Music News: Major stars declare 'existential threat' to music industry


Lizzo at the Armory in Minneapolis, 2019.
Lizzo at the Armory in Minneapolis, 2019. (Mary Mathis/MPR)

Over 150 music stars ranging from Lizzo to Stevie Nicks to Lionel Richie to Pussy Riot have signed a letter to President Donald Trump, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Congressional leaders asking for financial relief to support the music industry during "an existential threat that is unprecedented."

"The cancellation of concerts, festivals, and tours has brought an abrupt end to income for hundreds of thousands of people," reads the letter. "For these dedicated individuals, it is not an unwillingness, but an inability, to work, when all concerts, tours, and recording sessions are canceled or indefinitely postponed. While some concerts will be rescheduled, it is inevitable that many will be canceled and unable to find a venue in which to perform when this crisis has passed."

The letter was created and circulated by the Music Artists Coalition, a lobbying group representing performers and songwriters. (Rolling Stone)

Bandcamp to waive revenue share in support of artists

For 24 hours this Friday, March 20, Bandcamp will waive its revenue share on music sales in an attempt to support artists during the current show-stopping pandemic. "We're already seeing many fans going above and beyond to support artists across Bandcamp," wrote CEO Ethan Diamond in a statement. "For many artists, a single day of boosted sales can mean the difference between being able to pay rent or not." (Pitchfork)

Celebs cover John Lennon to raise spirits

With most of the world effectively homebound, Wonder Woman actor Gal Gadot rallied some of her celebrity friends to share some inspiration and solidarity through a group cover of John Lennon's "Imagine," with stars including Natalie Portman, Sia, Zoe Kravitz, Maya Rudolph, Jimmy Fallon, Norah Jones, and Leslie Odom Jr. each taking a line of the bittersweet 1971 classic. The result, with all the singers filming themselves on their phones, is endearing if slightly awkward. On the couch, in their sweats, experiencing a swirl of emotions, celebrities truly are just like us. (Spin)

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