1999 - Britney Spears is the big winner at the 1999 MTV Europe Music Awards, held at the Point in Dublin. The teen artist wins best female, best pop, best breakthrough artist and best song for "...Baby One More Time."
Melissa Auf Der Maur's long-in-the-works solo debut will finally be out in late spring via Capitol, according to a spokesperson. The as-yet-untitled set will be supported with a tour, with details yet to be pinned down.
Johnny Cash's final album with noted producer Rick Rubin will most likely include an emotional, newly recorded version of country star Larry Gatlin's "Help Me." Previewed for Billboard.com by Rubin, the stripped-down, acoustic track proves a heart-wrenching listen, as it finds Cash -- just a few months before his death -- asking God for more time on Earth.
Jane's Addiction and Marilyn Manson have confirmed a five-date tour in late December and early January, including a New Year's Eve show at New York's Madison Square Garden. The tour begins Dec. 27 at the Palace of Auburn Hills outside Detroit and also includes stops Dec. 28 outside Washington, D.C.; a Dec. 30 show in Cleveland, a Jan. 2 show outside Boston and the Jan. 3 finale outside Philadelphia.
The Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution have joined with the Federal City Council to create a National Music Center & Museum in Washington, D.C., Billboard Bulletin reports. According to Mayor Anthony Williams, the center will be a state-of-the-art facility to showcase America's musical heritage.
R&B/soul vocalist Avant will release his third album, "Private Room," Dec. 9 via Geffen. First single "Read Your Mind" jumps 14-10 on this week's Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and is No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Buddy Arnold, a jazz saxophonist who co-founded a major music industry treatment program for drug and alcohol addiction, has died from complications resulting from open heart surgery. He was 77. Arnold died yesterday (Nov. 9) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.