Music News Digest: Week Of January 19, 2020

January 27, 2020 by Amy Gold

During the week of January 19, 2020, Neil Young officially became a United States citizen. The Canadian-born folk rock legend, who still retains citizenship in his home country, has resided in the U.S. since around the mid 1960s when he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his music career.

Also that week, it was announced that Elton John and Randy Newman, who are both competing for Oscars this year, will perform at the upcoming 92nd Annual Academy Awards ceremony which airs February 9, 2020 on ABC. Elton John and longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin have been nominated for Best Original Song for "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," from the 2019 biopic, "Rocketman." Newman's "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away," which he wrote for "Toy Story 4," is also in the running for this award category.

"Rolling Stone: Life And Death Of Brian Jones," a new documentary about the late Rolling Stones member and the mystery surrounding his untimely passing, will open in select theaters around the world in the coming weeks. Also, "The Burnt Orange Heresy," a new art heist thriller that co-stars Mick Jagger, is scheduled for release on March 6, 2020.

Finally, Queen became the first rock band to be honored by the U.K.'s Royal Mint with a commemorative coin. The backside features the band's name in bold along with images of instruments played by each member. The frontside of the coin displays the profile of Queen Elizabeth II.

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