Gareth Gates' "Anyone Of Us (Stupid Mistake)" (S/BMG) and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "By the Way" (Warner Bros.) remained the U.K.'s favorite single and album, respectively, according to the yesterday's (July 28) new sales charts. Gates' challengers were S Club Juniors and Shakira, while the only top-10 newcomer on the album survey came from the Peppers' fellow veteran American rock act Aerosmith.
Like a bloody nose on the face of pop rock music, Andrew W.K. (real name: Andrew Wilkes-Krier) has sucker-punched the Ozzfest set with his in-your-face/dance-on-the-barstool Island debut "I Get Wet." As a second-stage act on this summer's biggest rock tour, the Michigan native has been received warmly by fans who shout along with his party-friendly tunes.
Independent label Incidental Music is preparing a tribute to legendary songwriter Kris Kristofferson, "Nothing Left to Lose," for an Oct. 8 release. The set will be the second indie compilation to honor Kristofferson this year, following the release of "Don't Let the Bastards Get You Down" on the Jackpine Social Club label earlier this summer.
Rapper Nelly has begun lining up dates for a fall tour in support of his chart-topping Fo' Reel/Universal set "Nellyville." The trek will kick off Sept. 26 in Worcester, Mass., with dates scheduled through an Oct. 26 finale in Las Vegas. The opening act is likely to be the Cash Money Millionaires, who supported Nelly on tour in support of his debut album, "Country Grammar."
2000 - 'N Sync's annual Challenge For The Children celebrity basketball game, held at St. John's University in New York, raises $550,000 for a group of charities. The event sees musicians Queen Latifah, Youngbloodz, Jordan Knight, and Pink, actors Dean Winters and Duane Martin, and MTV VJ Ananda Lewis join members of 'N Sync in a star-studded game.
It has been 10 years since Peter Gabriel's last studio set, "Us," but the artist has finally wrapped work on its follow-up, "Up," due Sept. 24 via Geffen. The 11-song set is led by first single "The Barry Williams Show" (which was not written about "The Brady Bunch" star of the same name).
Ozzy Osbourne is taking a three-week break from Ozzfest to be with his wife, Sharon, while she undergoes chemotherapy treatment for cancer, according to a post on his official Web site. Ozzy performed tonight (July 28) in Atlanta, but won't rejoin the festival until an Aug. 22 date in Denver. System Of A Down will headline during the break.
The virginal (an early kind of harpsichord) was the instrument of choice for a school of Renaissance-era English composers, from Byrd and Gibbons to Bull, Morley, and Tomkins—thus the group's nickname of "the English virginalists." They penned pieces especially for the keyboard, along with arranging popular polyphonic works for the instrument that were originally written for lute, voices, or consort of violas da gamba; so, a famous lute piece like Dowland's "Lachrymae Pavan" finds its way on this album, joining Byrd's gravely beautiful "Pavana: The Earle of Salisbury" and other works from such 17th-century keyboard publications as The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book.