While musicians are urging their fans to stay at home in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, they are keeping them entertained with various home concerts, collaborative projects and album releases. Here is a selection of four music news you might have missed this weekend.
- The Wire opens its archive for a week
The British avant-garde magazine has decided to open its online archive to non-subscribers for the entire week, giving access to the public to "more than 430 issues to while away the time."
"We're giving everyone one week's FREE access to our online archive containing every issue of The Wire ever published," the announcement tweet read.
We're giving everyone one week's FREE access to our online archive containing every issue of The Wire ever published. That's more than 430 issues to while away the time. https://t.co/VjkSaT10GX— The Wire Magazine (@thewiremagazine) March 21, 2020
To support us, buy 3 months access for £7.99. https://t.co/5xidPqTQjV #StayAtHome pic.twitter.com/xXtXfMn2kQ
The Wire made its entire back catalogue available to subscribers in 2013, with a three-month access to the archive dating back to the 1980s available all year round for €7.99 ($8.60).
- M.I.A. returns with the new song, "OHMNI 202091"
The British singer-songwriter celebrated the 15th anniversary of her debut "Arular" LP by releasing "OHMNI 202091" on her recently-launched Patreon page.
"Free music to get you the f**k up outta bed! Here's the beginning," M.I.A. tweeted to announce the release of her first new single since the 2016 "AIM" cut, "P.O.W.A."
https://t.co/e5tWBmKT89— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) March 22, 2020
Free music to get you the fuck up outta bed! Here's the beginning. New M.I.A. M.I.A W2020 4 COV19
The vocalist posted "OHMNI 202091" in front of the Patreon paywall, allowing non-patrons to check out the four-minute single.
M.I.A. launched her Patreon account this past January with the promise that fans would have access to "short films, clips and video diaries," unreleased footage from her MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A documentary, livestreams, Q&As and new music.
Subscription options currently range between $5 for the Arular tier and $10 for the Kala one.
At the time, the British musician also gave an update on the long-awaited follow-up to 2016's "AIM," confirming on social media that she is "still making music, putting out the 6th album which is nearly finished, on a normal label, same as the others."
- Quincy Jones appears in the new video for Travis Scott and Young Thug's "Out West"
The visual, co-directed by Scott and White Trash Tyler, finds the iconic multi-instrumentalist attending a house party that the two rappers are throwing.
Jones is seen navigating through the rager, during which Scott and Thug perform amidst a crowd of dancers and skateboarders.
The multi-Grammy winner eventually finds peace in the kitchen, where he washes his hands before indulging oneself with a crustless sandwich.
"7pm? @trvisXX who throws a party that early???...Anyway...not sure what I walked into, but thank-q for the sandwich," Jones tweeted to announce his cameo in the video for the latest cut off Scott's "JackBoys" compilation.
In addition to Thug, the seven-song LP features contributions from Rosalía, Quavo, Offset, the late rapper Pop Smoke.
- The Killers continue to preview their new album with a new visual for "Caution"
Although in self-isolation, the veteran rockers are gearing towards the release of their sixth studio album, "Imploding the Mirage," which is due on May 29.
In the meantime, The Killers unveiled the accompanying music video for "Caution," in which director Sing Lee chronicles a teenage romance.
The visual offers a first glimpse of a short film the Las Vegas band has made in conjunction with Lee for the release of "Imploding the Mirage," with the project coming at a yet-unknown date to Apple Music.
The Killers' Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. recently performed a live rendition of the Lindsey Buckingham-assisted single on Jimmy Kimmel's Instagram, as part of the TV host's daily "Quarantine Minilogue".
The musicians also encouraged viewers to donate to the USBG Foundation's Bartender Emergency Assistance Program, which looks after the stability and wellness of service industry professionals during the COVID-19 health crisis.