Music News Digest: Week Of January 3, 2021

January 10, 2021 by Amy Gold

During the week of January 3, 2021, the Recording Academy announced that this year's Grammy Awards, originally scheduled to air January 31 on CBS, will be postponed to March 14 due to COVID-19 concerns. Among those to receive honors are Paul McCartney and James Taylor.

Also that week, Barry Manilow announced that his return to the International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas, originally set to take place beginning this February, will kick off on June 10 with shows scheduled through late October. For more info and tickets, visit Manilow has performed over 500 shows at this venue since 2005.

Gene Simmons of KISS has partnered with Gibson Brands, Inc. to launch a new line of handmade collectible guitars and basses and will also offer new streamed entertainment content. The instruments will be produced across the company's Gibson, Epiphone, and Kramer brands.

Former Fleetwood Mac member Lindsey Buckingham recently sold his music publishing catalog to Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited. The company also acquired 50% of the publishing rights to Neil Young's song catalog.

Finally, two oldies music icons both celebrated their 80th birthdays: Joan Baez (b. January 9, 1941) and Anthony Gourdine (b. January 8, 1941), lead singer of Little Anthony & The Imperials.

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