Queen and Eagle Rock Entertainment have partnered with The Mercury Phoenix Trust to present a Special YouTube Premiere Screening of The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in support of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization.
This Friday, May 15th the Official Queen YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/queen) will be premiering a special stream of the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert as part of the ongoing fight with COVID-19, with all donations supporting the World Health Organisation. Google.org is matching $2 for every $1 donated. This ongoing Google/YouTube UN Foundation campaign fundraiser is running through June 30, 2020. The concert will be available for 48 hours only.
Click HERE to watch on Friday at 7pm (BST) / 2pm (EST) / 11am (PST)
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness took place on Easter Monday, 20th April 1992 at Wembley Stadium in front of a 72,000 sold-out crowd and global broadcast audience of over one billion. The concert was a tribute to Queen’s lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS on 24 November 1991. Queen’s remaining members Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon were joined on stage by many of the biggest acts in the world including David Bowie, George Michael, Annie Lennox, Elton John, Guns N’ Roses, Robert Plant, Metallica, Liza Minelli, Def Leppard, Seal, Roger Daltrey and many more. The concert was to be the last large scale live event John Deacon performed with Queen.
The profits from the concert were used to launch The Mercury Phoenix Trust. The trust is a core part of Queen and Freddie’s legacy and has gone on to provide in excess of £17m to over 1000 projects in 57 countries in the ongoing fight against AIDS worldwide – www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com
The event raised over $15,000 for the Bookseller Industry Charitable Foundation. If you would like to contribute to this great organization you can do so HERE.
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Stephen King said he would be signing 12 cartons of books that would be sent out to independent bookstores to help them survive during this pandemic. No word on availability but I will update if I find out more information.
King is currently writing a crime novel about a hired assassin plus he also has completed a medium length novel that might be released in 2021, perhaps as a paperback original. The author described the book as a suspense story with a supernatural twist.
All aboard for the Yellow Submarine YouTube Dress-Up Sing-A-Long Watch Party!
This Saturday, April 25th at 9am PDT (12pm EDT/5pm BST) you can join the Beatles’ celebration of love, music, and surfacing from strange seas into a beautiful world free of the Blue Meanies!
Dress-up as your favorite character from the film and escape to a place where, for a little while, nothing is real. Please share photos and videos of you singing along in your costumes at home and tag them #YellowSubLive. Following the film, images and videos will be shared on Instagram Stories in the Yellow Submarine Sing-A-Long After-Party.
You can set a reminder on the Youtube Watch Page HERE.
In 2020, 8 out of 10 18 to 49-year-olds will watch YouTube in an average month. According to Google, by 2025 half of viewers under the age of 32 will no longer subscribe to a pay TV service. Now more than ever, YouTube is the go-to destination for video content for both millennials and those older. One burgeoning corner of the YouTube space is in music channels. Some channels create interesting music reviews, whilst others delve into the technical details of music-making. Some even focus on playing classic songs from a single genre of music.
Below are some of the absolute best music channels on YouTube that you need to be following in 2020.
The Needle Drop
Anthony Fantano has been the self-confessed internet’s biggest music nerd for years now. Despite his lengthy innings, the music reviewer shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Anthony always reviews recent music releases in pop, hip-hop, experimental, techno and other genres. He rates every album out of 10, but it’s his in-depth opinions across his reviews that keep his subscribers coming back. In 2020 this has been no different, and if you don’t yet follow Fantano on YouTube its as good a time as any to start doing so.
Amoeba is one of the most famous independent music stores in America. But for those who can’t make it there any time soon, you’re in luck! Amoeba runs a YouTube channel where they invite music celebrities into their store to buy anything they like. They are then interviewed in a “What’s in Your Bag” style, explaining why they chose the music they did. Amoeba’s channel is an excellent way to get new music recommendations from people working in the industry. They have a diverse set of celebrities who they’ve interview also, from Slick Rick to Le Butcherettes. This means there’s likely something for everyone’s tastes on their channel.
Mr Suicide Sheep
If you’re in the mood for electronic music, the MrSuicideSheep channel has something for you. With over 12 million subscribers, it’s one of the most popular YouTube channels for an independent label. And with good reason. In addition to their music videos, they manage a 24/7 stream of chill-out music. The channel has been going for 10 years and yet somehow manages to be the best its ever been. If you’re in the mood to chill out and listen to some hard to find electronic music, we can’t recommend them enough.
Polyphonic produces video essays on music through their YouTube channel. If you’re interested in the video essay format, there are few better music-related channels on YouTube in 2020. Some of their recent output includes in-depth looks at how artists like Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar shaped the 2010s. They also take the time to analyze specific songs like Feel Good Inc and White Rabbit. For anyone who wants to delve just a little deeper into the world of music, Polyphonic’s essays are both engaging and informative. They also update their channel regularly, with new videos usually uploaded every 2nd Thursday.
Oliver’s YouTube channel is dedicated to music, for music lovers. His channel is dedicated to giving reviews and recommendations on new music for those hoping to expand their horizons. A popular Deep Cuts video recently was their piece on “How to find new music”. The channel also looks to recommend artists from specific genres, such as AFROBEAT or MATHCORE. Though they aren’t as regular YouTube producers as some others on this list, Deep Cuts is well worth a follow for when they do post new videos.
Vox isn’t specifically a music channel as they create content in a variety of other mediums. But their music content is so good that they have to be included on this list. They create video-essay style videos similar to Polyphonic, but on more out-there topics. For example, they analyzed how a single chord is used to create ambiance in Christmas songs. They also looked at the origins of the infamous “Parental Advisory” sticker and how it was rooted in heavy metal music. Its a shame they are not solely dedicated to music videos, but when a new Earworm Vox video comes out you know that its a must-watch. Another channel that isn’t just concerned with music essays but does create interesting ones occasionally is Nerdwriter1. For their slightly longer videos, we recommend figuring out how to download YouTube videos on Mac. Then you can watch them at any time, even without the internet.
Resident Advisory is an online music magazine and platform that recently created its own YouTube channel. They are the experts in electronic music with their channel being no exception. They create a “Real Scenes” series which targets specific locations across the world and reports on the music scene there. For a taste of their more analytical videos, you should seek out their video on Burial’s Untrue album. For anyone interested in DJing and electronic music, RA is a vital creator in the medium right now.
Similar to MrSuicideSheep (YouTube music channels love animals), Chilled Cow is a YouTube music station dedicated to discovering and sharing new music. They specialize in sharing chilled out tunes that you can either relax or study to. They have managed their “lo-fi hip hop radio” live stream for years. It’s now one of the most popular live stream YouTube music videos on the platform, and rightfully so. If you need to play music that can help you to concentrate, particularly students revising for exams, this stream is perfect. In 2020, Chilled Cow shows no signs of slowing down and is still the ideal channel for chilled out music on YouTube.
The Are So Many More…
The above are just some of the best music channels on YouTube. There are more music channels on YouTube now than ever before as the platform continues to expand. This includes many others we’ve been unable to fit onto this list like Dead End Hip-hop, Adam Neely and Sideways. The YouTube space continues to change at a rapid rate, so there will likely be even more channels launching later in the year.
YouTube announced Thursday that Cobra Kai will return for a third season and will no longer require a paid subscription to watch.
For those that want to catch up on the first two seasons of the half-hour martial arts dramedy, there is great news on the horizon…For two weeks, from August 29 to September 11, YouTube will make all of Cobra Kai season 1 available for free. Then on September 11, YouTube will serve up the second season of Cobra Kai for free, with new episodes released weekly.
Cobra Kai season 3 will happen in 2020 but not premiere date has been announced.
YouTube today, in collaboration with ESPN 30 for 30, dropped an all new special, Daniel LaRusso vs. Johnny Lawrence, which revisits the 1984 Under Eighteen All Valley Karate Tournament where the world witnessed one of the most epic rivalries in all of sports history – Daniel LaRusso vs. Johnny Lawrence.
Over 35 years later, the controversial match between the Miyagi-Do and Cobra Kai adversaries continues to create a rift among fans, athletes, historians and sports insiders, raising questions – Who really should have won? Was the Crane Kick legal? And most importantly, who would win in a rematch?
Watch Daniel LaRusso (1984 All Valley Karate Tournament Champion/Miyagi-Do Sensei), Johnny Lawrence (1982-83 All Valley Karate Tournament Champion/Cobra Kai Sensei), John Kreese (Original Cobra Kai Founder), Miguel Diaz (Cobra Kai Student and 2018 All Valley 50th Anniversary Karate Tournament Champion), Samantha LaRusso(Miyagi-Do Student), Ryan Smith (ESPN), Nicole Briscoe (ESPN), Steve Levy (ESPN), Randy Scott (ESPN), Chris Cotter (ESPN), Raymond (Johnny Lawrence Superfan), and Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald and Hayden Schlossberg (All Valley Karate Tournament Historians) as they weigh in on what is considered “the David and Goliath” story of children’s karate.
Fans can revisit the continued rivalry starting April 24, 2019 when Season 2 of the critically-acclaimed Youtube Original series Cobra Kai, premieres on Youtube Premium.
Season 2 brings fans back into the action with Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) after the shocking Season 1 cliffhanger featuring the return of John Kreese (Martin Kove). When a new rivalry between opposing dojos is born in the aftermath of Cobra Kai’s controversial win at the All Valley Championships, Daniel realizes his next countermove is to open his own karate training school called Miyagi-Do, in honor of his mentor Mr. Miyagi. What was once a personal feud between Daniel and Johnny escalates beyond their differences to engulf their students, who as teenagers, are already challenged to figure out who they are and who they want to be. Which path will they follow – Cobra Kai or Miyagi-Do?
Cobra Kai is written and executive produced by Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine), and Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar, American Reunion). Together, the trio conceived the new Karate Kid storyline that picks-up decades after the original film ends. Heald, Hurwitz and Schlossberg will direct much of the series. Susan Ekins also executive produces. Will Smith, James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett executive produced for Overbrook Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television Studios.
After the big karate tournament, Johnny has a score to settle with his students. They’re starting from the beginning and his students now have to decide which cobra they want to be. Don’t miss the new season of Cobra Kai coming April 24
Weird City is an upcoming YouTube Originals series by Jordan Peele and Charlie Sanders, that takes a satirical look at the current way we live now through the prism of the “not-to-distant future”. In this particular future exists a society which there are only two classes of people, “Above the Line” and “Below the Line” and no one in the middle. Featured in this series are Sara Gilbert, Dylan O’Brien, Laverne Cox, Michael Cera, Ed O’Neill and LeVar Burton.
The story is told as an anthology, with a common thread that connects each episode. The series premieres on February 13, 2019 and will be available on demand through YouTube.
YouTube Originals has released a brand new trailer for their upcoming action comedy series Wayne, which is created by Deadpool writers Rheese Rees and Paul Wernick. The video gives us a glimpse of the difficult and violent adventure that our titular anti-hero will have to go through together with the help of his girlfriend Del. All episodes of the series will debut on January 16, 2019 on YouTube Premium.
In this gritty and sometimes bloody tale, fifteen year-old Wayne sets out on a dirt bike with his new crush Del to take back the 1978 Pontiac Trans Am that was stolen from his father before he died. It is Wayne and Del against the world. It will star Mark McKenna (Sing Street, Kat and Alfie: Redwater) as the titular character and Ciara Bravo (Big Time Rush, Red Band Society) as “Del.” Joshua J. Williams (Mudbound) will also recur as “Orlando.”
The 10 episode series is written and created by Shawn Simmons. The series is executive produced by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Deadpool, Zombieland), Greg Coolidge (Ride Along) and Kirk Ward. Iain B. MacDonald (Episodes, I’m Dying Up Here, Shameless) directed the pilot. The series hails from Endeavor Content.