Music News Digest: Week Of May 27, 2018

June 3, 2018 by Amy Gold

During the week of May 27, 2018, the A&E Network announced the upcoming "Biography Presents: David Cassidy: The Last Session" to premiere June 11, 2018.

Also that week, it was announced that Elvis Presley's 1968 Comeback Special will be screened in movie theaters on August 16 and 20, 2018 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its original broadcast on NBC.

To mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' classic 1968 animated movie, "Yellow Submarine," a limited-edition seven-inch vinyl disc with the film's title track will be coming out on July 6, 2018. The B-side will feature "Eleanor Rigby" as in the original 1966 single.

Bob Seger announced a rescheduling of a series of concerts from 2017 that he was forced to postpone due to back surgery, with new dates posted for 13 of the 19 postponed shows so far. The rescheduled concerts will take place starting November 24, 2018 in Kansas City, MO and will also cover Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Ohio, and South Carolina. Also, the Ultimate Disco Cruise will set sail from Fort Lauderdale, FL on February 14, 2019 and will feature such top acts as Gloria Gaynor, Thelma Houston, KC & The Sunshine Band, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Kool & The Gang, Rose Royce, The Spinners, Tavares, The Trammps featuring Earl Young, The Village People, and former members of Chic.

Also that week, Billboard announced that the Queen 1975 hit, "Bohemian Rhapsody," re-emerged on the charts following the release of the first official trailer for the upcoming Queen biopic of the same name, reaching #8 on Hot Rock Songs. Other songs by Queen to recently hit this chart are "Another One Bites the Dust" and "We Will Rock You" at #13 and #17, respectively. Elsewhere on Billboard, five Queen songs became Top 20 hits on the Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart: "Bohemian Rhapsody" (#3), "We Will Rock You" (#9), "Another One Bites The Dust" (#12), "We Are The Champions" (#15), and the band's duet with David Bowie, "Under Pressure" (#16). Also, Queen's "Greatest Hits" compilation made a showing on Billboard on the Hard Rock Albums list (#2) and on the Top Rock Albums chart (#7).

Finally, The Beatles made rock music history 50 years ago this week when, on May 30, 1968, they began recording their 30-song self-titled double album which came to be known as The White Album. This seminal recording was released on November 22, 1968 and topped the charts for nine non-consecutive weeks beginning on December 28 of that year.

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Roger Daltrey gives a rousing performance of the title song to his recently-released solo album, "As Long As I Have You."