Music News Digest: Week Of January 17, 2021

January 24, 2021 by Amy Gold

During the week of January 17, 2021, "Barry Gibb & Friends - Greenfields - The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1" debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Album Sales chart and also entered the Americana Folk Albums, Top Country Albums, and Billboard 200 charts at Nos. 1, 3, and 15, respectively. In addition, this recording made its debut at No. 1 on the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart. This album features country remakes of several classic Bee Gees hits with such guest artists as Olivia Newton-John, Dolly Parton, and Keith Urban.

Also that week, it was announced that the 2021 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which normally takes place in late April and early May, has been scheduled for October 8-17. Among the featured performers slated for the 2020 fest, which was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, were The Beach Boys, Dead & Company, The Isley Brothers, Kool & The Gang, Stevie Nicks, Nile Rodgers & Chic, and The Who. For more info, visit

It was also announced that the U.K.'s prestigious Glastonbury festival has been canceled for the second year in a row and is not expected to make a return until 2022. Among those who were supposed to take part in the 2020 fest were The Isley Brothers, Paul McCartney, and Diana Ross. For more info, visit

A new one-man show titled "The Moneygoround," co-written by Ray Davies of The Kinks, will premiere as a one-off livestream presentation at the band's YouTube channel on January 29, 2021.

Finally, founding Ten Years After drummer Ric Lee published a new memoir, "From Headstocks To Woodstock," which covers his long music career and his time with the famed English blues rock band.

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