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 NoCapShows.com.
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."
New & Upcoming Releases:
(Band/Artist - Title - Format - Release Date)
Bob Dylan with George Harrison - Bob Dylan - 50th Anniversary Collection 1970 - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - November 29, 2020
Paul McCartney - Family (EP from "McCartney III") - digital download, streaming - November 30, 2020
Neal Schon of Journey - Universe - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - early December, 2020
Todd Rundgren - Flappie (single) - digital download, streaming - December 3, 2020
Paul McCartney - Love (EP from "McCartney III") - digital download, streaming - December 4, 2020
Paul McCartney - McCartney III - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - December 18, 2020
David Bowie - David Bowie (reissue of 1967 debut album) - picture disc - January 29, 2021
Black Sabbath - Vol. 4 (deluxe reissue of 1972 album) - CD, vinyl, digital download, streaming - February 12, 2021
(For more information about the above news items, please see below for a list of sources with links.)
Bob Dylan just released the ultra-rare 1970 'George Harrison Sessions' without warning. Hear the duo take on the Beatles classic "Yesterday" https://t.co/ZgkRyXFm1o— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) December 1, 2020
Music News: Ringo Starr, Bruce Springsteen to make special appearances on 'Play On' charity concert special this month https://t.co/r6PxklVo4A More @ https://t.co/u9twSRpzVO pic.twitter.com/LzN7gq4j7B— X101 - wxhc 101.5 fm (@X101_wxhc) December 2, 2020
Black Sabbath's 'Vol. 4.' 'Super Deluxe' Box Set Coming In February https://t.co/I2pcBS9NFh— 98ROCK TAMPA BAY (@98rocktampabay) December 3, 2020
New official Elvis Presley animated video for "Blue Christmas" released https://t.co/1eFgt8BZ0L— Elvis Presley News (@Elvis_News) December 5, 2020