Music News Digest: Week Of May 7, 2023

May 14, 2023 by Amy Gold

During the week of May 7, 2023, country star Dolly Parton released "World Of Fire," the debut single from her first-ever rock album, "Rockstar," due out on November 17. Featured artists on this upcoming recording include such veteran artists as Mick Fleetwood, Peter Frampton, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, and Ringo Starr.

Also that week, Gordon Lightfoot's music made a return to the charts following his recent passing. "If You Could Read My Mind" topped the Digital Song Sales tally, with "Sundown," "The Wreck Of The Edmond Fitzgerald," and "Carefree Highway" all landing in the Top 10. Also, all four songs made the Top 5 on the Rock Digital Song Sales chart, and Lightfoot's compilation album, "Gord's Gold" (1975), made a return after 46 years to the Billboard 200 at #95.

Bob Marley's & The Wailers' "Three Little Birds" also made a return to the charts, reaching #1 on the Top TV Songs chart after being featured in Episode 6 of the Apple TV+ sports comedy-drama series, "Ted Lasso." Other oldies classics making a return to the Top TV Songs tally after being featured on this show include Peter, Paul & Mary's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," which reached #10 after appearing in Episode 4.

Also that week, The Beatles' "Here Comes The Sun" became the latest addition to Spotify's Billions Club. This classic is the first track by the Fab Four to make this list which currently includes 405 other songs.

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