Music News Digest: Week Of April 25, 2021

May 2, 2021 by Amy Gold

During the week of April 25, 2021, Tom Jones became the oldest artist to top the U.K. album chart with his latest release, "Surrounded By Time." The veteran pop star, who turns 81 this June, became internationally famous beginning in the mid 1960s with such smashes as "It's Not Unusual" and "Green, Green Grass Of Home." More recently, he has had a resurgence in popularity due to his coaching role on "The Voice UK."

Also that week, it was announced that Bruce Springsteen is among the nominees for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards to air May 23 on NBC. Released in October 2020, Springsteen's "Letter To You" will be competing for the Top Rock Album award.

The National Museum of African American Music will honor Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers at NMAAM's seventh annual Celebration of Legends Benefit Concert. This live streamed event will take place June 17, 2021 as part of the museum's three-day celebration (June 17-19).

"Tiny Tim: King For A Day," a new documentary about the iconic "Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me" hitmaker, made its theatrical debut on April 23, 2021. Narrated by "Weird Al" Yankovic, this critically acclaimed film, which had its world premiere at the 2020 Fantasia Film Festival, covers Tiny Tim's career and life and his rise to fame during the late 1960s. For more info, visit

A new documentary about Brian Wilson is among the many offerings at this year's Tribeca Film Festival to take place June 9-20 at a number of outdoor venues in New York City. "Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road," which features an extended interview of The Beach Boys' co-founder with Rolling Stone editor Jason Fine, will be shown on June 15 at The Battery. For more info, visit

Also that week, A&E announced its upcoming "Biography: KISStory" to air over two consecutive nights beginning June 27, 2021. This new KISS documentary covers the band's five-decade career and features interviews with veteran members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons as well as newer members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, plus Dave Grohl and more. Prior to its TV debut, this movie will make its world premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City (June 9-21), and the band will perform afterwards at some location to be announced.

Finally, in a recent appearance on Stephen Colbert's "The Late Show," Ringo Starr revealed his all-time favorite Beatles song: "Come Together."

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