The Music Industry Isn't Done Yet, You Hold The Power

"We're in a crisis now."

As lockdowns slowly begin to ease, and the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel gets brighter, the sheer impact of the pandemic is becoming increasingly evident. Strict government restrictions have resulted in record job losses and business closures, seeing entire industries reach the brink of collapse – including music and the arts.

We spoke to Poppy Reid, the Managing Editor of Rolling Stone Magazine on the most recent episode of It’s Been A Day For… about how COVID-19 has impacted the music industry, what the future of music might look like, and how we can keep supporting local bands and businesses through these challenging times. LISTEN BELOW:

“I think the music industry has been hit incredibly hard,” Reid said. “Just from a publishing perspective at BRAG Media…we actually lost $1 million in the first three days of it hitting.”

Reid acknowledged that while the big music conglomerates will likely survive the economic impact of the pandemic, music fans and their favourite artists have been left high and dry. More than anything, she takes issue with the lack of government support the music industry has received. 

“Early this year, we had the bushfire crisis and then flooding – Australia had a terrible run. The music industry was really there to support them. The entertainment industry as a whole raised tens of millions of dollars for the firies,” she said. “Then, when it came our turn, we’re in a crisis now and we need a government bailout, they gave us $27 million for the arts, and $10 million of that went to Support Act, the music industry charity.” 

It might sound like a lot of money, but Reid said, “putting into perspective how little that is, in 2018, the live music sector contributed $2.2 billion in ticket sales to the Australian economy.” 

In terms of how the music industry has adapted to the fallout of COVID-19, Reid said things like socially-distanced and drive-in live shows are a start, but platforms like TikTok have had a significant impact on music streams. Quoting social media personality Gary Vaynerchuk, Reid said, “a viral challenge using a snippet of a song will outperform a $400 million media campaign.” 

During our chat with Reid, we also spoke about the importance of diversity in the industry, inspiring women working in music, fan culture, and why launching a music publication amidst the pandemic is actually fulfilling a growing need for authentic and tangible content. 

In terms of how we can support the live music industry as lockdowns are still lifting, Reid said, “if there’s a concert coming up, buy the ticket now…and get on the merch train.”

Poppy’s passion for the music industry and supporting all the amazing and talented people who are part of it is inspiring to say the least. Together we can support them as we continue the long road out of these unprecedented times.

Looking Back, ‘Never Been Kissed’ Was Actually A Really Messed Up Film

Iconic, but incredibly problematic.

Everyone knows those iconic films that you can rewatch time and time again and never get sick of. However, there are just as many flicks that – when you watch them in hindsight – are actually pretty messed up. Case in point: the 1999 rom-com Never Been Kissed.

If you haven’t seen the film, go and watch it immediately – stuck in isolation, you really have no excuses. If you have seen it, you’ll fondly remember it stars Drew Barrymore as Josie Geller, a 25-year-old journo who has never had a real relationship.

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When she’s assigned to do an undercover report about the real lives of highschool students, things get interesting. Josie finds herself suffering the same kind of bullying she endured when she was at school and has a number of humiliating encounters with the ‘cool kids.’

During Josie’s time posing as an undercover high school student, she develops a crush on her English teacher, Sam Coulson played by Michael Vartan. Spoiler alert: Josie’s blows her cover at the high school prom, writes her story, and invites Mr. Coulson to come and kiss her in the middle of the school’s baseball field. He comes, he kisses her, the entire city says “awwww” and everyone lives happily ever after.

However, looking back, there are some seriously problematic aspects to this late ‘90s classic. Hot English teacher Mr. Coulson not only insists the students call him by his first name, but later on he rides the Ferris Wheel with Josie so she doesn’t have to be alone. On the ride, he tells her he’s having relationship problems with his girlfriend, and in one final, incredibly inappropriate flourish tells her “when you’re my age, guys will be lined up around the block for you.”

Remember: he still thinks she’s a 17-year-old high school student at this point. Yep, very weird.

If that wasn’t creepy enough, when the jig is up and Josie reveals her true age, Mr. Coulson tells her, “I just can’t look at you the same way.” Did he wish she was still 17? Alarm bells are going off left, right and centre. 

The fact that Mr. Coulson meets Josie in the middle of the baseball field to kiss her at the end of the movie doesn’t help his overall creepy vibe, either. By meeting her there he’s essentially admitting that yes, he was attracted to a student. Yikes.

Never Been Kissed is one of the best movies from the golden age of cheesy romantic comedies, but hindsight really is 20/20 in 2020.

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Chris Evans’ Crippling Anxiety Almost Lost Him His ‘Captain America’ Role

"You made this bed, sleep in it."

In recent years, the importance of mental health – and particularly, struggles associated with anxiety and depression – has become the topic of widespread conversation. These struggles aren’t just affecting us mere mortals either, they also impact the lives of high profile celebrities. Just take it from Chris Evans, who has revealed his anxiety almost lost him his lead role in Captain America. 

In a recent interview on the Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, Evans said he started dealing with anxiety when Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer was released in 2007. Unfortunately, Evans’ struggles continued when he started having “mini panic attacks on set” when he was filming the 2010 film Puncture.  

Credit: 20th Century Fox

“I really started to think, ‘I’m not sure if I’m feeling as healthy as I should be feeling,’” he explained.

Things only got worse for Evans when he was offered the chance to play Captain America. Fearful of what the increase in fame would do to his already-present anxiety, he initially said no, acknowledging that “my suffering would be my own.”

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In a 2019 interview with Men’s Health, Evans said, “[Captain America] was a big commitment. If the movie hits, your life noticeably changes. If someone in your family is in the hospital, and you’re going in and out and people are taking pictures of you and you complain, it’s too bad. You made this bed, sleep in it.”

“Maybe the thing you’re most scared of is actually the thing you should do,” he added.

Luckily, Kevin Feige and the team at Marvel simply wouldn’t take no for an answer and actually offered Evans the role outright – no audition or test. The actor consulted “an agent, therapist, and trusted friends and family,” who insisted he think twice about declining the role, and pushed him not to base his decision on fear.

“It was the best decision I’ve ever made, and I really owe that to Kevin Feige for being persistent and helping me avoid making a giant mistake,” he said. “To be honest, all the things that I was fearing never really came to fruition.”

It also helped that Evans had new co-stars who could closely relate to his struggles. “It was nice having Chris Hemsworth around because he was going through it, too.”

“Hemsworth and I were very new and we also had the stand-alones and so I think we shared in our anxiety, and at least that made it a little bit more comforting,” he added.

The fact that Evans is so open and honest about his struggles with anxiety is inspiring to other people going through the same thing. It’s so important we keep this conversation going and reach out to the people in our support system for help.

If you, or anyone you know is experiencing mental health struggles, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue for support.

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