Music News Digest: Week Of September 12, 2021

September 19, 2021 by Amy Gold

During the week of September 12, 2021, Rolling Stone announced its first update since 2004 to its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, with Aretha Franklin's "Respect" now topping this list. Other songs by veteran acts to rank in the top 10 include Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" (no. 3), Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" (no. 4), Marvin's Gaye's "What's Going On" (no. 6), The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" (no. 7), and Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" (no. 9).

Also that week, ABBA's all-time favorite 1992 compilation album, "Gold: Greatest Hits," re-emerged in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 in the wake of the group's recent release of the singles, "Don't Shut Me Down" and "I Still Have Faith In You," from their upcoming album, "Voyage." In addition, the veteran Swedish pop group scored its first Top 10 hit in almost 40 years on the Official U.K. Singles chart with "Don't Shut Me Down." ABBA's other new song, "I Still Have Faith In You," made its debut on that chart at #14.

Other veteran bands to hit the charts include Earth, Wind & Fire with "You Want My Love" making the Adult R&B Top 10 and Iron Maiden with its latest album, "Senjutsu," entering the Billboard 200 at #3.

Record Store Day announced its list of offerings for this year's Black Friday event taking place November 26. Among the featured bands and artists are Aerosmith, Big Brother & The Holding Company with Janis Joplin, Canned Heat, Alice Cooper, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, Iron Maiden, Lou Reed, Todd Rundgren, Dave Davies of The Kinks, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, and Nancy Wilson of Heart. Visit for complete lists of releases and participating stores.

Also that week, it was announced that an updated version of The Doors' "Live At The Bowl '68" will be shown on November 4, 2021 in select theaters to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the band's classic album, "L.A. Woman." This event will also feature footage of a new performance by Doors drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger along with various guest musicians, plus conversations with Densmore, Krieger, and Jeff Jampol, the band's manager. For more info and tickets, visit

Finally, Joni Mitchell signed an agreement with Reservoir Media, Inc. in which the company will administer her entire songwriting catalog worldwide, including all of her studio albums, while she continues to retain full ownership.

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