Simon and Garfunkel(*) get their third US#1 (for 6 weeks) and an international top-5 hit with the song Bridge Over Troubled Water. Live, 1969
The album, their last, also charts US#1, UK#1, as did previous album Bookends. Bridge sells 25M copies worldwide. The duo splits in 1970 due to creative differences.
Simon’s latest album is 2011’s So Beautiful or So What, produced in collaboration with Phil Ramone. Released Apr. 8, 2011 it debuts at US#4 (UK#6,AT#13). Afterlife
Eleven-year-old Hamburg, Germany industrial rock group KMFDM releases Juke Joint Jezebel.
The group’s most widely-known song has sold over 3M copies. It’s from their 8th studio album Nihil and is heard in 1995 film Bad Boys.
Their 17th studio album WTF?!, released Apr. 4, 2011, leads off with Krank .
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For the third year, Sheffield, England indie rock band Arctic Monkeys wins the NME Awards(*) nod for Best Band.
Their single Fluorescent Adolescent (UK#5,DK#9) — from 2007 second studio album Favourite Worst Nightmare, an international top-10 (UK#1,US#7) — is named best track. Their first charting hit single was Oct. 17, 2005’s I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor (UK#1,IE#12).
The band was one of the first to build a large fanbase via the Internet. The NME awards began in the 1950s as the ‘Pollwinners Concert’.
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See also: List of NME Award winners