Have you been wondering what your favorite musicians are up to during this quarantine? Well, we asked them for you.
During Billboard podcasts, video interviews, feature stories and Live At-Home concerts, artists from Dua Lipa to Maluma let us in on their home lives and gave us some much-needed words of encouragement.
Read up on their routines and advice below.
“I think it’s taught me at least that we don’t need to live life so fast. For me, it was always like, ‘OK, what’s next? Where do I have to go? Where am I traveling to? What show is coming up? What do I have to rehearse for?’ All that kind of stuff. And this has really taught me that things maybe aren’t as urgent as they seem and that we can create really meaningful, special moments as well from home.”
“We’re probably like, ‘Well, what about my timeline? What about what was supposed to happen right now? What about the aftermath?’ … I want to encourage you to know that if God gave you a promise, then it’s going to happen.”
“What this thing has done is it really allows us all to really look at each other in the mirror and it exposes how human we are and how empathetic we are to others who live on this earth too. To all those people who are just dying to go out and climb a tree or get a haircut or get a tattoo, please consider other people. And consider the fact that there are other people on this earth living that are affected by your actions. See, this is the moment, ladies and gentlemen, where you have to understand that what we do actually affects or could potentially affect people that you don’t know.”
“Every time I wake up, [my mom] says, ‘Hello, son. How are you feeling this morning? What do you want for breakfast?’ I feel like I’m at Hotel Mama.”
“It’s like a roller coaster where there’s days, where you feel pretty good and you’re like, ‘I can do this. I’m going to figure this out when we get out of this…’ And then there’s other moments in quarantine where I think we’re all like, ‘Holy hell, this is unlike anything I’ve ever done in my life.'”
“My heart goes out to anybody negatively affected by what’s going on, but it’s really been more of a blessing in disguise to me. I have more time with my family. I have time to do more things creatively that I ain’t really had time before. So I’ve really been enjoying it, probably a lot more than a lot of other people have.”
“The other day, I was in the bathtub with a very insane face mask on, and Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino FaceTimed me. We were trying to encourage each other to keep working. Today, putting out the song ‘Over Yet’ helped me tremendously, because it gives me something to focus energy into, versus watching Succession again. Each song is a catalyst for more conversation and connection, which we’re all desperate for right now.”
“We’ve been getting dinner every night from UberEats and getting groceries on delivery services, getting caught up on Netflix. [Husband] Tom [Overby] and I are quite behind because we were always touring, so we watched the rest of Peaky Blinders and then the rest of Mindhunter. … We’re so behind, we’re watching stuff everybody else has already seen. We did watch the new one, with the tiger guy.”
“Everything’s been so crazy. You can feel the anxiety because everyone’s like, ‘What’s going to happen next?’ But we just all got to take it down.”
“Definitely still working out, I’m just cooling with my son, a lot of family time, a lot of time interacting with the fans and stuff like that. I got a studio in my backyard, so I’m able to record features and do things for other artists as well. So I’m still working, still maintaining pretty much just the same sh–, just staying away from people.”