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Everyone’s turned their cribs into Club Quarantine, but what song is your No. 1 pick to get the party started?
Dua Lipa’s sophomore album Future Nostalgia has been giving fans the ultimate blast from the past of the ’70s disco scene, and Billboard’s Pop Songs and Radio Songs charts crowned “Don’t Start Now” as the No. 1 track this week (dated April 4).
Bad Bunny, meanwhile, dressed as a dancing drag queen in his “Yo Perreo Sola” music video released Friday from his Top Latin Albums No. 1 project YHLQMDLG. A group of girls dance freely throughout the colorful clip before the dance club-related PSA pops up at the end: Si no quiere bailar contigo, respeta, ella perrea sola, which translates to “If she doesn’t want to dance with you, respect her, she twerks alone.”
So which song is the No. 1 dance song playing in your Club Quarantine? Vote below!
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In Greek mythology, Atlas holds the celestial sphere on his shoulders – but if he happens to slip, rockers Shinedown want to assure the world that we can hold each other up in trying times like these. To that end, the Florida band’s previously unreleased song “Atlas Falls” speaks to our ability to rally during times of crisis. “During the writing and recording of the Amaryllis album there was a song that meant a great deal to me and the band titled ‘Atlas Falls.’ Although the song did not make the album, I always felt that one day the world would hear it,” says frontman Brent Smith. “It has never been clearer to me than right now that the time has come for ‘Atlas Falls’ to arrive.”
The band is donating the proceeds from the song and their new t-shirt and merch line to the nonprofit humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief, which provides protective equipment and essential medical items for those on the frontlines of the pandemic. In just one week, Shinedown has raised $120,000 for Direct Relief, including the $20,000 they donated.
“I have always said and believe to be true that music can heal us all. We need music, and each other, now more than ever as we all are witnessing a global pandemic unlike anything we have ever seen in many generations,” Smith says. “Myself, Barry, Zach, Eric, and our Shinedown family want the entire world to know that we are in this together, and we must all do our part and continue to encourage love, respect and taking care of each other. Now is the time to put our differences aside so that we can truly lift each other up. We have partnered with an incredible organization Direct Relief who are doing important work globally to help the medical community receive the resources they need in order to save lives.”
Additionally, to help keep you occupied while you’re practicing social distancing in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus and save lives, Brent Smith created a special quarantine playlist. Check out his recommendations below.
1. “Atlas Falls” by Shinedown
We recently made this song available for download with the purchase of the “Atlas Falls” T-shirt with 100% of proceeds going to Direct Relief, an amazing non-profit humanitarian aid organization working to provide essential personal protective items (like masks, gloves and gowns) to health workers caring for COVID-19 patients. This song was written during our sessions for Amaryllis, and while it didn’t make the album, I always felt really strongly about this song. Little did we know, eight years later, it would be so necessary. It’s a song that speaks to the times and hopefully inspires us to come together. It’s a tough time for everyone right now, but we must stay optimistic and know that we are going to get through this.
2. “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
Honestly no matter what generation you’re from this song just makes you feel better when you listen to it. It’s a very encouraging song.
3. “With a Little Help From My Friends” by Joe Cocker
I grew up watching a television show called The Wonder Years, and this was the theme song. When I listen to it today it just reminds me of simpler times but it always makes me smile.
4. “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish
Since we’re all in self-quarantine this is the song that I put on when I get a little stir crazy. It’s goofy, it’s silly, it’s also absolutely genius.
5. “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper
I feel like this one might be self-explanatory.
6. “BEAST” by Nico Vega
Interesting because the song is about seven years old, but there was a Netflix film that was recently released called Spenser Confidential, and I hadn’t heard this song in years and it’s part of the soundtrack, and I honestly had just forgotten how badass this track is. I highly recommend it.
7. “Who Made Who” by AC/DC
Without a doubt my favorite song by this legendary group. Even to this day when this song comes on it really just gets me excited, and puts me in a good mood, and helps me get focused.
8. “Mad World” by Gary Jules
A lot of people have mixed emotions about this song. I find it to be reassuring and calming. I’ve always enjoyed this song when I was in moments of meditation, and reflection, and when you are self-quarantined these kinds of songs are very important for relaxing.
9. “Stranded” by GOJIRA
Let’s face it. Sometimes you have just got to rage. I love this band, I admire this song. It is just so intense, yet melodic and 1,000% awesome.
10. “Bulls on Parade” by Rage Against The Machine
Speaking of rage, I feel like this song should be in everybody’s top 10 playlist…period.
11. “Cleopatra” by The Lumineers
It’s tough for me to pick a favorite from The Lumineers but this one would have to probably be at the top of the list. And also for whatever reason during these times of self-quarantine this seems to continuously be popping up on my shuffle playlist.
Big & Rich return with their feel-good new single via Thirty Tigers, aptly titled “Stay Home.” An uplifting tune that serves as a warning to the world currently battling the coronavirus, Big & Rich advise for everyone to “Stay Home” alongside a driving beat and memorable lyrics.
“Stay home, stay home/ No reason in the world for you to roam/ We’re all in this together/ No friend you ain’t alone/ All you gotta do is stay home,” they croon on the chorus.
“With all the serious things happening in the world we thought it would be good to offer America a 2-and-a-half minute ear-to-ear grin,” the band say in a statement.
John Rich, a Fox Nation contributor, is witnessing the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic close to home as his Nashville establishment, John Rich’s Redneck Riviera Bar & BBQ, has been closed since March 16. The singer was one of the first establishments on Lower Broadway to follow Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s mandate to close down immediately.
“We here at John Rich’s Redneck Riviera Bar & BBQ have the safety and health of our employees, customers, family and friends at the forefront of our concerns,” the establishment wrote in an email to its patrons. “With that, we will pause the party for the ‘work hard, play hard’ crowd for now.”
Listen to Big & Rich’s “Stay Home” below.
Jay Sweet was shell-shocked. On Monday (March 30), the producer of the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals scrolled through the list artists who had applied for the Newport Festivals Musicians Relief Fund. The tally was long — and all of the names were familiar.
“You think you know how much need is there,” he said, still scrolling. “And then you realize how much more is needed.”
The Newport Festivals Foundation, the nonprofit that sustains both Rhode Island festivals and a number of musical education programs, had launched the fund to alleviate the financial impact of the global coronavirus pandemic on their community by emptying their own pockets. Many of the artists who have played Newport Folk and Jazz are still reeling from the income that disintegrated following the cancelations of tours, festivals and album releases, and five hours after the announcement, hundreds responded to the call for applications in the hope of receiving support from the initiative. (Both Newport Folk, set for July 31-Aug. 2, and Newport Jazz, Aug. 7-9, are proceeding as planned at the moment, though Sweet is in close contact with the Governor of Rhode Island and local authorities regarding whether or not that will change.)
Giving is already built into the Newport Festival Foundation’s model — for each artist on either festival’s lineup, it makes a donation on the artist’s behalf to an organization of their choosing before they hit the stage at Fort Adams — and this fund is undeniably a strain on the foundation’s own modest resources. For Sweet, who joined the organization as Newport Folk’s producer in 2008 and now produces Newport Jazz as well, it’s a simple, necessary expenditure: you can’t have a festival without musicians, and those musicians need literal and figurative gas in the tank of the band van if they’re going to make it through this trying time.
“It’s been an emotional 48 hours, because I’ve been talking to artists and helping them get the word out for our Newport Folk and Jazz families,” he says. “It’s hard to put this into context until you start talking to artists individually and when you hear their stories. It puts a sharper point on what we’re all going through.”
One of those conversations was with the family of John Prine, who’s performed at Newport in recent years and was hospitalized on Sunday night (but is now in stable condition) with COVID-19. Another was with Matt Vasquez, the frontman of Delta Spirit, who has performed at Newport Folk with his band, solo, and with two supergroups (Middle Brother and Glorietta). Delta Spirit is scheduled to return to Newport Folk, and wanted the donation in their name to go towards relief efforts in Austin, that had been established to aid local musicians and hospitality workers following the cancelation of South By Southwest.
Sweet took a cue from Vasquez with the Newport Festivals Musicians Relief Fund by directing funds to Newport Folk and Jazz performers, past and present, when they need these resources the most. Additionally, there are still a dozen or so artists to be announced for this year’s lineup — and many of them have chosen to donate to Newport’s relief fund instead of another organization to support their fellow performers.
Below, Sweet walks through the Newport Festivals Musicians Relief Fund, how it will work, what the pandemic’s impact on the music industry at large means for the festivals.
Let’s start with the inspiration for this relief fund: you had a conversation with Delta Spirit’s Matt Vasquez about Austin, and how its music and hospitality communities were struggling following the cancelation of SXSW. When did you realize that you wanted to get involved with COVID-19 relief?
Right then. When Matt told me some of the needs he’s facing, I had a meeting with our whole foundation, and I said, “Look: We’re in for a pretty big change in the next couple months.” Everything started being canceled, but it’s not just the touring income [for the artists]: touring increases the merchandising income, the streaming income, licensing — live [profit] doesn’t stop on ticket sales. It’s a domino effect. I kept hearing these personal stories, so I said, “Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.” We just decided that we needed to address the needs of our folk and jazz families and our local community immediately. I was getting emails from bands saying, “God, I hope these festivals still happen, I need it now more than ever — but I don’t know if we’re going to be a band by then.”
If there is an emergency fund, this is the break-the-glass moment, right now. We are clearly far from having unlimited funds. We are one-tenth the size of almost all these festivals that are canceling. We just felt that if we have anything — anything — we have to give it, because either way, we’re in danger. If we don’t give it, and we don’t provide the assistance, we’re just as endangered as if we do. And if we can, the hope is that when the time comes to have these festivals, we have a bunch of artists who can come up and play it. We only had two ways to go, and we chose the way that has a positive feedback loop. We’re hoping that if we can get these artists through a tough period of time, and if we can throw our festival, they’ll be able to get there.
Since Delta Spirit, other artists you’ve announced on the Newport Folk lineup, like Barrie and Drive-By Truckers, have chosen to take that donation the festival makes on their behalf and use it to support COVID-19 relief efforts in local communities. Are you hearing that the remaining artists you have yet to announce feel the same way?
Just to reiterate, every single time someone confirms to play the festival, we promise on a handshake — none of this is written out — that we will make a donation to the music program of their choice before they step foot on the stage. The one bond we will not forego, whether we have the festival or don’t, is that bond. The remaining dozen or so artists have all so far chosen to donate to our own [COVID-19 relief fund]. It has nothing to do with our agreements or anything: it’s our handshake deal that we will help the situation however we can before the event… This ripple effect will not change immediately, and we realize that. What we’re offering is a tiny band-aid. That’s it. It’s the most we can do, but it’s the absolute minimum of what we need to do. This isn’t coming from a place of anger or frustration, but trying to keep the glass of spirit half full.
What does this mean for you, in terms of the economic impact this could have on the Newport Festivals Foundation?
Not to sound like a bad movie, but so far, paying it forward — if we ever get in the position where we need help, people will be there for us. You don’t expect it; there’s no quid pro quo. This is a one-way thing, and you just know it’s the right thing to do. If you keep doing the right thing, that’s just what you do with a community…. A lot of people would throw their hands up and say we’re going to hunker in the bunker and wait until everybody tells us it’s okay to come out. We want everybody to do that, but for us, we can’t ignore the fact that by doing that, we’re putting our entire community at risk.
If the Newport festivals do take place as currently scheduled, what happens when the bulk of your lineup have to adjust their plans or run into scheduling issues now that festivals have been moved to every weekend this fall? Is there a plan in place to deal with those concerns, and have you had talent have to drop out already because of this?
A major headliner just did that to me last week. It was really sad, it was somebody who’s never played the event, but I’m looking at it as a door closes and a window opens. The reality is, for every artist that may have to change their plans, there are half a dozen that have reached out who said, “If it happens, you should just make it a free for all — everyone who shows up will play.” There were 13 bands, not artists, that showed up at the festival last year that were not on the bill. We have double that, already, asking to come, even if they’re not officially announced or anything. We’re very fortunate that this is the community Newport created: if one band has to pull out, there are three who’d offer to jump in on it before they’re promised anything. “Pay me for a hotel room and make sure I get a meal ticket.” I’ve been in the business a long f–kin’ time. I just don’t think it exists everywhere else.
Activism and speaking truth to power are entwined in the fabric of Newport — Pete Seeger is a founding father of American protest music, and he’s a formative figure in the legacy of Newport Folk, too. This is the kind of year that feels like it needs Newport Folk, in a spiritual sense. Does this intensify the “what if we have to cancel” conversation?
That’s the thing that I keep getting freaked out about. I know I’m not objective, and I feel that way, and I keep thinking, “Maybe I’m overthinking this from the outside perspective.” I cannot underscore how many people that are objective as f–k — people who throw other festivals, who have canceled their festivals — have said, “Newport has to happen. We need it. Do whatever you need to throw this g–damn festival.” It is really a very, very small beam of light in a f–kin’ hurricane. I’m fascinated that it’s artists — not their management, not their agents — saying, “Can I come? I just want to be there when it happens.” If it happens, we would have one of the most cathartic Newport experiences in its history.
It’s been pretty difficult for me to be at that crossroads where all of this emotion is happening. I’m trying to plan for the best and prepare for the worst. At the same time, this is why we’re doing these exact things: we’re giving our funds to artists in case they can come, and if they can’t, the investment is equal. “If you can do the festival, I need you to have this, and if you can’t do the festival, I need you to have this.” Doing something now shows that we’re invested in our community and our future, more than, “Well, we can’t spend it because we have to be careful: we can’t spend anything on anybody, everybody’s on their own.” That’s what a lot of people are doing. We’re totally gambling on the other side. We’re going to help and support so we can ensure our viability in 2021.
When you came aboard with Newport Folk in 2008, you obviously didn’t set out to work in the nonprofit sector, and the foundation was established in 2010. How has all of this changed, or deepened, what you hope to do with the Newport festivals?
I was the producer of the Newport Folk Festival, and George [Wein, Newport Folk and Jazz founder] was producing the Newport Jazz Festival, and there was this foundation that was very small. I said, “We can’t keep going by just being a festival, it’s not going to work. The marketplace isn’t going to allow it. This community needs to be built on the back of doing good. It’s that simple.” Luckily, George backed me… We don’t use the term family lightly. You either get it or you don’t. There are so many that don’t, but the ones that do, I have to be there for them. It’s now a part of the DNA of this foundation. It’s our only currency. These familiar bonds are the only way we sell tickets, put on these events, raise money for music programs and education — this is the only way. We’re not some massive, national, publicly-traded corporation. We are microscopic. We are hand-to-mouth, just as are the majority of artists. But if I got an extra piece of bread, I’m not gonna store it away for some other time. I’m going to share it.
Being forced to stay indoors can be mentally taxing for many, but Five North have curated a playlist that will musically transport you to happier places.
The new rock trio (comprised of The Last Summer actor Tyler Posey, Makeout’s Scott Eckel and bassist Kyle Murphy) put together a 16-song quarantine soundtrack for Billboard that features alt-rock, punk rock and classic rock. But there’s also a splash of beachy vibes on the playlist, courtesy of Goldfinger, Sheryl Crow, NOFX and Santana.
Five North have also included tunes that are simply meant to ease your mind, like WYS’ “Take Me Back,” and song titles that are fitting for these uncertain times, like Joe Cocker’s “With a Little Help From My Friends.” And, of course, there are tracks from Five North and Makeout on the playlist, with Five North’s “This Mess” — from their debut EP, Scumbag, which arrived March 6 — serving up an all-too-serendipitous message: “How do I get out of this mess?”
Let your brain escape with Five North’s quarantine-approved playlist — and check out some quotes from the guys themselves — below. [Note: Posey didn’t pick a particular song from The Bottom Line, but instead shouted out their entire catalog. You can listen to them here.]
Fever 333, “Presence Is Strength”: “Despite the name, right now distance is strength, but the message stays the same. Long live the servants. There’s a motherf—in’ fever comin.’” — Scott
Nothing, Nowhere, “Destruction”: “Feeling useless, I don’t wanna do this.” How I feel about this current situation.” — Scott
The Amity Affliction, “Soak Me In Bleach”: “Yeah, just, do it please.” — Scott
Blue Öyster Cult, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”: “I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription? You got it, baby.. more cowbell.” — Scott
WYS, “Take Me Back”: “Something soothing for when isolation gets too much, and you’re a little sad, just curl up and let this one heal you.” — Scott
Makeout, “Ride It Out”: “Shameless promotion. But hey let’s just ride this one out. Let’s go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for this all to blow over.” — Scott
Five North, “This Mess”: “Perfectly goes with the madness happening, as the hook lyric is ‘how do I get out of this mess?!’ Maybe we were predicting the future when we wrote it.” — Tyler
Sheryl Crow, “All I Wanna Do”: “She’s been an anthem for me for a couple years because damn she’s the s–t. But this song kind of helps meditate you out of the sadness that’s going on right now. Everything’s gonna be okay!” — Tyler
Joe Cocker, “With A Little Help From My Friends”: “This isn’t the original version of this song, but g—–n is it good. If you’re missing a little soul in your life right now, this will be sure to punch it back into it.” — Tyler
The Bottom Line’s entire discography: “We were fortunate enough to tour with this band in the UK a couple years ago and fell in love with them and their sound. The bottom line bleeds POP PUNK WILL NEVER DIE and they do it better than anyone. Anything by them will help put a smile on your face and a mosh in your step.” — Tyler
The Story So Far, “Proper Dose”: “The Proper Dose album has been a staple for us since it came out. Helping pass the 100+ hours in the tour van by with ease. This album and title track specifically is a beautifully structured work of art, and The Story So Far keeps pushing the boundaries of their shit and it’s super inspiring.” — Tyler
The Midnight, “Jason”: “If you want to feel like you’re in a f–king movie about to go fight space aliens, which might be necessary with the boredom going around, this band will help transport you to any sci-fi scene you’d like. Driving home from Vegas with the desert around you smoking cigarettes was also a really cool way to listen to them. That’s how I was introduced, haha.” — Kyle
Blink-182, “Dick Lips”: “A unanimous decision between us, blink 18-f—ing-2. They will always be in any of our playlists. Even if the playlist is called ‘Please don’t put any Blink 182 in this playlist.’ Tyler has the first note of Dick Lips tattooed on him, Scott is thinking about getting Tyler’s lips tattooed on his d…” — Kyle
Goldfinger, “Tijuana Sunrise”: “The beach seems to hold a special warm place in our hearts. This song takes the beach to you. Necessary for these times.” — Kyle
NOFX, “Eat The Meek”: “Another band that deserves to be on every playlist if we have any opinion. Also, more beach in your living room with this one.” — Kyle
Santana, “Oye Como Va”: “I think this song explains itself. In these times of isolation, it’s hard to feel sexy. Put this on and you are the vixen in the dark dive bar who knows how to salsa like nobody’s business. Shake what yo mama gave ya!” — Kyle