Music News Digest: Week Of January 5, 2020

January 13, 2020 by Amy Gold

During the week of January 5, 2020, Elton John and longtime songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, won the Golden Globe award for Best Original Song for "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again." This song is played over the opening credits in the biopic, "Rocketman," which received additional honors at the Golden Globes when Taron Egerton was named Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his portrayal of Elton John.

Also that week, it was announced that disco great Gloria Gaynor and glam rocker Suzi Quatro (who played Leather Tuscadero on "Happy Days") are among those to be honored at the eighth annual She Rocks Awards. The gala will take January 17, 2020 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA.

Aerosmith is among the featured performers at the upcoming 2020 Grammy Awards which will air live from Los Angeles on January 26, 2020. The band will take the stage as this year's MusiCares Person of the Year, an honor given in recognition of Aerosmith's career achievements and philanthropic work.

Prince will be honored at all-star Grammy tribute concert with featured performers to include Mavis Staples and Earth, Wind & Fire. This event will be taped January 28, two days after the Grammys, and will air on CBS sometime in April.

The Beatles' "Abbey Road" (1969) was named the top selling vinyl LP in the U.S. of the 2010s in a list compiled by Nielsen Music. Other classic albums to make the Top 10 include Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon" (#2), Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Legend" (#4), Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (#6), and Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" (#9). The Beatles also took the #7 spot with "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

Handwritten lyrics by George Harrison and Ringo Starr for a working draft of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" from The Beatles' White Album will soon be put up for sale through the memorabilia company, Moments in Time, with an asking price of $195,000. The lyrics are written by Harrison on the back of a studio recording sheet dating from 1968 with notes by Starr scribbled in between the lines.

Bob Seger recently launched his official YouTube channel with a lyric video of his 1976 smash, "Night Moves." The video features a variety of animated and static images related to the song's lyrics.

Also that week, it was announced that "The Doors: Break On Thru -- A Celebration of Ray Manzarek" will be shown February 12, 2020 in select theaters around the world on what would have been his 81st birthday. This new concert film and documentary captures a star-studded 2016 tribute show to the late Doors keyboardist who passed away in 2013.

Finally, fans bade a final farewell to celebrated Rush drummer Neil Peart (September 12, 1952 - January 7, 2020) who also served as the band's main lyricist. His numerous honors and accolades included being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Rush in 2013.

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