On This Day

Events in Music in 1999

  • Jan 10 Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook) achieves his third UK No.1 single with 'Praise You'

Album Release

Feb 23 Hip Hop artist Eminem releases his first major record album 'The Slim Shady LP' (Grammy 2000 - Rap album)

Grammy Awards

Feb 24 41st Grammy Awards: My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic), Lauryn Hill wins

  • Mar 3 "Fortunate" single by Maxwell is released (Billboard Music Award Best R&B Single of the Year)

Hall of Fame

Mar 15 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Billy Joel; Curtis Mayfield; Paul McCartney; Del Shannon; Dusty Springfield; Bruce Springsteen; The Staple Singers; Charles Brown; Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys; and George Martin

  • Mar 22 "Amazed" single released by Lonestar (Billboard Song of the Year 1999)

Music Single

Mar 23 "Livin' la Vida Loca" sung by Ricky Martin released - goes on to sell over 8 million copies

  • May 18 "Millennium" 3rd studio album by the Backstreet Boys is released - one of the best-selling albums of all time, over 30 million copies sold

Film Release

May 19 "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace", directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Liam Neeson, is released in cinemas

  • May 29 44th Eurovision Song Contest: Charlotte Nilsson for Sweden wins singing "Take Me to Your Heaven" in Jerusalem

Album Release

Jun 1 British singer Dido's debut album, "No Angel", is released in the United States

Glastonbury Festival

Jun 25 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Skunk Anansie, Manic Street Preachers, and R.E.M headline; other performers include Al Green, Billy Bragg, Hole, Blondie, Lenny Kravitz, and Bare Naked Ladies

  • Jul 22 Woodstock '99 music festival begins at Griffiss Park, Rome, New York (runs until 25th); attended by 200,000, ended due to violence
  • Aug 9 The Diet of Japan enacts a law establishing the Hinomaru as the official national flag, and "Kimi Ga Yo" as national anthem.

Music Recording

Aug 12 Shakira records her first live album in New York City, titled "MTV Unplugged"

Album Release

Aug 31 "Fly" 5th studio album by Dixie Chicks is released (Grammy Award Best Country Album 2000, Billboard Album of the Year 2000)

Farm Aid Concert

Sep 12 Farm Aid 12 held in Bristow, Virginia; performers include Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews Band, Susan Tedeschi, Keb' Mo', Deana Carter, and Barenaked Ladies

Music Single

Oct 4 "Breathe" single released by Faith Hill (Billboard Song of the Year 2000)

Music Single

Oct 19 Cher releases "Believe" single (Billboard Song of the Year, 1999; Grammy Award Best Dance Recording, 2000)

Album Release

Nov 8 Tenor Andrea Bocelli releases his "Sacred Arias" album, the world's best-selling classical album by a single artist

Album Release

Nov 16 "The Chronic 2001" second studio album by dr dre is released

Music Single

Nov 22 "How Do You Like Me Now?!" single released by Toby Keith (Billboard Song of the Year 2000)

Music History

Dec 1 Rapper Jay-Z stabs record executive Lance "Un" Rivera at a night club in New York