Guitarist Manuel Galbán Dies

Guitarist Manuel Galbán Dies
GRAMMY-winning musician Manuel Galbán died July 7 in Havana after suffering cardiac arrest. He was 80 years old. Born in Gibara, Cuba, Galbán began playing guitar with the Orchestra Villa Blanca at age 14. In 1963 he joined legendary vocal group Los Zafiros, considered one of the most successful Cuban groups in history. Galbán also performed with Cuba's national musical ensemble Dirección Nacional de Música and Grupo Batey, and worked on several projects with the Buena Vista Social Club. He appeared on Ibrahim Ferrer's 2003 Latin GRAMMY-winning album Buenos Hermanos. That same year he won his first and only GRAMMY Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album for Mambo Sinuendo with Ry Cooder. "Manuel Galbán was a dynamic musician with a unique guitar style," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "He has had a remarkable impact across the globe, making him an ambassador of Cuban music."  (7/8)

Tour Revenue Up In First Half Of 2011
Revenue for the top 100 tours in North America totaled $1.12 billion for the first six months of 2011, a 16 percent increase compared to the same period in 2010, according to Pollstar. Ticket sales increased 5 percent to 16.7 million and the average ticket price increased 10 percent to more than $67, a record average price. Revenue for the top 50 tours worldwide increased 11 percent to $1.65 billion, while global ticket sales declined 2 percent to 19.4 million and average ticket prices increased 14 percent to $84.92. (7/8)

Amazon Increases Cloud Offerings
Following the launch of Amazon Cloud Drive in March, the online retailer has announced it will offer customers unlimited storage of MP3 and AAC files starting at $20 per year, and free storage for all Amazon MP3 purchases. The unlimited storage offer will be available for a limited time, and only covers music files. (7/8)

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