Music News Digest: Week Of November 29, 2020

December 6, 2020 by Amy Gold

During the week of November 29, 2020, several oldies artists dominated Billboard's year-end charts for 2020. In the Top Rock Album tally, Queen's "Greatest Hits" took the top spot, followed by Elton John's "Diamonds" (no. 2), Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" (no. 3), Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Chronicle - The 20 Greatest Hits" (no. 4), and The Beatles' "Abbey Road" (no. 5). In the Top Rock Artists chart, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Queen, and Elton John came in at nos. 3, 4, 6, and 9, respectively.

Todd Rundgren announced a virtual tour featuring 25 livestreamed shows each focused on a specific city in the U.S. The performances begin on February 14, 2021 in Buffalo, NY and end on March 22 in Seattle, WA, also covering cities along the East and West Coasts and in the Midwest, and will be streamed live from a Chicago venue. Rundgren will perform his 1989 album, "Nearly Human," in its entirety, along with other career-spanning selections. For more info and tickets, visit

Also that week, CBS announced more details about its upcoming benefit concert special, "Play On: Celebrating The Power Of Music To Make Change," which will air December 15, 2020 and also stream on YouTube. This hour-long event will raise funds for two charities: WhyHunger and the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund (LDF). Featured performers will include Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, and Ringo Starr.

Finally, a new animated music video for Elvis Presley's holiday classic, "Blue Christmas," premiered on the late King's official YouTube channel. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards also released on his YouTube channel a new video for his 1978 cover of Chuck Berry's "Run Run Rudolph."

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