Lady Gaga Organizes “One World: Together At Home” Virtual Concert Special For Covid-19 Relief

“From taking time to wash our hands, to staying at home, to calling on governments, big business and billionaires to step up, it’s on all of us to take action.”

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Right now, the world should be listening to Chromatica, the sixth-studio album from pop icon Lady Gaga, however, due to the recent coronavirus pandemic Gaga, along with other mainstream artists who were gearing up for their own album launches, has postponed the release date. Originally the album was going to drop on Friday, April 10th, and now the new release date is to be determined. In her social media posts announcing the delay, Gaga said it just “didn’t feel right” to release the body of work during a global pandemic, especially when she could be focusing her attention on much larger issues, which is exactly what she’s been doing. 

A number of other A-lister albums have also been delayed due to covid-19 concerns, including Alicia by Alicia Keys which was originally going to be released in March and has now been delayed to drop May 15th. The 1975 originally delayed their album Notes on a Conditional Form to be released on April 24th as opposed to February 21st, but have since moved that date to May 22nd. Luke Bryan will release his new album Born Here, Live Here, Die Here, on August 17th instead of April 24th, and Sam Smith postponed the release of his album indefinitely and announced he would be renaming it as well; it was previously titled To Die For, which Smith believed to be inappropriate given the current circumstances. 

It’s been quite a divide within the music industry. Many artists, like the ones listed above, felt uncomfortable releasing and promoting a new album during a global pandemic, while others have tried to embrace this “new normal” for releasing music. For example, Charli XCX recently announced that she would be writing and producing an entire album with her boyfriend from their apartment while in quarantine. Charli took to social media to say that she wanted her fans who are also stuck at home to help create this album with her so that they can all create a beautiful body of work from all of this chaos.

“This is such a hectic and scary time for all of us, and while I believe art is one of the strongest things we have to provide joy and healing to each other during times like this, it just doesn’t feel right to me to release this album with everything going on during this global pandemic. Instead I prefer that we spend this time focusing on finding solutions,” wrote Lady Gaga on Instagram announcing her album’s delayed release.

Lady Gaga knew she wanted to delay her album from the beginning of this entire thing so that she could focus on relief efforts for Covid-19, as stated above. So far she’s gotten countless big-businesses to donate medical supplies to healthcare facilities around the country – including Tim Cook who she got to donate over one million masks – as well as organized an entire virtual festival in partnership with the World Health Organization and Global Citizen. 

Gaga has spent the last two weeks curating a virtual concert special that will be both televised and streamed this Saturday, April 18th. She was able to get artists such as Lizzo, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Billie Eilish, and so many more to perform for the event, as well as dozens of A-list actors from Hollywood to make special appearances; including Idris Elba, who was diagnosed last month with coronavirus. 

The special is called “One World: Together at Home” and will be a two-hour long concert event beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. And in a rare turn of events for prime time cable programming, the special will be televised across multiple networks including ABC, CBS, and NBC. Besides advocating for donations for relief efforts, the special will also focus on emphasizing social-distancing measures that many Americans are continuing to ignore.

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“From taking time to wash our hands, to staying at home, to calling on governments, big business and billionaires to step up, it’s on all of us to take action. Join us and we’ll follow up with actions you can take to increase your impact. The first step: stop the spread of the virus. That means keeping yourself and others safe by staying out of public as much as you can. Take the pledge: as a Global Citizen, I’m staying home!” [One World: Together at Home].

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If you don’t have a cable subscription, the show will also be streaming on services like Hulu, YouTubeTV, and Amazon Prime Video, as well as social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more! The virtual concert will also be view-able via music streaming platforms like Apple Music, as you can tell, the goal was to make this concert as accessible as possible so that all Americans can watch and really hear the message. 

In addition to the two-hour concert special, Global Citizen will also be hosting a six-hour pre-show that begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April. The pre-show won’t be televised on cable, but will be available on platforms like Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. The pre-show has a whole other list of famous actors and performers to make appearances, such as Jennifer Hudson, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Ben Platt. 

Late Night talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert will use their skills to host both the pre-show and concert itself on Saturday. The official concert line up was released alongside the host announcement and included new legendary performers such as Elton John, Celine Dion, and Paul McCartney. 

Obviously the entire concert is in support of Covid-19 relief, but more specifically Lady Gaga also wants to use the televised time to celebrate the hardworking healthcare professionals who are literally risking their lives by combating this pandemic every single day. The World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which supports “countries across the globe with necessary funds to help prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic,” will also be the main focus for donation. 

So far, Lady Gaga alone has helped raise over $35 million for coronavirus relief, so it’ll be exciting to see how much more the American people will unite this Saturday to help fight this virus. Hopefully, our collective efforts will lead us to a brighter tomorrow that we’ll all be able to see very soon.