Music News Digest: Week Of February 19, 2023

February 26, 2023 by Amy Gold

During the week of February 19, 2023, Barbra Streisand was named this year's recipient of the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Woman of Leadership Award and is the first music artist to be chosen for this prestigious honor. The awards ceremonies will be held on April 22 in Washington, D.C. at the Library of Congress.

Also that week, Don Henley was honored with the Milestone Award at the 2023 Pollstar Awards which took place February 22 in Los Angeles. Other winners included Joan Jett & The Blackhearts who received an award for Support/Special Guest Act of the Year as one of the opening acts to Motley Crue and Def Leppard's award-winning 2022 Stadium Tour.

The Rolling Stones' "GRRR Live!" debuted at #7 on the Billboard Total Album Sales chart, making this the fifth year in a row that the band has landed in this tally's Top 10. Recorded at a concert taking place December 15, 2012 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, this album features guest appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, and more.

Queen scored another milestone on Spotify with "We Will Rock You," which surpassed one million streams. Just last December, the band's "Bohemian Rhapsody" surpassed a whopping two billion steams on this platform.

George Harrison's solo albums are now available on Apple Music in Dolby Atmos surround sound through a partnership with BMG and Dark Horse Records, a label the late former Beatle founded in 1974. Among his many recordings are such classics as "Wonderwall Music" (1968), "All Things Must Pass" (1970), "Living In The Material World" (1973), and "Cloud Nine," (1987).

Also that week, it was announced that "Little Richard: I Am Everything," a new documentary about one of rock & roll's key early figures, will premiere April 21, 2023 in theaters in New York and Los Angeles. This movie, which covers this pioneering music icon's life and career, features interviews with Mick Jagger and others who have been influenced by his music.

Finally, David Bowie's estate gave the legendary late rocker's entire 80,000-object archive to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. This massive collection, which includes thousands of as-yet uncatalogued photos as well as various instruments, set designs, album artwork, letters, awards, and other memorabilia, will be open to the public sometime in 2025.

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