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.