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Left-wing anarchist folk-oriented singer-songwriter Fabrizio De Andre
dies of lung cancer, aged 58, in Milan, Italy, Europe.
Angel Of Mine by Monica reaches No1 in the Billboard
Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA.
, owner of LA's legendary Troubadour Club
dies of pneumonia, aged 72, in Midway Hospital Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Rapper Lamont Coleman, known as Big L of Tommy Boy label band Diggin’ In Tha Crates, is shot dead in front of his home in Harlem, New York City, USA.
1999 The New Masters (EP) by Prince
peaks at No150 in the Billboard
Albums Chart in the USA.
releases The Slim Shady LP
, his major label debut album, on Aftermath/Interscope Records, in the USA. It will turn double-platinum within a month.
Two albums by Robbie Williams
, Life Thru A Lens and I've Been Expecting You, are certified by the BPI as having each achieved 1.8m sales in the UK.
UK newspaper The Guardian reports that Meg Matthews, wife of Noel Gallagher
, has had to give up her job as a gossip columnist for the Sunday Times because her image "is at odds with the band's. They’re working class lads. All the hobnobbing and Meg's spending was sticking in craws…"
Gigolo Aunts play at The Paradise, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
, the sixth album by Prince
, is honoured for having achieved sales in excess of 10m, at the inaugural Diamond Awards in The Roseland Ballroom, New York City, USA.
The album 1999
by Prince is certified for achieving four million sales by The R.I.A.A.
in the USA.
Suffering from respiratory problems, jazz vocalist Joe Williams dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, aged 80.
Catatonia play at The Forum, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Coldplay
On the Reunion Tour, Bruce Springsteen
And The E Street Band play at Palasport, Bologna, Italy, Europe.
Portly jazz trumpeter Al Hirt
, nicknamed the Round Mound Of Sound, dies aged 76 of liver failure in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
release Ed Hunter
, on EMI/Chrysalis Records
in The UK. The album is a 2-CD compilation including a computer game based on the band's mascot, Eddie. The tracks on the album form the sountrack to the computer game, and were chosen by fans who voted for them
on the band's internet site.
The Backstreet Boys
release their second studio album, Millennium, worldwide. It will go on to sell over 40m copies.
Wiltshire-based blues band The Hoax
announce that they are splitting up after the release of four internationally-acclaimed albums.
Jazz crooner Mel Torme
, known as the Velvet Fog, dies of a stroke in Los Angeles, California, USA, aged 73.
receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
When Michael Jackson
plays at the Olympic Stadium
, Germany, Europe, a stage-prop bridge collapses as he dances along it, hurling him into the pit. He is not seriously injured.
The T In The Park festival is being held in Scotland.
and Orianne Cevey are wed in a civil ceremony in Begnins, Switzerland.
One of the bizarre highlights of the second day of the UK's annual Reading Festival is the appearance of former Dexy's Midnight Runners leader Kevin Rowland, in a white sarong and stockings, singing to backing tracks for fifteen minutes, while simulating sex with a pair of strippers in black underwear.
Wiltshire's most successful blues band The Hoax
release a new album, Live Forever, on East West Records.
British metal band Thunder
announce that they are to split due to 'outside business forces'. The Thunder Channel! fan club is closed down shortly afterwards.
When Prince begins a European promotional tour with a showcase at The Mermaid Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe, he is joined on stage for the encore by Beck and Beverley Knight.
Soul jazz composer, organist and saxophonist Charles Earland
dies of heart failure the day after playing a concert in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
During rehearsals for a concert in Bournemouth, UK, Boy George
has a brush with death when he is struck a glancing blow on the shoulder by a 300 kilo glitter-ball falling from the lighting rig.
Wax models of The Spice Girls
are unveiled at Madame Tussauds waxworks in London, UK.