Music News Digest: Week Of January 31, 2021

February 7, 2021 by Amy Gold

During the week of January 31, 2021, the historic Sun record label was acquired by Primary Wave Music from Sun Entertainment Corporation. Founded by famed producer Sam Phillips in 1952, Sun Records was the first label to record Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and Charlie Rich. Sun's assets include over 6,000 song masters, with such classics as Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes," Lewis' "Great Balls Of Fire," Cash's "I Walk The Line," and Orbison's "Ooby Dooby." The deal does not include Sun recordings by Presley, which are owned by Sony.

Also that week, Hall & Oates announced new show dates for their North American tour originally scheduled for the summer of 2020. This upcoming trek will kick off on April 17 in Indio, CA and wrap up on October 7 in Portland, OR, with 28 additional shows taking place throughout the U.S. and parts of Canada. For more info, visit

Lynyrd Skynyrd also announced plans to return to performing in 2021, with several scheduled shows beginning March 13 in Durant, OK. For more info, visit

Finally, Warner Bros. announced that a new (and as yet untitled) Elvis Presley biopic, originally slated for November 5, 2021 and currently still in production, will make its theatrical premiere on June 3, 2022. This upcoming movie stars Austin Butler as the late King with Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker, Presley's manager.

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