1998 in music

1998 in music

This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1998.



*The single, "Iris", by the Goo Goo Dolls sets a new "Billboard" Hot 100 Airplay record in the U.S., 18 weeks at number one.Fact|date=April 2008
*Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee is arrested and charged with beating his wife, actress Pamela Anderson. Malibu, California sheriff deputies responded to reports of a disturbance and found Anderson bleeding from an injury to her hand.Fact|date=April 2008
*February 15 - Sir Edward Elgar's unfinished third symphony, completed by Anthony Payne is performed for the first time at the Royal Festival Hall.Fact|date=April 2008
*February 17 - Illegal Art and ®™ark release Deconstructing Beck which quickly spawned reactions from Beck's publisher, record label, and personal lawyer.Fact|date=April 2008
*February 19 - The Stray Cats reunite for a benefit show for the Carl Perkins Foundation at House of Blues in Los Angeles, California, USA.Fact|date=April 2008
*February 19 - Lorrie Morgan issues a statement denying a story reported in the tabloid Star magazine that claimed that the singer had an affair with US President Bill Clinton.Fact|date=April 2008
*February 22 - In Los Angeles, California, Stevie Wonder is honored as the 1999 MusiCares Person of the Year.Fact|date=April 2008
*February 24 - Elton John is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, London. The singer is mistakenly introduced as "Sir John Elton", but is renamed "Sir Elton John".Fact|date=April 2008
*February 24 - John Fogerty is awarded the 1998 Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award.Fact|date=April 2008
*February 28 - A failed assassination attempt against the band RAM during the Port-au-Prince Carnival celebration in Haiti results in the death of eight innocent bystanders.Fact|date=April 2008
*March 2 - Madonna embarks on a comeback album with "Ray of Light" which becomes four times platinum and wins three Grammy Awards including Best Pop Album and Best Dance Recording the following year.Fact|date=April 2008
*March 13 - The Smashing Pumpkins file a $1 million lawsuit against UK-based Sound And Media Ltd., alleging that the company released a book and CD about the band without proper clearances.Fact|date=April 2008
*March 17 - The Corrs perform at London's Royal Albert Hall.Fact|date=April 2008
*March 26 - Chuck Negron files a lawsuit against his fellow Three Dog Night band mates, alleging that they broke a 1990 settlement agreement and interfered with his career.Fact|date=April 2008
*April 1998 - John Frusciante rejoins the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the personal request of Flea.Fact|date=April 2008
*April 7 - George Michael is arrested in a public restroom in Beverly Hills, California for lewd conduct. He is sentenced to community service.Fact|date=April 2008
*April 29 - Steven Tyler breaks his knee at a concert in Anchorage, Alaska delaying Aerosmith's Nine Lives Tour and necessitating camera angle adjustments for the filming of the video for "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing".Fact|date=April 2008
*April–19 April - The second Terrastock festival is held in San Francisco, USA.
*May 8 - A British court rules in favor of the Beatles and John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, stopping the release of another "Live at the Star Club" recording. All copies of the recording and the original tape are awarded to the Beatles, as well as damages and legal costs.Fact|date=April 2008
*May - The 3rd EJCF in Basel was held.
*May 29 - Geri Halliwell goes into hiding and her PR Julian Torton confirms that she has left the Spice Girls permanently. [cite web|url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1429905/19980531/halliwell_geri.jhtml|title=Geri Halliwell Quits Spice Girls|date=1998|publisher=MTV.com|accessdate=2008-09-26]
*June 23rd - Silverchair begin recording Neon Ballroom.
*July 8th - Slipknot signs with Roadrunner Records.
*July 15 - Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer is burned when his Ferrari catches fire at a gas station.Fact|date=April 2008
*October 13 - Britney Spears' recording career begins her first debut teen pop hit …Baby One More Time went straight at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
*December 5 - "Billboard" changes chart policy for their Hot 100 chart to allow airplay only singles or album cuts to make that chart.Fact|date=April 2008
*The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra launches its own recording label, RLPO Live.Fact|date=April 2008
* Teen singer Billie Piper starts her career by becoming the youngest British solo artist to debut at #1Fact|date=April 2008 on the UK singles charts.
* Melbourne-based high-noted pop singer, Vanessa Amorosi's recording career begins.
*Singers Brandy and Monica dominate the Billboard charts with the duet, "The Boy Is Mine", holding the Billboard Hot 100 #1 spot for 13 weeks.
* The entertainment industry frantically lobbies for, and the United States Congress passes, the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, which gives the entertainment industry 20 more years of exclusive monopoly on all of its works created since 1923.Fact|date=April 2008
*Composer John Harbison is a winner of the Heinz Award for the Arts and Humanities.Fact|date=April 2008
*Rich Beddoe replaces Rob Gommerman in Finger Eleven.Fact|date=April 2008
* Coal Chamber began to fight on stage; it was the first sign of their demise.Fact|date=April 2008
*Björn Gelotte switches from Drums to Guitar of In Flames by adding new Drummer Daniel Svensson.

Bands formed

*30 Seconds to Mars
*American Hi-Fi
*Breaking Benjamin
*The Comas
*Eagles of Death Metal
*Nobody's Angel
*Okkervil River
*Panda Bear
*Reggie and the Full Effect
*Suburban Legends
*The Strokes

Bands disbanded

*Archers of Loaf
*Cold Cold Hearts
*Dead Can Dance
*Faith No More
*Hoodoo Gurus
*Hunters & Collectors
*The Jesus and Mary Chain (reformed in 2007)
*A Minor Forest
*Neutral Milk Hotel
*The Posies
*The Presidents of the United States of America (reformed in 2000)
*Shudder To Think
*Smoking Popes
*Suffocation (reformed in 2004)
*Toad The Wet Sprocket
*Turbonegro(reformed in 2002)
*Weddings Parties Anything
*A Tribe Called Quest(reformed in 2006)

Albums released





Release Date Unknown

*"Live at the Beeb" - Nazareth
*"Greatest Hits Volume II" - Nazareth
*"Watoosh!" - Pezz (Billy Talent)
*"Neapolis" - Simple Minds
*"Digilogue" (compact disc version) -

Biggest hit singles

The following songs achieved the highest [cite web|url=http://tsort.info/music/yr1998.htm|title=Songs from the Year 1998|date=2007|publisher=Steve Hawtin|accessdate=2008-04-03] in the charts of 1998.

Top hits

*"All I Have to Give" - Backstreet Boys
*"All My Life" - K-Ci and JoJo
*"Are You That Somebody?" - Aaliyah featuring Timbaland
*"...Baby One More Time" - Britney Spears
*"Back 2 Good" - Matchbox Twenty
*"Because We Want To" - Billie
*"The Boy Is Mine" - Brandy and Monica
*"Celebrity Skin" - Hole *"Closing Time" - Semisonic
*"Cruel Summer" - Ace of Base
*"Crush" - Jennifer Paige
*"Diva" - Dana International
*"Doo Wop (That Thing)" - Lauryn Hill
*"The Dope Show"-Marilyn Manson
*"From This Moment On" - Shania Twain
*"Frozen" - Madonna
*"Fly Away" - Lenny Kravitz
*"Girlfriend" - Billie
*"Genie in a Bottle" - Christina Aguilera
*"Gettin' Jiggy wit It" - Will Smith
*"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" - Green Day *"Hard Knock Life" - Jay-z
*"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" - Aerosmith *"Intergalactic" - Beastie Boys
*"I Want You Back" - *NSYNC
*"I'm Your Angel" - Céline Dion & R. Kelly
*"Iris" - Goo Goo Dolls
*"Jumper" - Third Eye Blind
*"Kind & Generous" - Natalie Merchant
*"Lullaby" - Shawn Mullins
*"My All" - Mariah Carey
*"The First Night" - Monica
*"My Heart Will Go On" - Celine Dion
*"My Hero" - Foo Fighters
*"Never Ever" - All Saints
*"Never There" - Cake
*"One Week" - Barenaked Ladies
*"The Power of Good-Bye" - Madonna
*"Psycho Circus" - KISS
*"Ray of Light" - Madonna
*"Real World" - Matchbox Twenty
*"Remember When" - Color Me Badd *"Ruff Ryders' Anthem" - DMX
*"Save Tonight" - Eagle-Eye Cherry
*"Sex and Candy" - Marcy Playground
*"Slide" - Goo Goo Dolls
*"Still Not a Player" - Big Pun feat. Joe
*"Thank U" - Alanis Morissette
*"3 A.M." - Matchbox Twenty
*"This Kiss" - Faith Hill
*"Torn" - Natalie Imbruglia
*"Together Again" - Janet Jackson
*"Top of the World" - Brandy
*"Truly Madly Deeply" - Savage Garden
*"Turn the Page" - Metallica
*"Uninvited" - Alanis Morissette
*"The Way" - Fastball
*"Vivo per lei (je vis pour elle)" - Hélène Ségara and Andrea Bocelli
*"When the Lights Go Out" - Five
*"Whiskey in the Jar" - Metallica
*"You're Still the One" - Shania Twain

"See also: Hot 100 number one hits of 1998 (United States)"

Classical music

*Leonardo Balada - Folk Dreams (Three Pieces for Orchestra)
*Osvaldas Balakauskas - Symphony No. 4
*Louis Andriessen - "Writing to Vermeer"
*John Barry - "The Beyondness of Things"
*George Crumb - "Mundus Canis (A Dog's World)" for guitar and percussion
*Mario Davidovsky - String Quartet No. 5
*Ludovico Einaudi - "Arie"
*Jake Heggie - "Sophie's Song"
*Gordon McPherson - "Miami"
*Zbigniew Preisner - "Requiem for my Friend"
*Einojuhani Rautavaara - Piano Concerto No. 3 "Gift of Dreams"
*Juan Maria Solare - "Spaghettisssimo"
*Morton Subotnick - "Echoes from the Silent Call of Girona"


*Mark Adamo - "Little Women"
*Christopher Butterfield - "Zurich 1916"
*Philip Glass - "White Raven"

Musical theater

*5 March - "The Boy from Oz", Sydney production opened.
*"Cabaret" (Kander and Ebb) - Broadway revival
*"Footloose" - Broadway production
*"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" (Stephen Trask) - off Broadway production
*"High Society" -Broadway production
*"Ragtime" - Broadway production
*"The Sound of Music" (Rodgers & Hammerstein) - Broadway revival


*January 4 - Mae Questel, singer and actress, the voice of Betty Boop, 89
*January 5 - Sonny Bono, singer and songwriter, 63
*January 8 - Michael Tippett, composer, 93
*January 11 - Klaus Tennstedt, conductor, 71
*January 15 - Junior Wells, harmonica player, 64
*January 19 - Carl Perkins, complications following a series of strokes
*February 3 - Fat Pat, American rapper, shot
*February 6:
**Carl Wilson, The Beach Boys, lung cancer
**Falco, rock star, car accident
*February 13 - Buddy Lee, respiratory failure while undergoing treatment for lung cancer
*February 17 - Bob Merrill, songwriter, suicide
*February 19 - Grandpa Jones, star of "Hee Haw", comedian and musician
*February 25 - Rockin' Sidney, soul musician, 59
*February 28 - Todd Duncan, first Porgy in "Porgy and Bess", 95
*April 2 - Rob Pilatus , member of Milli Vanilli
*April 17 - Linda McCartney, Wings, breast cancer, 56
*March 8 - Roger Christian, The Christians
*March 12 - Judge Dread, ska and reggae performer (died on stage)Fact|date=April 2008
*April 1 - Rozz Williams, founder of Christian Death, suicide (hanging)Fact|date=April 2008
*April 5 - Cozy Powell, drummer for Rainbow and Black Sabbath, car accident
*April 6 - Tammy Wynette, country singer, 55
*April 7 - Wendy O. Williams, The Plasmatics, suicideFact|date=April 2008
*April 9 - Tom Cora, cellist and composer, 44
*April 11 - Lillian Briggs, US singer and trombonist, lung cancer
*May 2 - Hideto "Hide" Matsumoto, Japanese rock artist, hanging (apparently accidental)
*May 7 - Eddie Rabbitt, country singer, lung cancer, 56
*May 9 - Alice Faye, actress and singer, 83
*May 14 - Frank Sinatra, heart attack, 82
*June 10 - Steve Sanders, the Oak Ridge Boys, suicide, 45
*June 25 - Lounès Matoub, assassinatedFact|date=April 2008
*July 6 - Roy Rogers, actor, singer, 86
*July 23 - André Gertler, violinist
*August 3 - Alfred Schnittke, composer
*August 24 - Gene Page, arranger, producer and conductor
*August 29 - Charlie Feathers, country blues musician
*September 26 - Betty Carter, jazz singer, 69
*October 14 - Frankie Yankovic, America's "Polka King"
*November 20 - Roland Alphonso, saxophonist, 67


*The following artists are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Mamas and the Papas, Lloyd Price, Santana and Gene Vincent
*Inductees of the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame include Andrae Crouch, The Imperials, The Jordanaires and The LeFevres

Grammy Awards

"Main article Grammy Awards of 1998

Country Music Association Awards

Eurovision Song Contest

"Main article" Eurovision Song Contest 1998

Mercury Music Prize

*"Bring It On" - Gomez wins.

MTV Video Music Awards

"Main article" 1998 MTV Video Music Awards


Triple J Hottest 100

"Main article" Triple J Hottest 100, 1998

ee also

* 1998 in music (UK)


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