Tag: Madonna

Friday 10/2/2020 12:30 am ET: Feature LP: Madonna – True Blue Gold Edition (2015)

True Blue is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on June 30, 1986, by Sire Records. She co-wrote and produced the entire album with Stephen Bray and Patrick Leonard. True Blue deals with her visions of love, work, dreams as well as disappointments, and was inspired by her then husband Sean Penn, to whom Madonna dedicated the album. Musically, the songs on the album took a different direction from her previous endeavors, incorporating classical music in order to engage an older audience who had been skeptical of her music.

The album features instrumentation from acoustic guitars, drums, synthesizers and Cuban musical instruments. The topic for the songs range from love, freedom, and in the case of “Papa Don’t Preach”, social issues like teenage pregnancy. After its release, True Blue received critical acclaim, with music critics who complimented the album as the archetype of the late 1980s and early 1990s pop albums. They also praised the fact that Madonna’s voice sounded stronger than it did on her previous efforts, while commending Madonna’s skills as a singer, songwriter and entertainer.

True Blue was an immediate global success, reaching number one in then record-breaking 28 countries across the world, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. It spent 34 consecutive weeks at the top of the European Top 100 Albums chart, longer than any other album in history. It became the world’s top-selling album of 1986, as well as the best-selling album of the 1980s by a female artist. With estimated sales of over 25 million copies worldwide, True Blue remains one of the best-selling albums of all time. Five singles released from the album—”Live to Tell”, “Papa Don’t Preach”, “True Blue”, “Open Your Heart”, and “La Isla Bonita”—all reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 or the UK Singles Chart.

The album was promoted on Madonna’s second concert tour, 1987’s Who’s That Girl World Tour, which visited cities in North America, Europe and Asia. True Blue is credited as being the album which established Madonna’s position as the biggest female artist of the 1980s, rivaling male musicians like Michael Jackson and Prince. The album’s singles and their accompanying music videos have sparked debates among scholars and social groups. She became the first female artist to receive the Video Vanguard Award at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards in recognition of her impact on popular culture. The album also gave her first appearance on the Guinness Book of World Records.

  1. “Papa Don’t Preach” Extended Remix 5:51
  2. “Open Your Heart” 4:13
  3. “White Heat” 4:40
  4. “Live to Tell” 5:51
  5. “Where’s the Party” 4:21
  6. “True Blue” (The Color Mix) 6:40
  7. “La Isla Bonita” Extended Remix 5:22
  8. “Jimmy Jimmy” 3:55
  9. “Love Makes the World Go Round” Extended Remix 6:55
  10. “True Blue” Peter Slaghuis Remix 7:57
  11. “La Isla Bonita” Peter Slaghuis Remix 5:19
  12. “Live To Tell” Demo 6:12
  13. “Ain’t No Big Deal” (’97 Extended) 6:36
  14. “Each Time You Break My Heart” Demo 4:18
  15. “Tell Me” 3:03
  16. “Love Makes The World Go Round” Demo #1 4:05
  17. “Live To Tell” AT CLOSE RANGE Extended Remix 18:50
  18. “True Blue Album 2015 Summer Mix” 15.54

Madonna – producer, lead vocals, background vocals
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff – art direction
Dave Boroff – saxophone
Stephen Bray – producer, music programming, drums, keyboards, drum programming
Keithen Carter – background vocals
Paulinho da Costa – percussion
Bruce Gaitsch – guitar, electric guitar, rhythm guitar
Siedah Garrett – background vocals
Dann Huff – guitar
Michael Hutchinson – engineering
Jackie Jackson – background vocals
Paul Jackson Jr. – guitar
Edie Lehmann – background vocals
Patrick Leonard – producer, drum programming, drums, keyboards, programming
Jonathan Moffett – background vocals, drums, percussion
Richard Marx – background vocals
Jeri McManus – art direction, design
Billy Meyers – string arrangements
Dan Nebenzal – mixing, mixing assistant
John Putnam – guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Herb Ritts – photography
Michael Verdick – engineering, mixing at Channel Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California

David Williams – background vocals, guitar, rhythm guitar
Fred Zarr – keyboards
Ted Jensen – mastering at Sterling Sound, NYC

Wednesday 8/19/2020 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Madonna

Madonna Louise Ciccone (born August 16, 1958) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author, and record executive. Having been referred to as the “Queen of Pop” since the 1980s, she is regarded as one of the most impactful figures in popular culture. Madonna is noted for her continual reinvention and versatility in music production, songwriting, and visual presentation. She has pushed the boundaries of artistic expression in mainstream music, while remaining completely in charge of every aspect of her career. Her works, which incorporate social, political, sexual, and religious themes, have generated both critical acclaim and controversy. Madonna is often cited as an influence by other artists.

Born and raised in Michigan, Madonna moved to New York City in 1978 to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing as a drummer, guitarist, and vocalist in the rock bands Breakfast Club and Emmy, Madonna signed with Sire Records in 1982 and released her eponymous debut album the next year. She followed it with a series of successful albums, including all-time bestsellers Like a Virgin (1984) and True Blue (1986) as well as Grammy Award winners Ray of Light (1998) and Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005). Madonna has attained many number-one singles throughout her career, including “Like a Virgin”, “La Isla Bonita”, “Like a Prayer”, “Vogue”, “Take a Bow”, “Frozen”, “Music”, “Hung Up”, and “4 Minutes”.

Madonna’s popularity was further enhanced by roles in films such as Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Dick Tracy (1990), A League of Their Own (1992), and Evita (1996). While Evita earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, many of her other films received poor reviews. As a businesswoman, Madonna founded an entertainment company called Maverick (including the label Maverick Records) in 1992. Her other ventures include fashion brands, children’s books, health clubs, and filmmaking. She contributes to various charities, having founded Ray of Light Foundation in 1998 and Raising Malawi in 2006.

Having sold over 300 million records worldwide, Madonna is certified as the best-selling female music artist of all time by Guinness World Records. According to Billboard, Madonna is the most successful solo artist in its Hot 100 chart history. She holds the record for the most number-one singles by a female artist in Australia, Canada, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. She remains the highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time, accumulating U.S. $1.4 billion from her concert tickets. Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, her first year of eligibility. VH1 ranked her atop the 100 Greatest Women in Music, while Rolling Stone listed her among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.

 

Wednesday 11pm – Feature LP: Madonna – Madame X (2019)

Madame X is the fourteenth studio album by American singer and songwriter Madonna. It was released on June 14, 2019, by Interscope Records. The album was creatively influenced by her expatriate life in Lisbon, Portugal, after relocating there in summer 2017. Madonna co-wrote and co-produced the album with a number of musicians, including Mirwais, Mike Dean, and Jason Evigan. It also features guest appearances by Maluma, Quavo, Swae Lee, and Anitta.

The album was promoted by the singles “Medellín” and “Crave”, as well as three other promotional singles preceding the album’s release. The Madame X Tour, an all-theatre tour in North America and Europe, is scheduled to begin on September 12, 2019. Music critics gave generally positive reviews for the album, praising its unique and experimental composition. Madame X debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, becoming her ninth number-one album in the United States.

1. “Medellín” (with Maluma) 4:58
2. “Dark Ballet” 4:14
3. “God Control” 6:19
4. “Future” (with Quavo) 3:53
5. “Batuka” 4:57
6. “Killers Who Are Partying” 5:28
7. “Crave” (with Swae Lee) 3:21
8. “Crazy” 4:02
9. “Come Alive” 4:02
10. “Extreme Occident” 3:41
11. “Faz Gostoso” (featuring Anitta) 4:05
12. “Bitch I’m Loca” (featuring Maluma) 2:50
13. “I Don’t Search I Find” 4:08
14. “Looking for Mercy” 4:50
15. “I Rise” 3:44

Tuesday 2pm: Sounds of The 80’s

This week we feature extended remix versions of eighties hits from Donna Summer, Peter Wolf, Paul Abdul, Brothers Johnson, Madonna, Diana Ross, Huey Lewis and The News, Duran Duran, Flaco and more more more

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

When we get together this evening for “Great Soul Performances” I’ll be saluting the city of Memphis, Tennessee, with many of the artists from Stax and Hi Records. In addition, you’ll hear recollections and the sounds of my former Memphis Radio Station; the Big 1070 Soul, WDIA. On the playlist will be: Booker T. & the MGs, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave, Ann Peebles, the Soul Children, Otis Redding, Al Green, Ollie & the Nightingales, Isaac Hayes, the Temprees, the Staple Singers, Johnnie Taylor and more. It begins at 7PM ET, then immediately following on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” we’ll be presenting music from: Earth, Wind & Fire, Barry White, Madonna, Tone Loc, Jocko Henderson, the Main Ingredient, Yarbrough & Peoples, Ben E. King, New Edition, the Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis and several others. I thinks it’s going to be a good evening for music and memories as we spotlight the music of Memphis and the 50,000 watt Soul Giant, WDIA and fabulous 80s sounds on “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2:The 80s,” on the “Home Of The Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Thursday 11pm: Feature LP: Madonna – Like A Virgin (1984) @madonna

Like a Virgin is the second studio album by American singer and songwriter Madonna, released on November 12, 1984, by Sire Records. It was reissued worldwide outside of the US in 1985, with the inclusion of “Into the Groove”. In 2001, Warner Bros. Records released a remastered version with two bonus remix tracks. After the release of her self-titled debut album, Madonna wanted to solidify her future in the music business, by building on the success of the first album. She decided to become one of the record producers, but Warner Bros. was not ready to give her the artistic freedom that she wanted. Nile Rodgers was chosen as the primary producer of the album, due to his work with David Bowie.

The album was recorded at Power Station Studio in New York at a quick pace. Rodgers enlisted the help of his former Chic bandmates Bernard Edwards, who was the bassist, and Tony Thompson, who played drums; they appeared on several tracks of the album. Rodgers decided to be the guitarist, when Edwards requested him to do so, in exchange of their help. Jason Corsaro, the record’s audio engineer, persuaded Rodgers to use digital recording, a new technique introduced at that time. The cover sleeve and images were shot by Steven Meisel. Madonna wanted the album title and the cover image to make provocative link between her own religious name Madonna, as the Roman Catholic title for Jesus’ mother Mary, and the Christian concept of the virgin birth.

While not a substantial musical departure from Madonna’s first album, she felt that the material from Like a Virgin was stronger. Along with Rodgers, Madonna also collaborated with her former boyfriend Steve Bray, who co-wrote many songs on the album. Consisting of dance-pop oriented music, the songs also incorporated new wave. After its release, Like a Virgin received mixed reviews from the critics, but was a commercial success. It became Madonna’s first number one album on the Billboard 200, while reaching the top of the charts in Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it diamond for shipment of ten million copies across the United States. Worldwide it has sold 21 million copies, becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time.

Five singles were released from the album, including Madonna’s first US number-one “Like a Virgin” and her first UK number-one “Into the Groove”. To promote the album, she embarked on The Virgin Tour, which had shows in cities of North America only. Like a Virgin has attained significance as a cultural artifact of the 1980s. Madonna proved that she was not a one-hit wonder and was able to provide herself with a permanent footing in the music world. Her songs became a lightning rod for both criticism by conservatives and imitation by the younger female population, especially “Material Girl” and “Like a Virgin”. According to author J. Randy Taraborrelli, “Every important artist has at least one album in his or her career whose critical and commercial success becomes the artist’s magic moment; for Madonna, Like a Virgin was just such a defining moment”. – Wikipedia

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Wednesday 6pm: Great Soul Performances 2 The 80s with Bobby Jay

Coming up on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” at 6PM eastern time will be: Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Madonna, D Train, Prince & the Revolution, Stacy Lattisaw, Heavy D & the Boys, Fat Larry’s Band, the Pointer Sisters and more. That’s 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT and 3PM PT for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Wednesday 7pm: Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s with Bobby Jay

gsp-bjThis evening on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” on tap will be music from the likes of: The Gap Band, Madonna, Luther Vandross & Cheryl Lynn, Shalamar, the Whispers, the late George Michael & Wham, Atlantic Starr, Stephanie Mills, Rene & Angela, Irene Cara and others. Showtime is 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. Please join me later for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on the best music station on the Internet, RadioMaxMusic.

Monday 9am: Labor Day Live Tracks

LaborDay2016Today Labor Day 2016 we feature Live tracks all day from great artists all day then a special Vinyl Resting Place Labor Day at 5pm with Willie B.  Today you will hear Live tracks from Joni Mitchell, Kelly Clarkson, Cyndi Lauper, Journey, Bob Seger, Elton John, Steve Miller Band, Genesis, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Kiss, Nils Lofgren, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Madonna, Vixen, Tom Petty, Lisa Marie Presley, John Fogerty and many more.

Wednesday 7pm: Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s with Bobby Jay

gsp2I think you are going to enjoy and love this evening’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s.” On the playlist; aside from the “King of Pop” Michael Jackson, you’ll also hear from: Quincy Jones & James Ingram, the Temptations, Donna Summer, Grandmaster Flash, Luther Vandross, Madonna, Barry White, plus I’ll get downright nostalgic with music from: the Capris, New Edition with Little Anthony Gourdine, Manhattan Transfer, Deniece Williams, Fred Parris & the Five Satins, Ray, Goodman & Brown, Process & the Doo Rags and much more. As you can see, its gonna be a full plate. Join me at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s.” I’ll have a lot of “Soul For Your Bowl,” later on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

BObbyJay+“Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s,” is now being heard on Sunday evenings at 7PM eastern starting today, so, this evening you’ll be hearing from: Stevie Wonder, the Whispers, the O’Jays, Sylvia, Grand Master Flash, Joyce Sims & Jimmy Castor, Madonna, Peaches & Herb, the Jacksons, the Temptations and more. Remember beginning today, tune in for “G.S.P. 2: The 80’s” at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT, at the home of the hits, RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Feature LP: Madonna – Rebel Heart (2015) 10pm ET

Madonna Rebel HeartRebel Heart is the thirteenth studio album by American singer Madonna. It was released on March 6, 2015 by UMG Recordings. After a flurry of unexpected album content leaks, including thirteen early demos in December 2014, the record’s release was locked in for March 2015, and six of its tracks were officially released onto iTunes on December 20, 2014. On the same day, “Living for Love” was released as the album’s lead single. “Ghosttown” is scheduled to be released as the second single from Rebel Heart on March 13, 2015. Musically, Rebel Heart is a pop and dance record.

1 Living for Love   3:38
2 Devil Pray   4:05
3 Ghosttown   4:08
4 Unapologetic Bitch   3:50
5 Illuminati   3:43
6 Bitch I’m Madonna (featuring Nicki Minaj) 3:47
7 Hold Tight   3:37
8 Joan of Arc   4:01
9 Iconic (feat Chance the Rapper,  Mike Tyson) 4:33
10 HeartBreakCity   3:33
11 Body Shop   3:39
12 Holy Water   4:09
13 Inside Out   4:23
14 Wash All Over Me   4:00
15 Best Night   3:33
16 Veni Vidi Vici (featuring Nas) 4:39
17 S.E.X.   4:11
18 Messiah   3:22
19 Rebel Heart   3:21
20 Beautiful Scars   4:19
21 Borrowed Time   3:24
22 Addicted   3:33
23 Graffiti Heart   3:39
24 Living for Love (Paulo & Jackinsky Full Mix) 7:14
25 Living for Love (Funk Generation H3drush Dub) 6:07

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 5pm ET

max-xmas-1This afternoon, “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” presents our first annual “Christmas Show.” Several of Santa’s elves will be here like: Ray Parker, Jr., the Whispers, Run-D.M.C., Al Green, Madonna, Johnny Gil, Jon Bon Jovi, Kurtis Blow, Buster Poindexter, comedy from Bob Rivers and many other 80’s Holiday favorites.  Following will be the encore performance of last night’s “Great Soul Performances” “Christmas Special.” Fantastic artists on board; if you missed it, like: Isaac Hayes, the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Nat & Natalie Cole, Denice & Vince Montana, “Tiny Tim” Timothy Wilson, Charles Brown, Larry Darnell, the Supremes, bluesman Roy C, the Jackson 5 and many others. It hits at 7PM ET. In other words, you’ll have four straight hours of holiday music starting at 5PM eastern. How about that? So join me later for all the festivities only on RadioMaxMusic.com.

Artist Countdown: Madonna Top 85 Hits 1pm ET @Madonna

madonnaMadonna Louise Ciccone (born August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Madonna is known for reinventing both her music and image, and for retaining a standard of autonomy within the recording industry. Music critics have acclaimed her musical productions which have also been known to induce controversy. Often referred to as the “Queen of Pop”, she is cited as an influence among other artists around the world.

Born in Bay City, Michigan, Madonna moved to New York City to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, she signed with Sire Records in 1982 and released her self-titled debut album the following year. She followed it with a series of commercially successful albums, including the Grammy Award winners Ray of Light (1998) and Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005). Throughout her career, she has written and produced most of her songs, with many of them reaching number one on the record charts, including “Like a Virgin”, “Into the Groove”, “Papa Don’t Preach”, “Like a Prayer”, “Vogue”, “Frozen”, “Music”, “Hung Up”, and “4 Minutes”.

Madonna’s popularity was further enhanced by her film roles; she garnered a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Evita (1996) while most of her other films have received harsh feedback. Her other ventures include fashion design, writing children’s books, and film directing and producing. She has been acclaimed as a businesswoman, most notably after she founded entertainment company Maverick (including the label Maverick Records) in 1992 as a joint venture with Time Warner. In 2007, she signed an unprecedented US $120 million 360 deal with Live Nation.

Madonna has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), she is the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century and the second best-selling female artist in the United States, with 64.5 million certified albums. Billboard ranked her at number two, behind only The Beatles, on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, making her the most successful solo artist in the history of American singles chart. The magazine also declared her as the top-touring female artist of all time. She became one of the five founding members of the UK Music Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1 Like a Prayer
2 4 Minutes (featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland)
3 Hung Up
4 Papa Don’t Preach
5 Frozen
6 Music
7 Die Another Day
8 La Isla Bonita
9 True Blue
10 American Pie
11 Don’t Cry for Me Argentina
12 Justify My Love
13 Like a Virgin
14 Secret
15 Who’s That Girl
16 Me Against the Music (Britney Spears featuring Madonna)
17 American Life
18 Don’t Tell Me
19 Beautiful Stranger
20 Erotica
21 Sorry
22 Give Me All Your Luvin’ (featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.)
23 Open Your Heart
24 Material Girl
25 Deeper and Deeper
26 Give It 2 Me
27 Ray of Light
28 What It Feels Like for a Girl
29 Celebration
30 Express Yourself
31 Vogue
32 This Used to Be My Playground
33 Causing a Commotion
34 Nothing Really Matters
35 Cherish
36 You’ll See
37 Rain
38 The Power of Good-Bye
39 Dress You Up
40 Rescue Me
41 Hollywood
42 Take a Bow
43 Get Together
44 Crazy for You
45 Live to Tell
46 Hanky Panky
47 Jump
48 Holiday
49 I’ll Remember
50 Human Nature
51 Drowned World (Substitute for Love)
52 Miles Away
53 You Must Love Me
54 Bad Girl
55 Angel
56 Love Profusion
57 Borderline
58 Nothing Fails
59 Into the Groove
60 Girl Gone Wild
61 Gambler
62 Bedtime Story
63 Dear Jessie
64 Oh Father
65 Keep It Together
66 Fever
67 Love Don’t Live Here Anymore
68 Revolver (featuring Lil Wayne)
69 Lucky Star
70 The Look of Love
71 One More Chance
72 Bye Bye Baby
73 Another Suitcase in Another Hall
74 Burning Up
75 Turn Up the Radio
76 Spotlight
77 Impressive Instant 
78 Everybody
79 Buenos Aires
80 Mother and Father
81 Superstar
82 Sky Fits Heaven
83 Masterpiece
84 Candy Perfume Girl
85 Ain’t No Big Deal

Feature Year: 1998 (Part 1 9a) (Part 2 9p) ET #1998 @RadioMax

1998January – Interscope Records pays a radio station in Portland, Oregon, USA, $5000 to play the Limp Bizkit single “Counterfeit” fifty times. The business move is widely criticized in the media as “payola”, but the controversy serves to further increase publicity for the band.
January 28 – “Weird Al” Yankovic gets LASIK surgery to cure his myopia. At the same time, he grows out his hair and shaves off his moustache, radically changing his signature look.
January 31 – The Presidents of the United States of America play a farewell show in their hometown of Seattle. They would reunite in 2000.
February – Carnatic vocalist M. S. Subbulakshmi becomes the first musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.
February 5 – Former Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford publicly reveals his homosexuality for the first time in an interview with MTV.
February 15 – Sir Edward Elgar’s unfinished third symphony, completed by Anthony Payne is performed for the first time at the Royal Festival Hall, London, UK.
February 19 The Stray Cats reunite for a benefit show for the Carl Perkins Foundation at House of Blues in Los Angeles, USA.
February 22 – In Los Angeles, California, Stevie Wonder is honored as the 1999 MusiCares Person of the Year.
February 23 – “Frozen”, the first single from Madonna’s eighth studio album, Ray of Light, is released. The single is a worldwide hit, peaking at #2 on US Billboard Hot 100 and becoming her first single to enter the charts at #1 in the UK.
February 24 Elton John is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom at Buckingham Palace, London, UK. He was mistakenly introduced as “Sir John Elton”, but was renamed “Sir Elton John”.
February 28 – Haitian group RAM survive an assassination attempt while performing at a carnival, after a disagreement with the newly elected mayor of Port-au-Prince.
March 3 – Madonna releases her seventh studio album Ray of Light. The album eventually sells over 16 million copies worldwide and gains Madonna four Grammy Awards.
March 10 – The South Korean-made MPMan, the first mass-produced digital audio player, is launched at the CeBIT trade fair in Hanover, Germany.
March 13 – The Smashing Pumpkins file a US$1 million lawsuit against UK-based Sound And Media Ltd, alleging that the company has released a book and CD about the band without proper clearance.
March 17 – Van Halen III is released. It is the first Van Halen album to feature Gary Cherone on vocals.
March 26 – Chuck Negron files a lawsuit against his fellow Three Dog Night band mates alleging that they broke a 1990 settlement agreement and interfered with his career.
April 3 – Dave Navarro is fired by The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
April 6 – Organizers announce that Lollapalooza will not be staged in 1998 due to the inability to sign a major headlining act. The festival would return in 2003.
April 7 – George Michael is arrested in a public restroom in Beverly Hills, California, USA for lewd conduct. He is subsequently sentenced to community service, and later describes it as a “subconsciously deliberate act”.
April 14 – The first VH1 Divas Live concert is broadcast on VH1, starring Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan, Céline Dion, Shania Twain and Mariah Carey.
April 17-19 – The second Terrastock festival takes place in San Francisco, USA.
April 29 – Steven Tyler breaks his knee at a concert in Anchorage, Alaska, USA, delaying Aerosmith’s Nine Lives Tour and necessitating camera angle adjustments for the filming of the video for “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”.
May – The third European Festival of Youth Choirs is held in Basel, Switzerland.
May 8 – A British court rules in favor of The Beatles and John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, stopping the release of another Live at the Star Club recording. All copies of the recording and the original tape are awarded to the Beatles, as well as damages and legal costs.
May 9 – The 43rd Eurovision Song Contest, held in Birmingham, United Kingdom, is won by Israel’s transsexual performer Dana International with the song “Diva” See:
May 31 – Geri Halliwell goes into hiding as her public relations representative, Julian Torton, confirms that she has left the Spice Girls permanently.
June 1 – Scott Weiland’s public problems with drugs continue when he is arrested in New York after buying heroin.
July 3 – Westlife is formally created and signed to the record label BMG.
July 5 – Teen singer Billie Piper starts her career by becoming the youngest British solo artist to debut at #1 on the UK singles charts with “Because We Want To”.
August 18 – Korn’s third studio album, Follow the Leader, enters Billboard 200 at number 1, with 268,000 copies sold in its first week. It goes on to be certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA and sell over 14 million copies worldwide, thus launching nu metal into the mainstream.
August 24 – Pearl Jam’s “Do the Evolution” video premieres on MTV’s 120 Minutes; it is the group’s first music video in six years.
August 25 – Lauryn Hill releases her breakthrough debut album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. The album goes on to be certified 7x Platinum by the RIAA and sell over 19 million copies worldwide.
August 29 – The Bee Gees open their One Night Only tour in Dublin, Ireland
September 14 – Total Request Live is broadcast for the first time on MTV.
September 16 – Lou Reed performs for President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel at the White House.
October 5 – MuchMoreMusic is launched in Canada.
October 8 – The Recording Industry Association of America files in court against Diamond Multimedia in an attempt to block the release of the new Rio PMP300, arguing that the MP3 digital audio player is a music piracy device. The RIAA’s application is denied on October 26, clearing the way for the PMP300 to become the first commercially successful MP3 player.
October 23 – Britney Spears’ debut single, “…Baby One More Time”, is released. It would become the top-selling single of 1999, selling over nine million units worldwide.
October 27 – The Copyright Term Extension Act is signed into law, giving the entertainment industry 20 more years of exclusive rights to all works created since 1923.
December – Young violinists Nicola Benedetti and Alina Ibragimova play Bach’s double violin concerto under the baton of Yehudi Menuhin at the opening ceremony of the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at UNESCO in Paris.
December 5 – Billboard changes its policy for its Hot 100 chart to allow airplay-only singles or album cuts to be accounted in the chart.