With the outside world being a little -- okay, a lot of crazy right now, it's easy to feel overwhelmed with the number of negative stories, hashtags, and posts. While everyone should remain informed and updated on current events, it's important to supplement all the crazy with a big ol' dose of happy feel-good fluff.
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So here’s a handy list of feel-good music news to give you a little dose of happiness in these trying times. Remember, while social distancing might be the new norm outside, we can still connect with the outside world through social media -- and that, in a way is a blessing.
Want more music and entertainment fun to pass the time? We've got you covered with livestreams, virtual concerts, and so much more right here. Enjoy!
Bandcamp and Spotify support the community
One Friday, March 20, Bandcamp waived it’s revenue shares for 24 hours. The entire campaign led to $4.3 million earned by musicians on the platform with roughly 800,000 items sold.
Spotify is also supporting the industry by matching donations up to $10 million. They also enabled an optional feature on artist pages, allowing artists to raise funds directly from fans without Spotify taking a cut.
“Pay It Forward Live” series kicks-off
Dave Matthews was the first artist to perform on Verizon’s new weekly series, “Pay It Forward Live.” The series, which will air weekly, will raise relief funds for small businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Verizon will eventually donate a total of $5 million to the Local Initiatives Support Corporation throughout the series.
BTS remind us to stay strong
BTS released a heartfelt message on YouTube encouraging fans to stay strong and stay connected during their unprecedented times. The band was chosen by the Korea Armed Forces Nursing Academy to deliver a message in support of the fight against COVID-19 and took a moment to thank those working to combat the pandemic.
The band also reflected on their relationships with fans, saying, “Standing on a stage facing empty seats, we realized how precious each moment with you was.” While we all may be feeling isolated, BTS assured us that we are not alone, we are all connected together and can overcome anything.
Rihanna helps New York
I want to thank @rihanna and the Rihanna Foundation for donating Personal Protective Equipment to New York State.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 26, 2020
We're so appreciative of your help and that of so many others who have stepped up.
Rihanna made a generous donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the state of New York, who is suffering from the most COVID-19 cases in the US. The gear will go towards protecting medical staff and those working to treat patients during this time of pandemic.
Miley Cyrus continues to get real
Last week, Miley Cyrus began her new series "Bright Minded: Live With Miley," which airs daily Monday thru Friday. This week, Cyrus hosted a variety of guests, including; Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa, Hilary Duff, Antoni Porowski, and so many more. The series continues to deliver honest interviews and moments and offer great tips for mindfulness and making it through this crazy time.
James Taylor support Massachusetts General Hospital
Musician James Taylor and his family have donated $1 million to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) to aid in the battle against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. MGH holds a special place for Taylor, who was born at the hospital and who’s father completed his residency and held a chief position there.