annual Grammy Awards are held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below becomes the first rap album to win Album of the Year. Beyoncé won 5 awards.
February 9 – Blink-182 release single I Miss You from the album blink-182. The song reached number one on the Billboard Modern Rock chart.
February 13 – Elton John begins The Red Piano concert residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Originally scheduled for 75 performances, it would run for 248 shows over five years, including twenty-four tour dates in Europe.
February 17 – BRIT Awards held in London. The Darkness, Dido, Busted, Justin Timberlake, and KRS-One are among the winners. Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan posts a bitter message on his personal blog calling D’arcy Wretzky a “mean spirited drug addict” and blaming James Iha for the breakup of the band.
March 2 – Britney Spears embarked The Onyx Hotel Tour, her first tour in 2 years to support her fourth studio album, In The Zone.
March 9 – Westlife member Brian McFadden leaves the band.
March 10 – George Michael announces that Patience will be his last commercially released record. Future releases will be available from his web site in return for donations to his favourite charities.
March 13 – Luciano Pavarotti gives his last performance in an opera, in Tosca at the New York Metropolitan Opera.
March 23 – Usher releases his Confessions album selling 1.1 million copies its first week, making him the first R&B artist to ever accomplish that. The album would be the top seller of the year with four number one singles.
April 6 – A previously unreleased Johnny Cash album called My Mother’s Hymn Book is released less than a year after his death on September 12, 2003. Modest Mouse, an American indie rock band releases Good News for People Who Love Bad News.
April 20 – Fear Factory returns after their 2002 breakup with the new album Archetype.
April 26 – Deborah Voigt, sacked by Covent Garden for being too fat for an opera role, makes her recital debut to a rapturous reception at Carnegie Hall. Dream Theater performs at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
May 1 – Blender magazine’s May issue includes a “50 Worst Songs Ever!” list. “We Built This City,” by Starship, is rated worst. Peter Tägtgren replaces Mikael Åkerfeldt In Bloodbath.
May 10 – Keane release Hopes and Fears which becomes the 16th best selling album of the millennium in the UK. It went 8x platinum and was nominated for the Mercury Prize and the BRIT award for best album.
May 18 to May 23 – The European Festival of Youth Choirs (EJCF) is held in Basel.
May 24 – Madonna starts The Re-Invention Tour in 20 cities with a total of 56 shows and making it the most successful concert tour of the year with a gross of $124.5 million. Jam band Phish announces that after 21 years they will break up following the Summer 2004 Tour. Skinny Puppy releases their first studio album since disbanding in 1996, called The Greater Wrong of the Right.
May 26 – Fantasia Barrino wins the third season of American Idol, defeating Diana DeGarmo.
May 28 to June 6 – The Rock in Rio concert festival is staged in Lisbon, Portugal under the name Rock in Rio Lisboa. Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Britney Spears and Sting headline each of the six days.
June 4 – Karl Jenkins signs a 10-year recording deal with EMI. Creed dissolved. Guitarist Mark Tremonti, Drummer Scott Phillips and Brian Marshall (ex Bassist of Creed) were working on side project Alter Bridge along with Myles Kennedy of The Mayfield Four Their first album is One Day Remains, which is scheduled to be released on August 10.
June 11 – The Van Halen Summer Tour 2004 kicks off in Greensboro, North Carolina, marking the return of Sammy Hagar on vocals for the first time since his acrimonious departure from the band in 1996.
June 12 – The Los Angeles, California radio station KROQ-FM airs the 12th Annual KROQ Weenie Roast show with Bad Religion, Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill, The Hives, Hoobastank, The Killers, Modest Mouse, New Found Glory, Story of the Year, The Strokes, The Velvet Revolver, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Yellowcard.
June 22 – 14th annual Lollapalooza festival, scheduled for July 17, is cancelled. Organizers cite “poor ticket sales”. (See: Lollapalooza 2004 lineup.)
June 23 – UK DJ Tony Blackburn is suspended by radio station Classic Gold Digital for playing songs by Cliff Richard, against station policy.
June 25 – Eric Clapton sells his famous guitar “Blackie” at a Christie’s auction, raising $959,000 to benefit the Crossroads drug rehabilitation center that he founded in 1998.
July 10 – Ex-S Club star Rachel Stevens sets a world record for completing the fastest promotional circuit in just 24 hours- including a run for the charity Sport Relief. American Idol winner Fantasia becomes the first artist in history to debut at number-one on the Hot 100 with a first record.
July 11 – McFly debut at #1 on the UK album charts with Room On The 3rd Floor. They break the record set by The Beatles as the youngest group ever to debut at #1 on the album charts.
July 20 – Van Halen releases The Best of Both Worlds, a 36-song compilation album featuring three new recordings with Sammy Hagar on vocals.
July 24 – The Robert Smith organized Curiosa Festival kicks off with a concert in West Palm Beach, Florida. Performing along with The Cure are Interpol, The Rapture, Mogwai, Cursive, Muse, Head Automatica, Thursday, Scarling., The Cooper Temple Clause, and Melissa Auf der Maur.
July 25 – The Doobie Brothers record and perform Live at Wolf Trap at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia. The live album was released two months later, on October 26.
July 31 – Simon & Garfunkel perform a free concert in front of the Colosseum in Rome for an audience of 600,000 people. Dispatch performs their last live show at the DCR Hatchshell in Boston, Massachusetts.
August 8 – Dave Matthews Band’s tour bus dumps 800 lb (360 kg) of human feces from a Chicago bridge, intending to unload it in the river, but it lands on an architecture tour boat. The bus driver and the band are sued by the state of Illinois.
August 15 – Phish performs their final concert at a two-day festival in Coventry, Vermont.
August 23 – The Prodigy release their much anticipated and postponed first full-length album Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned in 7 years since 1997’s The Fat Of The Land.
September 18 – Britney Spears gets married to Kevin Federline.
September 26 – Avril Lavigne begins her Bonez Tour.
September 28 – Brian Wilson releases Brian Wilson Presents Smile, an interpretation of the Smile sessions which were shelved in 1967.
October 2 – Billy Joel marries for the third time, to the food critic and chef Katie Lee.
October 11 – The original lineup of Duran Duran release their new album Astronaut, which was preceded by the single “(Reach Up For The) Sunrise”. Melissa Etheridge undergoes surgery for breast cancer.
October 23 – Ashlee Simpson is accused of lip-synching after an abortive live performance on the television show Saturday Night Live.
October 25 – Indian singer Hariharan is awarded the Swaralaya-Kairali-Yesudas Award for his outstanding contribution to Indian film music.
November 4 – Three members of the band RAM, who all lived in a neighborhood known for its support of the recently deposed former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, are detained by Haitian police during a concert performance in Port-au-Prince; no charges are ever filed or official explanation for the detentions given.
November 9 – Britney Spears releases her first compilation album titled Greatest Hits: My Prerogative.
November 11 – Eric Clapton receives a CBE at Buckingham Palace.
November 12 – Eminem’s fourth major studio album, Encore is released four days before schedule to combat Internet bootleggers. The album sells 710,000 copies in only three days and becomes Eminem’s third consecutive album to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts.
November 16 – Destiny’s Child released their fourth and final studio album Destiny Fulfilled by Columbia Records in North America.
November 17 – Within Temptation release the single “Stand My Ground”.
November 24 – Brian & Eric Hoffman leave Deicide after a royalties dispute.
November 30 – Jay-Z and Linkin Park’s album “Collision Course” debuts at number #01 in the Billboard 200, later becoming the best-selling CD/DVD of that year.
December 7 – Lindsay Lohan releases her début album, Speak.
December 8 – Dimebag Darrell is murdered on stage while performing in Columbus, Ohio, by a deranged fan, who shoots the guitarist three times in the head with a 9mm Beretta handgun. The gunman kills three other people and wounds a further seven before being shot dead by police.
December 11–12 – The Los Angeles, California radio station KROQ-FM airs the 15th Annual of the Acoustic Christmas with Chevelle, Franz Ferdinand, Good Charlotte, Green Day, Hoobastank, Incubus, Interpol, Jimmy Eat World, Keane, The Killers, Modest Mouse, Muse, The Music, My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach, Snow Patrol, Social Distortion, Sum 41, Taking Back Sunday, The Shins, The Used, and Velvet Revolver.
December 14 – Clint Lowery leaves Sevendust due to fights with band about gaining control of the band and doubts of the band’s future after being released from their label TVT Records.
January 1 – Eric Clapton marries his 25-year old American girlfriend in a surprise wedding ceremony at a church in the English village of Ripley, Surrey.
January 8 – The Black Crowes announce they are taking a hiatus.
January 14 – Adam Ant is committed to a psychiatric hospital two days after being arrested for carrying a firearm into a London pub that Ant claims was fake.
January 18 – Rapper C-Murder is arrested and charged with second-degree murder over a fatal shooting in a Harvey, Louisiana nightclub on January 12.
January 23 – Virgin Records buys out its contract with Mariah Carey for $28 million, essentially paying her to not record any more music for the label.
February 3 – U2 perform during the halftime show for Super Bowl XXXVI. U2’s performance becomes a tribute to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attack.
February 4 – Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has a notoriously antagonistic interview with Terry Gross on National Public Radio. Simmons continuously baits the host with sexual come-ons throughout the interview while Gross repeatedly calls Simmons “obnoxious.” Simmons refuses to grant NPR permission to post the interview online, but unauthorized transcripts and audio exist.
February 13 – Jennifer Lopez becomes the first singer to have a remix album, J to tha L-O!: The Remixes, debut at number one, selling over 156,000 copies.
February 15 – Popstar Britney Spears landed her first starring role in Crossroads, a teen drama road film alongside Zoe Saldana. Although film was largely panned, the film was grossed $61.1 million worldwide.
March 7 – Burton C. Bell leaves Fear Factory after falling out with Dino Cazares. Fear Factory soon disband.
March 12 – Silverchair withdraw from the Gone South festival in Australia after Daniel Johns contracts reactive arthritis.
March 15 – Liverpool Airport is rechristened Liverpool John Lennon Airport in an official ceremony.
March 24 – Takahiro Nishikawa leaves Dreams Come True.
March 25 – Celine Dion returns to the music scene after a three-year absence with the album A New Day Has Come.
March 26 – Former Ozzy Osbourne & Motley Crue drummer Randy Castillo dies from severe cancer.
April 5 – Alice In Chains-singer Layne Staley dies from an overdose of heroin.
April 17 – Pop-punk giants Blink-182 and Green Day co-headline the two-month Pop Disaster Tour.
April 25 – Lisa Lopes, American rapper, singer, songwriter, and member of the R&B girl group TLC, better known by her stage name Left Eye, dies in a car accident in La Ceiba, Honduras. She was the sole fatality of eight people in the vehicle, a Mitsubishi Montero Sport that she was driving.
May 8 – Mariah Carey signs a new record contract with Island Def Jam Music Group.
May 12 – We Will Rock You, a jukebox musical based on the songs of Queen, opens at the Dominion Theatre in London, England.
May 21 – Blink-182 gutairist Tom DeLonge forms post-hardcore side-project band Box Car Racer. Their album Box Car Racer is released.
May 22 – Members of Alien Ant Farm are injured in an early morning tour bus crash in Spain that claimed the life of the driver.
June – Graham Coxon leaves Blur during Think Tank’s recording sessions, after tensions with the other members mainly due to its alleged alcohol problems and disagreement about the choice of Fatboy Slim as producer. Coxon only contributed in one song, Battery in Your Leg. He was later “replaced” on tour by Simon Tong, former guitarist of The Verve.
June 1 – The Prom at the Palace is held in London to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II. Performers include the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Chorus, Kiri Te Kanawa, Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna.
June 5 – U.S. soul and R&B singer R. Kelly, is charged with 21 counts of having sexual intercourse with a minor after a videotape allegedly showing him engaged in sexual acts with an underage girl is broadcast on the internet.
June 11 – Paul McCartney marries second wife Heather Mills in a lavish ceremony at Castle Leslie in Ireland. American Idol premieres on Fox.
Korn’s fifth-studio album, Untouchables, is released, but fails to sell as well as their previous releases, marking the decline of the nu metal genre.
June 12 – BMG Music agrees to acquire the rest of Zomba Music Group in a deal reportedly worth $3 billion.
June 15 – The Los Angeles, California, USA, radio station KROQ-FM airs the 10th Annual Weenie Roast show with Bad Religion, Hoobastank, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Eat World, Moby, New Found Glory, P.O.D., Papa Roach, Puddle of Mudd, The Strokes, System of a Down, Unwritten Law, The Vines, The Violent Femmes and Rob Zombie.
June 19 – Hikaru Utada releases the album Deep River, which sold 2,350,170 copies in a week, debuting at number 1 on the weekly, monthly, and annual Oricon album chart. This would be her third time at number 1 on the year-end rankings of that particular chart, a record for any Japanese musical act or worldwide.
June 20 – Pop star Britney Spears, at only 20 years of age, is ranked by Forbes as the world’s most powerful celebrity.
June 21 to 23 – The first Bonnaroo Music Festival is held in Tennessee. Performers include Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule and Norah Jones.
June 25 – The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra releases an arrangement of the Romeo and Juliet 1968 film soundtrack on the Silva America label.
June 27 – The Who bassist John Entwistle is found dead in a Las Vegas hotel room on the eve of the band’s new tour. He was 57.
June 30 – The Glastonbury Festival features headline acts Coldplay, Garbage, Stereophonics, Orbital, Roger Waters, Rod Stewart, and Air.
July 6 – Michael Jackson stages a public protest against Sony Music chairman Tommy Mottola, accusing him of taking part in a racist conspiracy within the music industry to exploit black recording artists. Sony responds with a statement calling Jackson’s remarks “ludicrous, spiteful and hurtful.”
July 12 – Buckcherry breaks up on the heels of lead singer Josh Todd’s decision to quit the group. They would reunite in 2005.
July 28 – The Area2 Festival, featuring headline acts Moby, David Bowie, Busta Rhymes, Ash, and Blue Man Group, begins a three-week tour in Washington, DC.
August 17 – The Snow Mountain Music Festival opens in Lijiang, China.
August 19 – Nickelback leaves the stage during the second song of their performance at the Ilha do Ermal festival in Portugal after being relentlessly pelted with rocks and bottles by the crowd.
September 3 – Napster is shut down for good after a judge denies a bid from Bertelsmann to purchase its assets.
September 4 – Kelly Clarkson is crowned the first winner of the television talent contest, American Idol.
September 11 – Marie Fredriksson of Roxette is injured in a domestic accident, leading to the discovery of a brain tumor.
September 20 – Courtney Love announces that her legal dispute with the surviving members of Nirvana has been resolved, paving the way for the unreleased track “You Know You’re Right” to be included on an upcoming compilation.
September 28 – A stretch of Tennessee State Route 19 is officially named for Tina Turner, who was born and raised in nearby Nutbush, Tennessee.
October 2 – Robbie Williams signs a new six-album deal with EMI for £80 million, the most lucrative contract ever signed by a UK musician. Christina Aguilera releases her controversial music video for “Dirrty”, the lead single from her second album Stripped.
October 13 – The fifth Terrastock festival is held in Boston, USA.
October 24 – Mikey “Bug” Cox is fired from Coal Chamber after disputes with other members about his drug addiction.
October 26 – Christina Aguilera releases her controversial second studio album Stripped, which enters the Billboard 200 at number 2, selling 330,000 copies in its first week. Stripped is the first studio album in three years since Christina Aguilera (1999).
October 30 – Jam Master Jay is shot dead at a studio in Queens. Run-D.M.C. disbands. Warren Zevon, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer, is the sole guest for the entire hour of Late Show with David Letterman. It would be his final public performance.
November 7 – Guns N’ Roses fans in Vancouver riot after a concert, which was to kick off the band’s first tour in nine years, is canceled due to Axl Rose’s flight getting delayed.
November 10 – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, Tom Petty and Brian Setzer guest-star on an episode of The Simpsons set at a Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp.
November 19 – Michael Jackson dangles his nine-month-old son over the balcony of his Berlin hotel room in an apparent attempt to connect with the fans below. He releases a statement later that day calling the incident a “terrible mistake”.
November 29 – Concert For George is held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, as a memorial to George Harrison on the first anniversary of his death, under the musical direction of friend Eric Clapton. Performers included Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Ravi Shankar, and Billy Preston. The event benefitted the Material World Charitable Foundation.
November 30 – British girl group Girls Aloud is formed on the reality television show Popstars: The Rivals.
December 2 – Peter Garrett leaves Midnight Oil.
December 6 – Another riot over a canceled Guns N’ Roses concert breaks out, this time in Philadelphia, after Axl Rose is a no-show. The band cancels the remaining dates of the tour without explanation.
December 29 – A Creed concert in Chicago angers fans in attendance when lead singer Scott Stapp forgets many lyrics, takes a lengthy leave of absence in the middle of the show and lies down on the stage for part of the performance. The band’s manager issues a written apology that includes the statement “we hope that you can take some solace in the fact that you definitely experienced the most unique of all Creed shows and may have become part of the unusual world of rock ‘n’ roll history!”
December 31 – Phish end their two-year hiatus with a New Year’s Eve concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
January – Canadian post-hardcore band Silverstein formed.
January 1 – In New York City, USA, at precisely midnight the Artist Formerly Known As Prince celebrates the new millennium by playing his anthemic “1999”, in what he vows is the song’s finale. British composer John Tavener is knighted in the New Year’s Honours List.
January 6 – Blink-182 released their single “All The Small Things”, which excelled on U.S. Billboard charts: no.1 on Modern Rock Tracks and no.6 on the Hot 100. The music video was a parody of famous contemporary boybands, pre-eminently Backstreet Boys – it won ‘Best Group Video’ at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards and was also nominated for ‘Video of the Year’.
January 11 – Gary Glitter is released from jail, two months before his sentence for sexual offences ends. Sharon Osbourne quits as manager of Smashing Pumpkins after only three months. In a brash press release she announces she had to resign “for medical reasons: Billy Corgan was making me sick.” Singer Whitney Houston is caught with 15.2 grams of marijuana in her bag at a Hawaii airport. She boards her flight to San Francisco before police can arrive to arrest her.
January 14 – Rolling Stone reveals that the two children of Melissa Etheridge and her partner, Julie Cypher, were fathered by David Crosby.
January 18 – Spencer Goodman is executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas, for the 1991 kidnap and murder of the wife of ZZ Top manager Bill Ham in 1991. Ham is present at the execution.
February 9 – The Million Dollar Hotel, a film co-written by U2 lead singer Bono, premieres at the 50th Berlinale (Berlin Film Festival).
February 11 – Diana Ross divorces Arne Næss, Jr. her husband of 14 years.
February 16 – The Silver Tassie, an opera by Mark-Anthony Turnage, receives its première at the London Coliseum, performed by the English National Opera.
February 23 – At the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, Santana wins a record 8 Grammys in one night tying Michael Jackson who won 8 in 1984. Christina Aguilera won Best New Artist.
February 24 – Italian motorcycle manufacturing company Aprilia wins a lawsuit filed against the Spice Girls over a sponsorship deal that fell apart when Geri Halliwell left the group.
February 28 – Songwriter Stan Penridge files a lawsuit against the rock band KISS, the band’s publishing company and Universal Music Group, claiming that he had not received millions of dollars in publishing royalties that he was owed for the song “Beth”.
March 6 – Foxy Brown is injured in a car accident in Brooklyn, New York, in which her car hit a fence. Police discover that Brown was driving with a suspended driver license and order her to appear in court in April. Brown’s license was suspended for failing to appear in court for a parking violation.
March 11 – 311 (band) holds their first 3–11 Day concert at Tower Records in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
March 13 – Blink-182 end their European tour early after guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge and drummer Travis Barker succumb to strep throat.
March 24 – After violating a prior probation agreement by getting drunk, Ol’ Dirty Bastard is ordered to undergo a 90 day diagnostic evaluation at the California Institute For Men in Chino, California.
March 27 – *NSYNC sets a new first-week sales record with 2.4 million copies of No Strings Attached sold, smashing the old record of 1.1 million.
March 28 – Jimmy Page wins a lawsuit filed against Ministry magazine, which claimed that Page had contributed to the death of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham by wearing a Satanic robe and chanting spells while Bonham was dying. The magazine apologizes and offers to pay Page’s legal bills. Page donates the money received from the case to the Action for Brazil’s Children Trust.
April 1 – Ted Nugent angers Hispanic groups in Texas after onstage remarks he makes during a concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, in which he says that those who did not speak English should get out of America. He is banned from the venue as a result.
April 4 – Mick Jagger attends the opening of an arts center named after him at Dartford Grammar School in southeast England.
April 6 – Shawn Colvin, James Taylor, Cyndi Lauper, Richard Thompson, Sweet Honey, Elton John, Cassandra Wilson, Wynonna Judd, k.d. lang, Bryan Adams, and Mary Chapin Carpenter perform in New York as part of a tribute to Joni Mitchell.
April 12 – Metallica files a lawsuit against the peer-to-peer service Napster, as well as Yale University, University of Southern California and Indiana University for copyright infringement. Yale and Indiana are later dropped from the suit when they block access to Napster on campus computers.
May 1 – A $1.8 million civil fraud lawsuit is filed against Neil Young in Los Angeles Superior Court by a former Village Voice writer. The lawsuit charges that Young broke an agreement to have a biography written about him when he blocked the book’s publication.
May 4 – Letters To Cleo play their last concert in Boston; they disband the following month.
May 5 – Rod Stewart undergoes an hour-long throat operation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to remove a growth on his thyroid, which turns out to be benign.
May 6 – John Mellencamp receives an honorary Doctor of Music degree as the commencement speaker for Indiana University’s Class of 2000.
May 13 – The 45th Eurovision Song Contest final, held in Stockholm’s Globe Arena, is won by Denmark’s Olsen Brothers and the song “Fly on the Wings of Love”. Dickey Betts is Kicked out of The Allman Brothers Band and replaced with Warren Haynes.
May 16 – Britney Spears’s second LP, Oops!… I Did It Again sells 1.3 million copies in its debut week and 500,000 on the first day of its release, giving it the highest first-week sales by any solo artist in US history, until Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP” a few weeks later. The album sold over 20 million copies becoming the best-selling album by female artist of the decade.
Prince announces that he has changed his name back to Prince now that his publishing contract with Warner/Chappell has expired. He had been known as an unpronounceable symbol, since 1993.
May 24 – 50 Cent is shot nine times in Queens. After spending time in hospital he returns to recording and performing.
May 25 – Eddie Van Halen begins treatment for prevention of tongue cancer at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
May 29 – Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey are named the Best Selling Male and Female artist of the millennium at the World Music Awards in Monaco.
May 30 – Eminem’s second LP, The Marshall Mathers LP sells 1.76 million copies on its debut week, becoming the fastest selling rap album ever according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Produced by Dr. Dre, the album breaks the previous record of 803,000 copies set by Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, also produced by Dr. Dre.
June 8 – Sinéad O’Connor comes out as a lesbian in an interview with Curve magazine.
June 20 – Billy Gilman’s debut album One Voice was released under Epic Records. The album was certified 2x platinum, making Gilman the youngest artist in music history to perform the feat. 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 on 2000, only behind Tina Turner’s Twenty Four Seven retirement tour.
June 23 to 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 and July 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 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.
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. Britney Spears performed her hit single “Oops!…I Did It Again”, becoming one of the VMA’s most iconic and controversial performances due to her skin-coloured outfit.
September 13 – The first Latin Grammy Awards are held.
September 19 – Madonna releases “Music”.
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 Prime Minister John Howard’s refusal to apologise to the Stolen Generation.
October 5 – 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 bestsellers list. EMI and Warner Music 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 17 – Limp Bizkit release Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water selling over a million copies in it first week of release, a new record for a rock album.
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’s debut album, Hybrid Theory, is released and debuts at number 16 on the Billboard 200, with 47,000 copies sold in its first week. It would later become the best selling album of 2001, and later become certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005.
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 7 – The Mark, Tom and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!) is released by Blink-182. It is the first and only live album by the American pop-punk band. It also features the single “Man Overboard” which does relatively well in the charts.
November 18 – A new musical adaptation of Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck by Robert Wilson and Tom Waits opens in Copenhagen.
December – Tripp Eisen formerly of Dope replaces Koichi Fukuda in Static-X.
December 2 – The Backstreet Boys debuts with 1.6 million with Black & Blue and becomes the first artists in history to achieve back-to-back million-plus first week sales. It also sells 5 million worldwide and sets a record for the best International Sales Week in History. The Smashing Pumpkins played what was to be their final concert at the Metro Club in Chicago. The band would reunite in 2005.
December 22 – 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 Joel and Ethan Coen film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? is released, with 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.
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.