Music News Digest: Week Of September 22, 2013

September 29, 2013 by Amy Gold

During the week of September 22, 2013, Paul McCartney was interviewed on Jimmy Kimmel Live (see video below). Afterwards, the former Beatle gave a free concert on Hollywood Boulevard which was also broadcast as part of this show.

Also that week, a new Ray Charles commemorative stamp was released by the US Postal Service.

Gregg Allman announced a North American tour that begins this October. Also, Willie Nelson had to cancel some shows due to a shoulder injury. He will be releasing a new album, "To All the Girls," this October.

Cher just released her latest album, "Closer to the Truth," and she will be launching a tour next March. The Kinks will be re-releasing their 1971 album, "Muswell Hillbillies," this October. Also, a new John Lennon app based on his Grammy winning 1980 album, "Double Fantasy," is scheduled for release on iTunes this November.

Finally, a new documentary was recently released about Muscle Shoals where many famous bands and artists recorded during the 1960s and 1970s. This film features interviews with Aretha Franklin and other luminaries who are a part of the history of this musically fertile area.

September 22, 2013: New Ray Charles Commemorative Stamp Released By The US Postal Service

The United States Postal Service is honoring the legendary Ray Charles with a commemorative stamp as part of its Music Icons series. This stamp was released on September 23, 2013 on what would have been the late singer's 83rd birthday. A new compilation album, "Ray Charles Forever," which features such long-time favorites as "America the Beautiful" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me," was also just released.

Source: Ray Charles Honored on U.S. Postage Stamp | Music News | Rolling Stone

September 23, 2013: Kinks To Re-release 'Muswell Hillbillies' This October

On October 7, 2013, the Kinks are set to re-release their 1971 album, "Muswell Hillbillies." This 25-track, 2-CD set will include the original album plus alternate versions of original album songs, three John Peel sessions recordings, and five previously unreleased songs.

Source: Kinks Reissue 'Muswell Hillbillies' With Five Unheard Tracks

September 23, 2013: New John Lennon App To Be Released This November

A new interactive album app, "John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes," is set to be released on iTunes on November 5, 2013. This app follows Lennon's trip to Bermuda in 1980 and his collaborations from afar with wife Yoko Ono on their album, "Double Fantasy." This album was the last one ever recorded by Lennon before his murder, and it won a Grammy in 1981 for Album of the Year. It includes the 1980 hit, "(Just Like) Starting Over." All proceeds from the app will be donated to WhyHunger's "Imagine There's No Hunger" campaign.

Source: 'John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes' Interactive Album App to Launch | Billboard

September 24, 2013: Paul McCartney Performs On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

On September 23, 2013, Paul McCartney was interviewed on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Afterwards, the former Beatle gave a free concert on Hollywood Boulevard which was also broadcast as part of this show. McCartney performed many classic Beatles' songs that included "Hey Jude," "Let It Be," and "Lady Madonna," as well as some Wings songs that included "Band on the Run," "Another Day," and "Jet." He also performed songs from his upcoming album, "New," which is set to be released this October.

Source: Paul McCartney shuts down Hollywood Blvd. for Kimmel concert

September 25, 2013: Cher Releases New Album And Will Be Touring Next Year

Cher just released her latest and long-awaited album, "Closer to the Truth." The first track, "Woman's World," was released as a single last June. Cher will be starting a 49-city North American tour next March in support of her album.

Source: Cher saves 'best effort' for first album in 12 years | Reuters

September 25, 2013: Willie Nelson Cancels Concerts Due To Shoulder Injury And Releases New Album

Willie Nelson has been forced to cancel the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival plus shows in Carmel, IN, Charlotte, MI, and Springfield, IL, due to a shoulder injury. The country legend is set to release a new album on October 15, 2013, "To All the Girls," and is also expected to be performing again by then.

Source: Willie Nelson pulls out of Zac Brown's festival, 3 other shows with shoulder injury | Star Tribune

September 26, 2013: New Documentary About Muscle Shoals Makes Its Premier

During the 1960s and 1970s, Muscle Shoals, AL was a major music center where such luminaries as Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones recorded many of their most famous songs. A new documentary, "Muscle Shoals," is set to make its premier on September 27, 2013. This film, which covers the history of this musically fertile area, features interviews with Aretha Franklin, Gregg Allman, Steve Winwood, Candi Staton, and many others.

Source: Muscle Shoals Documentary Features Bono, Aretha | Music News | Rolling Stone

September 26, 2013: Gregg Allman Announces Upcoming Tour Dates

Gregg Allman will be launching a tour in North America that begins on October 11, 2013 in Montgomery, AL and wraps up on January 8, 2014 in Sarasota, FL Allman also revealed plans to record a new solo album.

Source: Gregg Allman Announces Solo Tour Dates