Music News Digest: Week Of February 14, 2021

February 21, 2021 by Amy Gold

During the week of February 14, 2021, The Beach Boys sold a controlling interest in their intellectual property to Iconic Artists Group, including sound recordings, select musical works, and their brand and memorabilia. The deal does not include much of the band's 1960s catalog which is owned by Universal Music Group.

Also that week, the Recording Academy announced that Mick Fleetwood, Carole King, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr are among those to appear on its MusiCares benefit show to be held virtually this year due to the pandemic. This online gala will take place March 12, 2021, and tickets can be purchased at

A new Eddie Van Halen photo book will be coming out this June. "Edward Van Halen" features numerous photos of the late rock legend spanning Van Halen's first trip to the U.K. through the band's Sammy Hagar era. This book also includes an introduction by fellow guitar great, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath.

Also that week, a trailer was released for "Genius: Aretha," a new series about the late Queen of Soul to air on National Geographic beginning March 21, 2021. This show's episodes, which star Cynthia Erivo in the title role, will be available for streaming from Hulu on March 25, what would have been Franklin's 79th birthday.

Finally, February 19, 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of "The Yes Album" (1971), the band's breakthrough recording which includes such classic rock staples as "I've Seen All Good People," "Yours Is No Disgrace," "Starship Trooper," and "Clap."

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