Elton John, James Corden Hosting TV Benefits for COVID-19 Victims, First Responders

By Christine Zosche 

Fox and iHeartMedia are teaming up for a musical benefit on Sunday night hosted by Elton John to raise money for COVID-19 victims and first responders. The event will feature at-home performances from Alicia Keys, the Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey and Tim McGraw. The artists will use their personal cell phones, cameras and audio equipment during the broadcast. (Adweek)

James Corden will present Homefest: James Corden’s Late Late Show Special at 10 p.m. March 30 on CBS. The hour will feature Corden hosting from his garage and will feature musical performances by BTS in South Korea, Andrea Bocelli in Italy, Dua Lipa in London and Eilish with Finneas and John Legend in Los Angeles—all from the safety of their own homes. (THR / Live Feed)

Additionally, Spotify is giving back with a series of relief efforts. (Adweek)

The company plans not only to donate to relief organizations to support the creative community—beginning with MusiCares, PRS Foundation and Help Musicians—but to match donations made via its website dollar-for-dollar, up to a total Spotify contribution of $10 million (which, combined with the matched donations, would equal $20 million). (Variety)

And Verizon is doing its part to keep people entertained as they practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, kicking off weekly 30-minute concert series Pay It Forward Live on its Twitter account and via Yahoo Entertainment. (Adweek)