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The Beat Goes on: Celebrity Livestream Concerts Boom Amid Quarantine Lockdown

The Beat Goes on: Celebrity Livestream Concerts Boom Amid Quarantine Lockdown

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Celebrity livestream concerts bring rock star musicians to your living room

Celebrity livestream concerts are popping up everywhere in recent days as rockstars rely on the internet to reach fans in the face of coronavirus lockdown.

Most agree there is nothing quite like a live rock concert. Beginning with hearing about a newly announced concert, eagerly waiting for tickets to go on sale, and buying the best seats at the first possible moment.

The anticipation of watching musical acts perform live is one of the great joys of life. Yes, the recent COVID-19 pandemic may have curtailed the world’s ability to gather in person to enjoy live music. But bands and artists aren’t about to let that stop them from sharing their talents with fans. Enter livestream concerts.

No spotlight needed

Artists of all genres are turning to social media and other livestream platforms to turn their homes into intimate stage. There, they’re sharing special performances that the world will never forget.

In a time when the healing power of music is more important than ever, some of the most well-known names in music are sharing their very best medicine.

Earlier in March, Billboard launched a live stream on Facebook called Billboard Live At-Home. It featured artists like Josh Groban, JoJo, Skip Marley, Hunter Hayes, Russell Dickerson, and more.

Each of the virtual shows has been met by thousands of fans with open arms and gratitude for the connection to their favorite artists. As one Josh Groban fan said, “I am already feeling better. Thank you for lifting our spirits.”

Even the reclusive Dave Matthews teamed up with Verizon to broadcast a one hour show from his home studio on March 26, 2020

Music for a cause

A star-studded livestream concert broadcasted on Fox Sunday night showed just how great an impact live music can have. The show, called iHeart Living Room Concert for America, was hosted by Elton John and included quite the line up. Viewers saw performances by Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, the Backstreet Boys, Tim McGraw, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Camila Cabello, H.E.R., Sam Smith and more.

All the artists appeared from their homes and “filmed with their personal cell phones, camera and audio equipment,” according to a news release from Fox.

The concert raised money for the First Responders Children’s Foundation and Feeding America. These are two charities helping families during the coronavirus outbreak.

Such concerts bring live performances into living rooms around the world are a reminder that we’re all in this together. And that together, we can make a difference.

The Billboard Live At-Home shows invite music fans to donate to a worthy cause of the artist and Billboard’s choosing. The goal is to bring much-needed aid to organizations that need extra support given the current public health crisis.

Groban’s live event benefited Meals on Wheels. He urged fans to “tune in from their bedrooms” to listen to music and donate. Nearly 125,000 fans rose to the occasion, joining Groban virtually and uniting in support of a good cause.

As one fan commented on Instagram after the event, “Thanks for using your fame for good.”

Find your genre of livestream concerts

Many artists are performing on platforms like Instagram TV (some almost nightly), to the delight of their devoted fans.

Niall Horan (voted Billboard’s favorite live-stream concert by viewers), says he is enjoying “doing something different.” He delighted his fans with a performance of his new single “Dear Patience” on The Tonight Show: At Home Edition. And the timing couldn’t have been better.

As one viewer said, “I hope you know how your voice affects us, the way it captivates our hearts and helps us heal through this.”

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There is plenty of quarantine entertainment via livestream concerts either real-time or on replay. Billboard’s Live At-Home series continues this week with Allie X, Allen Stone, and Lecrae, among others.

Other artists like Wyclef Jean continue to go live on Facebook every day with new acoustic performances. Even world-renowned venues like the Grand Ole Opry are sponsoring virtual tours with artists like Melissa Etheridge, Vince Gill, and the Josh Abbott Band.

Music fans can watch archived concert streams every day on this music service from 9 a.m. PT to 9 p.m. PT.

From opera to jazz (and everything in between), there is a virtual musical outlet for every age and taste. The new push for livestream concerts proves that the world continues to make beautiful music together — even in times of crisis.

As John Elton said as he closed the Heart Living Room Concert for America Sunday night, “Stay safe, cherish your loved ones, and when all this is done and over with, I’ll be out there playing for you again.”

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