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Here Are All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During the Coronavirus Crisis: Week of Oct. 5

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With the number of cases of the coronavirus on the rise again in nearly half of the states, why not stay home and stay healthy while being entertained by some of your favorite musicians?

There are numerous world-famous acts taking the stage from empty venues and their homes this week. Among them are K-pop superstars BTS, who’ll be performing on Radio.com, a benefit show by Gloria Estefan and the cast of Hamilton, Charli XCX doing a set from her latest album, a weekend concert series by Hanson, and much, much more.

Since the global coronavirus pandemic, artists around the world have canceled their tours and have instead entertained and connected with fans via socially distanced livestreamed shows. Below is a list of music events you can enjoy the week of Oct. 5 from the comfort of your couch. We’ll update the list as more events are announced.


Oct. 6: BTS joins Radio.com for a live performance, beginning at 6 p.m. ET. The event streams on Radio.comFacebook and Twitter.

Duck Down Music celebrates its 25th anniversary at (Le) Poisson Rouge in NYC with Black Moon, Smif-n-Wessun, O.G.C., Heltah Skeltah plus special appearances from Statik Selektah, Talib Kweli and KRS-One. Watch on the Amazon Music Twitch channel at 5 p.m. ET.

Oct. 7: Linda Perry joins “SohoMuse Presents Voices” in honor of LGBTQ history month. The former 4 Non Blondes lead singer will be joining the virtual event’s co-founder for a one-on-one discussion that begins at 8 p.m. ET. Visit SohoMuse’s website for an invite.

Oct. 8: Gloria Estefan and the cast of Hamilton will be performing during The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis’ 35th annual Great Sports Legends Dinner, which is going virtual this year. The event will be livestreamed, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets are available through the Buoniconti website; all proceeds will benefit Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

Jason Isbell, Smith & Myers, American Authors and more are performing as part of Sound Mind Live’s “Come Together virtual music festival. The benefit concert is celebrating World Mental Health Day. It begins at 8 p.m. ET on Relix’s YouTube channel. The show benefits affiliates of National Alliance on Mental Illness; donations can be made here.

Oct. 9.: Charli XCX will be performing her album How I’m Feeling Now for the first time in a livestream concert on TIDAL and the Venues app. “It’s been so strange not being able to perform this body of work yet, so I’m really excited to be able to bring how I’m feeling now to life with TIDAL,” she said in a statement. “It’s gonna be super cute, I can’t wait.” The show begins at 9 p.m. ET. Register to watch the show on Oculus’ website.

All Time Low is performing the entirety of Wake Up, Sunshine in a livestream show that was taped in July. The set kicks off their Basement Noise Concert Series, which will include four other shows, with the band members each curating one set: Oct. 23 will be Rian’s; Nov. 13 Zack’s; Dec. 4 Alex’s; and Dec. 18 Jack’s. Tickets go on sale Sept. 30 on the band’s website.

Rufus Wainwright is doing a virtual livestream tour of his nine studio albums in chronological order. The first show will feature the artist performing from his self-titled debut, and begins at 5 p.m. ET. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the show. Check out Veeps.com for tickets and the rest of the show dates.

Dave Koz is celebrating the release of his new album, A New Day, with a livestream event. He’ll be performing new songs as well as hits from his Southern California studio, premiere a new video, and answer fan questions. The event begins at 7 p.m. ET on LoopedLive.com. Tickets are $15; a portion of the proceeds will benefit MusiCare’s COVID-19 relief efforts.

Scarypoolparty is livestreaming a set from L.A.’s The Roxy. He’ll be playing the entirety of Exit Form and Doom Hologram for the first time. Tickets begin at $10.

Niki will be doing a livestream performance titled “Moonchild Experience,” an event that will fuse surrealism, immersive storytelling and music. The set begins at 10 p.m. ET on YouTube.

Oct. 9-11: Hanson are kicking off their first livestream concert series in October from Cain’s Ballroom to help promote and support independent music venues. The pop-rock trio will be doing three shows each month through January, with each month featuring a new theme. October’s will celebrate the 15th anniversary of Hanson’s The Best of Hanson, Live and Electric. Members of the Hanson.net community will also have the chance to snag a very limited number of in-person tickets; social distancing guidelines will be followed. Tickets for the October dates are on sale now; for more information and all show dates, visit Hanson.net.

Oct. 10: Rod Stewart, Sam Smith, Usher and more will participate in the Carousel of Hope charity ball, which is going virtual this year. The event begins at 9 p.m. ET and will stream on YouTube; reserve your spot at CarouselOfHope.org.

The Verve Pipe are playing a ticketed livestream show featuring some of their hits, including “The Freshmen,” as well as debut new music. “This will be a live stream like no other; an inside look at the band’s creative process,” frontman Brian Vander Ark said in a statement. “In addition to playing the favorites and telling some of the stories behind them, I’ll be introducing two new songs to the band for the first time, and we’ll work them out live in front of the virtual audience.” The set begins at 8 p.m. ET; tickets can be purchased here.

Industrial supergroup Pigface is helping support local concert venues with its “Everywhere All At Once” livestream. The set to be featured was filmed Nov. 30, 2019, at Thalia Hall in Louisville, Ky. Before the show begins streaming, there will be a Q&A session with the band, special guest performances, and an auction featuring rare Pigface merch. The event begins at 7 p.m. ET; tickets start at $15. Half of the proceeds will benefit venues; there are currently 65 venues participating.

Rage will be performing a live show from a church in Essen, Germany, which will be streamed. The show begins at 3:30 p.m. ET; tickets are 10 Euros.

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Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ Video Hits 1 Billion YouTube Views

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Whitney Houston’s 1992 hit “I Will Always Love You” has hit the 1 billion views milestone on YouTube.

The accomplishment marks the first solo artist entry from the 1990s to join YouTube’s “billion views club.” Others to cross the mark are from groups, including Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and The Cranberries’ “Zombie.”

Originally written by Dolly Parton in 1973, “I Will Always Love You” skyrocketed in popularity when Houston recorded her version for the film The Bodyguard. Re-watch the clip another billion times below.

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Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ Video Hits 1 Billion YouTube Views

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Whitney Houston’s 1992 hit “I Will Always Love You” has hit the 1 billion views milestone on YouTube.

The accomplishment marks the first solo artist entry from the 1990s to join YouTube’s “billion views club.” Others to cross the mark are from groups, including Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and The Cranberries’ “Zombie.”

Originally written by Dolly Parton in 1973, “I Will Always Love You” skyrocketed in popularity when Houston recorded her version for the film The Bodyguard. Re-watch the clip another billion times below.

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BTS’ ‘Dynamite’ Holds Atop Billboard Global Charts, Justin Bieber & Benny Blanco and LiSA New to Top 10

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BTS’ “Dynamite” holds at No. 1 on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts.

Plus, Justin Bieber and benny blanco’s “Lonely” debuts in the top 10 on both tallies, while Japan’s LiSA soars to the region on both rankings with “Homura.”

The two charts (the latest of which are dated Oct. 31) premiered last month and rank songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The Billboard Global 200 is inclusive of worldwide data and the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart comprises data from territories excluding the U.S.

Chart rankings are based on a weighted formula incorporating official-only streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of audio and video music services, as well as download sales, the latter of which reflect purchases from full-service digital music retailers from around the world, with sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites excluded from the charts’ calculations.

‘Dynamite’ Tops Global 200, ‘Lonely’ Launches at No. 5, ‘Homura’ Flies to No. 8

“Dynamite” by South Korea’s BTS adds a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 chart. The track reigns with 74.8 million streams (up 1% from a week earlier), the week’s top total, and 24,000 downloads sold (up 20%) globally in the week ending Oct. 22.

The next three songs on the Global 200 hold in place: 24kGoldn’s “Mood,” featuring iann dior, at No. 2, its peak to date; Cardi B’s “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, at No. 3, after three weeks at No. 1; and Internet Money and Gunna’s “Lemonade,” featuring Don Toliver and NAV, at its No. 4 high.

Justin Bieber and benny blanco’s “Lonely” bounds onto the Global 200 at No. 5 with 50.1 million streams and 25,000 downloads sold worldwide in its first week, following its Oct. 16 release.

Elsewhere in the Global 200’s top 10, “Homura” by Japan’s LiSA vaults from No. 62 to No. 8 following its first full week of availability, with 19.4 million streams and 97,000 downloads sold globally, the latter sum the best in the week ending Oct. 22, as well as the best for any title in a week since the chart launched.

“Homura” was released Oct. 14, two days ahead of the premiere of the anime film, and instant box office hit, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, for which it serves as the theme song.

‘Dynamite’ No. 1 on Global Excl. U.S. Chart, ‘Homura’ No. 2

BTS’ “Dynamite” rules the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart for a fifth collective week, with 63.5 million streams (up 2% from a week earlier) and 15,000 global downloads sold (up 25%) in territories outside the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 22.

Since the Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S. charts originated with the tallies dated Sept. 19, “Dynamite” is the only song to have led them simultaneously: this week, last week and first on the Oct. 3-dated surveys.

LiSA’s “Homura” leaps 21-2 on the Global Excl. U.S. chart, with almost all its activity, as noted above, outside the U.S.

24kGoldn’s “Mood,” dips to No. 3 from its No. 2 Global Excl. U.S. high; Maluma’s former one-week No. 1 “Hawái” repeats at No. 4; and Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo’s “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” slides from its No. 3 peak to No. 5.

Plus, Justin Bieber and benny blanco’s “Lonely” enters the Global Excl. U.S. chart at No. 8.

The Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts (dated Oct. 31) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Oct. 27). For both charts, the top 100 titles are available to all readers on Billboard.com, while the complete 200-title rankings are visible on Billboard Pro, Billboard’s subscription-based service. For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

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