Chris Martin is collaborating with various artists to cover Foo Fighters iconic track "Times Like These" for BBC's Stay at Home Live Lounge!
The Stay Home Live Lounge will be released at midday on Thursday 23 April and will see some of the music industry’s biggest stars collaborate on a cover of Foo Fighters’ Times Like These to raise money for charities, with the accompanying video to receive its world exclusive premiere during BBC One’s The Big Night In.
The artists taking part are (in alphabetical order):
- 5 Seconds of Summer
- AJ Tracey
- Biffy Clyro
- Chris Martin of Coldplay
- Dermot Kennedy
- Dua Lipa
- Ellie Goulding
- Grace Carter
- Hailee Steinfeld
- Jess Glynne
- Paloma Faith
- Rag’n’Bone Man
- Rita Ora
- Royal Blood
- Sam Fender
- Sean Paul
- Zara Larsson
The Stay Home Live Lounge will be recorded and filmed by artists from their own homes, and produced by Grammy and Ivor Novello award-winning producer Fraser T. Smith. Smith is renowned for his work with Stormzy, Adele, Dave and many more, and counts seven UK number one singles and 18 number one albums among his achievements.
The Stay Home Live Lounge will be broadcast for the first time across Radio 1, Radio 2, 1Xtra, 6Music and Asian Network from midday on Thursday 23 April as well as on demand on BBC Sounds. The accompanying video will be broadcast during The Big Night In on BBC One that evening and will be available to watch later on Radio 1’s iPlayer and YouTube channels.
The BBC will also release 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.
Fraser T Smith says: “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.”
All net profits from sales or downloads of the single within the UK will be donated to two charities. 50% of donations will be paid to Comic Relief which is the trading name of Charity Projects (registered charity in England and Wales, charity number 326568 and in Scotland, charity number SC039730) and 50% of donations will be paid to BBC Children in Need (registered charity in England and Wales, charity number 802052 and in Scotland, charity number SC039557). The Big Night In Appeal is a joint initiative between Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need.