Music News Digest: Week Of March 21, 2021

March 28, 2021 by Amy Gold

During the week of March 21, 2021, the Library of Congress announced the latest additions to its National Recording Registry that include Louis Armstrong's "When the Saints Go Marching In," Kool & The Gang's "Celebration," LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade," and Jackson Browne's album, "Late For The Sky." Other artists featured in LOC's complete list of recordings include Jimmy Cliff, Janet Jackson, country singer Connie Smith, and Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog.

Also that week, it was announced that Linda Ronstadt sold her recorded music assets to Iconic Artists Group, an entertainment rights management company formed by longtime Eagles manager, Irving Azoff. Iconic will partner with Ronstadt and her team to market her catalog.

Queen's 1975 smash, "Bohemian Rhapsody," was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America for passing the $10 million mark in sales and stream equivalents in the U.S. This milestone makes Queen the first-ever British band to achieve RIAA Diamond status for an individual song.

Also that week, it was announced that "Cher & The Loneliest Elephant" will premiere April 22, 2021 on Paramount+ in the U.S. and will air May 19 on the Smithsonian Channel. This new documentary follows the good-hearted pop icon in her quest to rescue an elephant from a life of misery and squalor in a zoo in Pakistan.

Finally, March 20, 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Janis Joplin's "Me And Bobby McGee" reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. In commemoration, this song's first official music video made its premiere on the YouTube channel for the late singer. Also, a new book titled "Janis Joplin: Days & Summers -- Scrapbook 1966-68" will be coming out on June 10.

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