His hands cuffed behind his back, Michael Jackson was taken into custody by the Santa Barbara County (Calif.) sheriff's department just after noon PT today (Nov. 20). He faces multiple counts of child molestation. Jackson later waved to reporters after posting $3 million bail and drove away with a police escort.
Legendary record producer Phil Spector, charged with murder in the shooting death of an actress at his California hilltop mansion, told his chauffeur that night that he thought he had "killed somebody," according to a police report.
"The Black Album" gives Jay-Z his sixth No. 1 release as it debuts atop The Billboard 200 this week. One of six top-10 debuts, the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam set sold 463,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, to lead the field, despite being released off-cycle on Friday (new albums are typically released on Tuesdays).
Authorities today (Nov. 19) an arrest warrant had been issued for Michael Jackson in a child molestation case. "There is an arrest warrant for Michael Jackson," said senior Deputy Tim Gracey of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. Gracey said Jackson was in Las Vegas and authorities were negotiating with his lawyer for his surrender.
After a tumultuous recent history which has seen its members incarcerated, dropped from record labels and at odds with one another, pioneering hip-hop collective the Wu-Tang Clan will embark on what is said to be its final tour next year, Billboard.com can reveal. The 60-city outing will likely get underway in May or June, coinciding with Riverhead Books' release of the comprehensive group history, "The Wu-Tang Manual."
1999 - It is announced that pop singer Jewel has pulled the plug on her anticipated New Year's Eve concert in Anchorage, Alaska, citing, among other things, worries over possible Y2K problems. But many Alaskans say the real problem is jacked-up ticket prices. At the time of the cancellation, only 1,000 of 8,000 available tickets ($65-$99) have been sold.