People: Levi’s Hosts Free Nightly Concerts During Self Isolation Featuring Questlove, Brett Young and More. “As millions across the country self-isolate amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Levi’s is doing its part to keep people motivated, energized and safe inside their homes with its new Instagram Live concert series. Each day, the brand is hosting special performances by A-list talent to give all those sheltering in place exactly what they need at the end of the day — a dance party.”
Archyde: EXCLUSIVE – Coronavirus: 50 million euros shortfall for CDs and vinyls in France. “A first estimate of the damage caused by the current crisis on CD and vinyl sales in France was established by a benchmark player on the market. And the number is important. ‘Between mid-March and the end of May, the shortfall will amount to 50 million euros including tax. In volume, the fall in physical sales could range from 90% to 95% over the period’, entrusts a connoisseur of the sector to ‘Les Echos’.
NME: Sonic Youth release archive recordings of 12 live shows to help you through quarantine. “Sonic Youth have released archive recordings of 12 live shows from throughout their career. The iconic noise rock band formed in 1981 and split in 2011, following Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore’s separation.”
The Verge: Here are a bunch of free music apps and sample packs while we’re all stuck inside. “Life looks very different right now as the novel coronavirus has millions around the world stuck indoors. Festivals, clubs, and even house parties are banned in many cities, leaving musicians (and music lovers) housebound and searching for creative outlets. Over the past few weeks, several music companies have responded by offering freebies in order to, as Korg said, provide ‘a musical way to occupy your mind.'”
Mashable: Apple makes video and music software free amid coronavirus pandemic. “Apple has made its professional-grade software for video editing and music making – Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X – free with a 90-day trial. Normally, Final Cut Pro X has a 30-day trial, which has now been extended to 90 days, and works even if you’re already on a 30-day trial. And Logic Pro X, which didn’t have any sort of free trial so far, now gets the 90-day trial option as well.”
CNET: Nine Inch Nails releases two new albums for free. “If you’re running out of good working-from-home music, here’s what to load up next. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, aka Nine Inch Nails, have gifted us two new albums, available now on Spotify — for free.”
Spotify: How Spotify Is Addressing COVID-19, On-Platform and Off. “We have several COVID-19 efforts already underway, and today we’re announcing a new initiative to support members of the music community with the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project. Via our website, Spotify will recommend verified organizations that offer financial relief to those in the music community most in need. Spotify will match dollar-for-dollar public donations, up to a total Spotify contribution of $10 million.”