OutKast principal Big Boi is ramping up for the launch of his Purple Ribbon imprint via Virgin. The first release will be a compilation from the Purple Ribbon All-Stars on Oct. 4, led by the single "Kryptonite" featuring Big Boi, Killer Mike, C-Bone and Rock D.
English singer/songwriter James Blunt continues to have the British sales charts in a stranglehold, starting a fifth week atop the album survey yesterday (Aug. 7) with "Back to Bedlam" and a fourth on the singles tally with "You're Beautiful" (Atlantic).
Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer, one of the stars of the 1990s Buena Vista Social Club CD series, died Saturday (Aug. 6) in Havana at the age of 78. The artist was hospitalized three days earlier with gastroenteritis and "his condition worsened and he died of multiple organ failure," said his manager, Daniel Florestan.
The inaugural New York music festival initially dubbed Across the Pond has been rechristened Across the Narrows. Set for Oct. 1-2 at Brooklyn's Keyspan Park and Staten Island's Richmond County Bank Ballpark, the event will feature headlining sets from Oasis, the Killers, Beck and the Pixies. Other bands on the bill include Doves, Built To Spill, Belle & Sebastian and Rilo Kiley.
Death Cab For Cutie will begin a fall North American tour with an Oct. 3-4 stand at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom. The trek, which will feature Youth Group on the first portion and Stars on the second, comes in support of the group's Atlantic debut, "Plans," due Aug. 30. Beforehand, Death Cab will play one-offs in Japan, New York and Austin, Texas.