We know it's tough right now to stay positive. But we're here to let you know that it's not all doom and gloom. Keep your chin up, and find solace in music and the arts. So, each week, we will bring you our favourite positive music news stories from around the world. We hope it brings a smile to your face. Enjoy!
JLS confirm NHS show
JLS have announced a free matinee concert for all NHS frontline staff and hospital workers set to take place on Saturday 28th November at Birmingham Resorts World Arena. Aston, Marvin, Oritsé and JB have announced that the additional matinee NHS free show during their eagerly awaited 'Beat Again' comeback tour, however the one off special gig will be centred around celebrating and honouring the incredible efforts made by the UK's NHS frontline staff and primary care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sir David Attenborough to teach Geography lessons to kids in Lockdown
The BBC's new virtual learning program, Bitesize Daily launched this week with several famous faces volunteering to take part, including naturist hero Sir David Attenborough. Lessons are available now on the BBC iPlayer!
BBC Radio One launches Coronavirus charity song with Dua Lipa, Chris Martin and more
The charity song was released yesterday by BBC Radio One – a cover of Foo Fighters' Times Like These - with all profits divided between BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief! Artists included on the single include Chris Martin, Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding, Bastille, Royal Blood, Rita Ora, Biffy Clyro and much more! You can download and stream the single in all of the usual places and watch on YouTube here!
Florence and the Machine Drop Uplifting 'High as Hope' Outtake
'Light Of Love' didn’t make the final 2018 album but now Florence Welch says… "I thought it would be nice to share it with the fans at this time of uncertainty, and could be a good way to raise awareness for the Intensive Care Society COVID-19 Fund, and to show my love, respect and admiration to all those working on the frontline of this crisis." Listen to Welch's beautiful single here.
Big Thief Raise Money for Touring Crew
The band have released 'Demos Vol. 1' with all proceeds being donated to their touring crew. The five songs do not appear on either of their first two albums and you can purchase them here.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies to be streamed for free on YouTube
From 7pm on Friday 24th April the 2012 production starring Ben Lewis and Anna O'Byrne, Love Never Dies will be available to stream on Youtube for free!
War veteran Captain Tom Moore and Michael Ball could reach Number 1 for charity single!
Not only has 99 year old Captain Tom Moore raised over £28M for the NHS by walking lengths of his garden but, after joining forces with Michael Ball and The NHS Voices of Care, he is on course for scoring a number one single with cover of the Rodgers & Hammerstein / Gerry & The Pacemakers' hit You'll Never Walk Alone. What a hero! Listen here.
Peter Kay asks fans to help remake Amarillo video
The comedian took part in BBC's Big Night In event last night (23 April) – raising funds for Comic Relief and Children In Need. He asked fans to help him recreate his memorable music video for (Is This The Way To) Amarillo which, in 2005, won over the hearts of the UK and went straight to number one in order to raise money for Comic Relief. Viewers were in tears as the new, re-created music video was aired with the nation's heroes - such as nurses, firefighters and care home staff all taking part; watch it for yourself here.
GRAMMYs Prince tribute on fourth anniversary of legend's death
Foo Fighters, FKA twigs, Beck and more recorded a special tribute to Prince after January's GRAMMY Awards Ceremony which was broadcasted this week on the 4th anniversary of his death. Other performances included Miguel covering 'I Would Die 4 U' and John Legend taking on 'Nothing Compares 2 U'. Watch the Grammy Salute to Prince here.
Spotify allows fans to directly pay musicians
Spotify have developed a new feature where fans can donate money to their favourite artists. Spotify explained that they hoped the feature would allow struggling performers to keep creating music during lockdown.
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