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!
Instagram to share livestream advertising revenue with artists
Following suit from its sister social media platform Facebook, Instagram has developed an option for artists to monetise their livestreams on IGTV.
As reported in Music Week, from next week advertising revenue on IGTV will begin being shared with creators. In a time where revenue from touring and festivals have been disrupted, this comes as a welcome change for artists who are continuing to provide content for their fans on Instagram.
Streaming boom during lockdown predicts growth of service
In an exclusive analysis conducted by Music Week, it has been reported that the number of music streaming subscriptions has increased during the period of lockdown in the UK.
Studies found that older demographics are subscribing to music streaming services for the very first time. Plus, despite an initial dip in streaming numbers (due to lack of commutes and time spent in offices and gyms), normal patterns of music consumption have resumed and are in fact still growing.
Kate Tempest shared Poem dedicated to NHS
The poem will appear in the book, entitled Dear NHS: 100 Stories To Say Thank You, as part of 100 personal stories from celebrities about the wonders of the NHS. The contributors include Paul McCartney, Peter Kay, Stephen Fry, Dawn French, Sir Trevor McDonald, and many more.
You can pre-order the book and listen to the poem here.
Stars come together for Together In One Voice stream
The sing-a-long event took place as part of the Manchester International Festival online programme MIF LIVE. Oasis classic 'Wonderwall' was one of the songs performed suring the 30 minute set, backed by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, who said "this one evening will unite Greater Manchester in song and give voice to the strong sense of community spirit we all feel", as reported in the NME.
Festival season moves online, with Knotfest, Slay at Home and Glastonbury pop-up
While festival season 2020 may be on hold, there are plenty of opportunities arising to be a part of the festival spirit online, via livestreams. The newest announcements for festivals moving their content online includes the likes of Slipknot's Knotfest, the new Slay At Home virtual festival and Glastonbury's pop-up 50th celebration plans.
The BBC have announced a brand new channel, coming to iPlayer, which will feature an extensive schedule of Glastonbury Festival coverage from 25th - 29th June. Virtual metal festival Slay At Home has been organised by Metal Injection editor Frank Godla, and will feature sets from Trivium, Megadeth and Stone Sour. Meanwhile, Slipknot's Knotfest will launch its first online edition, which will include not only concert streams from Slipknot and more, but also a selection of exclusive interviews from themselves, Underoath and Code Orange.
Mystery Jets announce new podcast series featuring members of Radiohead and IDLES
Indie stalwarts Mystery Jets have announced a new podcast series, which will feature guests in the form of Radiohead's Ed O'Brien, IDLES' Joe Talbot and more.
The podcast, entitled 'Things Worth Fighting For' will launch on Monday 1st June with host and lead singer of Mystery Jets Blaine Harrison. According to the podcast bio, 'Things Worth Fighting For' "explores stories of resilience from writers, musicians, comedians and activists who have not only had to overcome adversity but used their voice to empower others in the fight for social justice". The first episode will see Blaine speaking with Josie Naughton from Help From Refugees about the refugee crisis.
Vans for Bands raffle sees donations from The 1975, Paul Weller and more
As part of a new charity raffle, Paul Weller, The 1975, Sam Fender and more have offered up prizes in order to raise money for Vans for Bands.
As reported in the NME, the company has been deploying its tour buses - which are not currently being used for their usual purpose - to NHS hospitals allowing frontline workers to relax in comfort while still observing the 2m social distancing rule. In order to fund the costs of this, a raffle has been launched with items from big name musicians donated for the cause.
Eminem shared phone number on Twitter to answer fan questions
On Monday (25th May) Eminem tweeted a phone number, asking fans to text him with their questions. Referencing his hit song 'Stan', he wrote "Dear Stan, I meant to write you sooner, but I just been busy” text me, I’ll hit you back 313-666-7440 #MMLP20 #DearSlim"
He shared a link to Community, a new phone-based social media service that generates a phone number which an artist's fans can use to ask questions about their favourite artists. While there's no guarantee that they will respond, fans are able to contribute text messages and questions in the hope that they can interact directly with their favourite artists.
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