Music News Digest: Week Of May 17, 2020

May 24, 2020 by Amy Gold

During the week of May 17, 2020, AARP announced its upcoming Spotify playlist, "Songs of Hope & Happiness," a collection of nearly 90 oldies and other classic songs designed to lift people's spirits. Among the featured listings are The Beach Boys' "Don't Worry Baby," The Beatles' "Here Comes The Sun," and Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Also included in the playlist, to be published in AARP magazine's June issue, are The Band's "The Weight," The Cars' "Good Times Roll," Elvis Costello's "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding," Electric Light Orchestra's "Mr. Blue Sky," Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop," Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," The Kinks' "Better Things," Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Three Little Birds," Tom Petty's "Runnin' Down A Dream," REO Speedwagon's "Roll With The Changes," The Rolling Stones' "Happy," Bruce Springsteen's "Land Of Hope And Dreams," U2's "Beautiful Day," and Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground."

Also that week, Pink Floyd launched "Syd, Roger, Richard, Nick and David: An Evolving Pink Floyd Playlist," a new archival series available for streaming on YouTube and Spotify. New songs will be added daily, and various rare tracks that were previously unavailable for streaming will make their debuts every Friday.

Various music artists with ties to Long Island will hold a special virtual benefit concert on May 31, 2020 for United Together for Health Care Heroes, an initiative of United Way of Long Island's Response Fund for COVID-19. Among the featured performers are Blue Oyster Cult, Gary U.S. Bonds, Joan Jett, The Tokens, and Vanilla Fudge.

Bruce Springsteen will take part in "Streaming Outta Fenway," a virtual concert taking place May 29, 2020 that will feature Dropkick Murphys performing at an empty Fenway Park in Boston. This event will help raise money for the Boston Resiliency Fund, Feeding America, Habitat for Humanity, and various other charities dedicated to COVID-19 relief. The live stream can be viewed from Dropkick Murphys' Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Twitch pages.

As part of its "At Home with Apple Music: Best Seat in the House" series, the music streaming service announced a series of concert movies to be shown this Memorial Day weekend (May 23-25, 2020). Among the coming attractions are various archival films featuring the Eagles, Elton John, Bob Marley, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, and U2.

Also that week, AXS TV announced that it will rebroadcast all 14 episodes of "Final 24," a documentary series covering the last hours of various late celebrities that previously aired in 2006 and 2007 on other networks. The series will kick off on June 3, 2020 with Sid Vicious of Sex Pistols and wrap up on September 7 with Keith Moon of The Who. Other featured music artists will include Tupac Shakur (June 17), Jim Morrison of The Doors (July 1), Janis Joplin (July 22), and Marvin Gaye (August 19).

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