Fans of Shania Twain and Tim McGraw stepped up to the ballot box en masse for the first of Billboard.com's Year In Music polls. A whopping 116,723 votes were cast to crown Twain's "Up!" as the favorite album of the year. The Mercury set, which also topped Billboard's year-end Top Country Albums tally and was No. 3 on The Billboard 200 wrap-up, drew 40% of the vote.
The third annual Bonnaroo Music Festival has been slated for June 11-13 in Manchester, Tenn. Staged by Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment, the eclectic jam band-based event will again take place on a 600-acre farm approximately 60 miles southeast of Nashville. An initial artist lineup has not yet been announced.
1999 - Sean "Puffy" Combs is arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon when a gun is found in his vehicle after he leaves a chaotic scene at a New York club where three people are shot. Jennifer Lopez, who is with him at the time of the arrest, is questioned and released. The following day, Combs (and his lawyer) meet with the press to deny any involvement in the shooting.
In his first interview since being charged with child molestation, pop star Michael Jackson vehemently denied the allegations but insists there is nothing wrong in sleeping with children, according to excerpts released by CBS News. "Before I would hurt a child, I would slit my wrists," Jackson told "60 Minutes" correspondent Ed Bradley.