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By Usman Khan Lodhi
Spotify now lets artists list virtual events on their pages
by Usman Khan Lodhi
In a bid to boost virtual concerts amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Spotify, in collaboration with Songkick, has added a feature for artists to list upcoming events on their pages. The firm is making this adjustment in view of the surge in viewership for live streaming events due to the lockdowns, which forced many of us to remain within our homes. It noted that physical events such as concerts are still far away.
Starting today, any kind of virtual event can show up in the "On Tour" area, which previously listed only live shows. Musicians will be able to set up the listing through Songkick or Ticketmaster only, but Spotify noted that virtual concerns can be "hosted on a multitude of platforms." These may include Twitch, Instagram Live, YouTube Live, or a hosted website of the artist's choice. Spotify stated:
The virtual concerts will also be added to the Spotify's Concerts hub, which can help artists promote their live podcast recordings, at-home or in-studio performance, and Q&A sessions.
By Usman Khan Lodhi
SoundCloud will let musicians add a direct donation button to their profiles
by Usman Khan Lodhi
Musicians whose livelihood depends on live concerts and festivals are hurting as public gatherings have been indefinitely postponed due to the coronavirus crisis. In an effort to make up for the shortfall, SoundCloud is allowing artists to add a button to their profiles so that listeners can directly support their favorite musicians, according to Engadget. Once the button is clicked, users will be redirected to payment services like PayPal, Patreon, and Bandcamp.
The feature will remain available indefinitely on artists' profiles so the fans can support them throughout the crisis. SoundCloud advises that musicians keep their bios informative and inform their fans how exactly they will be supporting them, let it be groceries, rent, or production equipment charges.
The blue button, which is quite prominent, can be found above an artist's bio, so it is unlikely that fans will miss it. The button is accompanied by a message stating that this initiative will keep those facing hardships during the crisis afloat.
Hopefully, musicians can use this initiative to get through these tough times.
Westboro Baptist Church targeted a Foo Fighters concert at Kansas City's Sprint Center on Friday, Aug. 21, and the band fired back -- with a Rickroll.
The band arrived on the scene via a pickup truck, blasting Rick Astley’s 1987 single “Never Gonna Give You Up” and holding up signs that read “You Got Rick Roll’d Again” and “Keep It Clean.” Dave Grohl enthusiastically clapped along to “Never Gonna Give You Up” as fans cheered.
The song’s video has been used as an Internet meme in which people fool others into watching Astley’s clip since 2007, when the phrase “Rickrolling” was born.
Watch the band's applauded stunt in the video clips below.
This isn’t the first time Grohl and Co. have trolled Westboro picketers. Back in September 2011, the band uploaded a video of themselves rolling in on a flatbed truck, singing a country song with lyrics like “Think I’m in the mood for some hot-man muffins” in front of the Westboro group of protestors outside their show in Kansas City that August.
At the time, Grohl gave a speech: "God bless America! It takes all kinds. I don't care if you're black or white or purple or green, whether you're Pennsylvanian or Transylvanian, Lady Gaga or Lady Antebellum, men loving women and women loving men and men loving men and women loving women -- you all know we like to watch that. But what I'd like to say is, God bless America, y'all!"
Hi Everyone, Who The Foo Fighters Fans, Here is the The dramatic moment of Dave Grohl Falling off stage at festival in Gothenburg, Sweden.