Sean Paul Joins Dua Lipa, Chris Martin and more for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Cover Of Foo Fighter’s ‘Times Like These’ To Benefit COVID-19 Charities

Today, Sean Paul has taken part in BBC Radio 1’s biggest and most ambitious Live Lounge, in support of the global effort to stay safe and stay home during the coronavirus crisis.

The BBC Radio 1 Stay Home Live Lounge performance features Sean Paul, alongside some of the music industry’s biggest stars collaborating on an emotionally-charged cover of Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These” to raise money for those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Recorded and filmed by artists from their own homes, and produced by Ivor Novello and GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Fraser T. Smith (Adele, Stormzy, Sam Smith), the performance was broadcast across Radio 1, Radio 2, 1Xtra, 6Music and Asian Network, as well as on demand on BBC Sounds, the accompanying video premiered The Big Night In on BBC One and is available to watch on Radio 1’s iPlayer and YouTube channels. Check it out HERE.

The BBC has also released the song as a single, with UK net profits to be combined with any funds raised by The Big Night In. These funds will be split equally between BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief to provide essential support to vulnerable people of all ages and backgrounds across the UK who will be significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. International net profits will go towards the WHO’s COVID-19-Solidarity Response Fund. Listen to it HERE.

Artists featured on this special track in alphabetical order include, 5 Seconds of Summer, AJ Tracey, Anne-Marie, Bastille, Biffy Clyro, Celeste, Coldplay’s Chris Martin,  Dermot Kennedy, Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding, Grace Carter, Hailee Steinfeld, Jess Glynne, Mabel, Paloma Faith, Rag’n’Bone Man, Rita Ora, Royal Blood, Sam Fender, Sean Paul, Sigrid, YUNGBLUD and Zara Larsson.

Speaking about his involvement, Sean Paul reveals, “It is such an unprecedented time on earth right now that we all have to come together to help each other.  All of the artists in this song are probably very comfortably quarantined in our homes, I just can’t imagine what it’s like for the less fortunate who are struggling at this time. I hope the song gives hope to people who are in the midst of lock down in more difficult mental and physical situations. It’s in sad times that we must pull together!”

The track’s producer, Fraser T Smith adds “It’s humbling to have been asked to produce this amazing single, taking the Foo Fighters’ classic, ‘Times Like These’, with the Radio 1 Live Lounge team and the incredible collective of artists who have come together to record whilst in isolation. Our vision was to create a stay at home version using phones, pots, pans and acoustic guitars that would honour the brilliance and honesty of the artists and song, rather than the trickery of an expensive recording studio. We tried to make this single in a totally different way artistically, relevant to today. The lyrics particularly resonate with us all at this challenging time, and I sincerely hope that money raised can help the plight of the unified battle against COVID-19 around the world.”

And from Chris Price, the Head of Music for Radio 1, “Thank you to Fraser T Smith, Foo Fighters and every single artist who threw their energies into this extraordinary collaboration. ‘Times Like These: BBC Radio 1 Stay Home Live Lounge’ sends a simple message to the world: that the power of music and human creativity can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to build a sense of community, togetherness and determination, even when we are forced apart.”

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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