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!
New Order to lead charity fundraising livestream in tribute to Ian Curtis
Members of New Order will pay tribute to the band's late singer, Ian Curtis, as part of a charity livestream event on Monday 18th May. Monday will mark the 40th anniversary of Curtis's death.
The stream, titled Moving Through the Silence: Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Ian Curtis will feature appearances from the likes of The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, Elbow and Kodaline. It will take place at United We Stream’s website and Facebook page. Donations can be made for the mental health charity Manchester Mind, Nordoff Robins and the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Charity.
Stage musical Hamilton to be released later this year on Disney+
Moving its recorded release date forward by over a year, the hit stage musical Hamilton will be released exclusively on Disney+ on 3rd July 2020.
The release of Hamilton has changed from a theatrical release to a streaming exclusive. The show was filmed professionally over three live performances in 2016, and includes the original cast members.
Now, Disney+ subscribers who may not have had the opportunity to see the theatre stage production firsthand, will have the opportunity to watch the record breaking musical in their own homes.
Haim to steam weekly dance classes for fans on Zoom
Every Sunday for the next four weeks, LA trio Haim will be leading dance classes on Zoom. During the classes, fans can learn the routines to their most-loved music videos.
The choreography to tracks 'Want You Back', 'Little Of Your Love', 'If I Could Change Your Mind' and latest single 'I Know Alone' will be taught. Fans can register to attend the classes here.
Paul Simon praises Welsh key workers for their cover of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'
Paul Simon, of iconic duo Simon & Garfunkel, has praised key workers at Llandudno’s Venue Cymru after a cover of one of his most famous songs.
The venue has been temporarily transformed into a hospital and renamed Ysbyty Enfys, which means Rainbow Hospital in Welsh. Paul Simon has praised key workers at the site for their vital work on the NHS frontline, and their emotional performance of the Simon & Garfunkel classic 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'.
“Here is an extraordinary performance of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ by the brave men and women from NHS in honour of the Llandudno’s Venue Cymru, which has been turned into a temporary coronavirus hospital. During this process, the facility has been renamed to Ysbyty Enfys, which is Welsh for Rainbow Hospital, as a symbol for hope.” Simon wrote on Facebook.
Post Malone donates 40,000 vital face masks to frontline staff
Megastar Post Malone has relaunched his brand Shaboink, which will be providing and donating thousands of essential items to key workers on the frontline.
Having already donated 40,000 face masks, the brand is now also accepting pre-orders for 'clean kits'. The kits will contain cleaning items, gloves, masks, hand sanitiser and vitamins. According to reports in Rolling Stone, a portion of the sales will be donated to humanitarian aid organisation Direct Relief.
Ed Sheeran delivers lockdown music lesson to primary school children
Global superstar Ed Sheeran taught a surprise lockdown music lesson to children at Ecclesbourne Primary School in London via Zoom last week.
According to reports in The Sun, Sheeran took part in a Q&A and taught children how to play the guitar. He also spoke with them about his own experiences in school.
BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend set to go ahead as an online event
Over May Bank Holiday weekend (22nd - 24th), BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend will take place as planned, yet remotely for the first time ever and aired on BBC Radio 1.
Artists such as Sam Smith, Anne-Marie, Biffy Clyro and Rita Ora are among the first to join the bill. The stars will be set to perform brand new live sets. Originally due to take place in Dundee, the 2020 edition will feature 50 brand new live sets from artists, recorded in their own homes. The event will also replay around 50 memorable performances from previous years.
Prince & The Revolution's 1985 live album is officially released
The 1985 concert film 'Live' from Prince and the Revolution was uploaded to YouTube today (15th May). The stream raised money for the World Health Organisation.
The soundtrack to the concert film, which captures the famous Purple Rain tour, has also been uploaded to all streaming services for the first time ever.
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