Music News Digest: Week Of September 30, 2018

October 8, 2018 by Amy Gold

During the week of September 30, 2018, Earth, Wind & Fire's "September" had a resurgence in popularity and topped the Billboard R&B Digital Song Sales chart almost 40 years after its original release in late 1978. This disco classic topped the R&B charts in 1979 and was also a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

Also that week, Rod Stewart scored his ninth #1 album on the U.K. charts with his latest release, "Blood Red Roses."

The Rolling Stones announced their upcoming reissue in various formats of "Beggars Banquet" on November 16, 2018 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of this classic album's original release. A new Creedence Clearwater Revival box set titled "The Complete Studio Albums" will be coming out November 30 on vinyl in tribute to the 50th anniversary of the band's self-titled debut album. Also due out on that day is a new archival David Bowie concert album and video titled "Glastonbury 2000" which captures the late rock legend's headline performance at the 2000 edition of this famous U.K. music festival. Also, Van Morrison announced a new album titled "The Prophet Speaks" which will be released on December 7.

Ringo Starr is the latest addition to the lineup for the upcoming VetsAid 2018 charity concert which will take place November 11 in Tacoma, WA. Also, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt announced seven new show dates for 2019 beginning February 7 in Knoxville, TN and ending February 18 in Tulsa, OK, also covering several Southern states. Taylor will also be among the featured performers at the VetsAid 2018 charity concert.

Also that week, Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the International Entertainment Buyers Association's Hall of Fame at the organization's 2018 Honors & Awards Ceremony which took place on October 2, 2018. It was also announced that Roberta Flack will be honored by the Jazz Foundation of America at its 27th annual fundraising Loft Party in New York City, to be held on October 13.

Finally, fans bade a finally farewell to Geoff Emerick (December 5, 1945 - October 2, 2018), the chief audio engineer on some of The Beatles' groundbreaking albums, whose many awards and accolades included four Grammys for his work with the Fab Four and other top bands.

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Dave Davies of The Kinks performs "This Precious Time (Long Lonely Road)," a previously-unreleased song from 1978 which is included on his upcoming archival solo album, "Decade" (to be released on October 12, 2018).