Music News Digest: Week Of May 6, 2018

May 13, 2018 by Amy Gold

During the week of May 6, 2018, it was announced that that Ella Fitzgerald's 1956 album, "Ella At Zardi's," re-entered both the Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums Billboard charts at No. 1 for the week ending April 26, 2018. This re-entry was sparked by a Record Store Day-exclusive double-vinyl edition of this set. The late jazz legend topped the R&B charts during the 1940s with "Cow-Cow Boogie," "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall," and "Stone Cold Dead In The Market," and she had a major crossover success on the Pop/Rock charts from 1955-1969 with such classics as "Soldier Boy" (1955) and "Mack The Knife" (1960). She currently holds the record for the most entries on the Jazz Albums chart among female artists.

Also that week, it was announced that filming will begin this summer for a full-length documentary about Tina Turner which will be introduced at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. This upcoming movie will feature rare archival footage and interviews with the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, as well as friends, family, and musical collaborators.

A new album titled "The Beach Boys With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" was announced which will be coming out on June 8, 2018. This 19-track collection features symphonically augmented arrangements of "Fun Fun Fun" and other classic hits. Initially, the album will be available on CD and as a digital download, with a two-LP vinyl set to be released on August 17.

Neil Young announced a short summer tour beginning June 28, 2018 in St. Louis, MO and ending July 12 in Boston, MA. This 6-date trek will also cover Detroit, MI and Chicago.

Also that week, a new virtual reality app called MelodyVR was announced in which music events can be experienced interactively in 3-D by the user. Among the first artists to be featured are The Who and KISS.

Finally, Michael Jackson and Ray Charles will be featured on limited-edition Pepsi cans this summer as part of the company's Pepsi Generations Summer Music campaign. The special cans will be available at major retailers across the country in both regular and Diet Pepsi 12- and 24-packs.