With concerts all around the world getting cancelled because of the COVID-19 outbreak, music fans have been left wondering when's the next time they would be able to hear their favourite singers live.
Jam Hsiao had a very novel solution to this problem. The Taiwanese singer partnered up with online platform Kuaishou to hold his first-ever live stream concert. Although there were no fancy props, outfits or stage lights, the gig raised NT$2.18mil (S$100,000), which will go into a fund that's been specially set up to support medical personnel.
The show, which was streamed online for free on February 26, saw Jam performing nine songs. Prior to going live, the broadcaster shared that they would donate NT$0.10 for every six likes they got on the stream. At the end of the stream, there were close to 30 million likes.
There was also a special surprise when Jam, who was performing in the comfort of his studio in Taiwan, made a live call to a hospital in Hubei. He thanked the doctors for their tireless work, and sang ‘Take Care’ for the first time. The song was released as a collaboration between the singer, Nicholas Tse and TFBOYS’ Karry Wang in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
After the broadcast, Jam’s manager shared that the 32-year-old singer agreed to doing the concert at short notice as he thought it would be a good way to send positive energy to those on the frontlines of the battle against the coronavirus.
In related news, a fan of Jam posted on Weibo that she and her colleagues, who presumably work in a hospital, have been discussing what they want to do after the COVID-19 outbreak dies down. They concluded that they hope to watch Jam in concert, and the singer somehow found her post. He personally commented on it to convey his thanks to her. "Please look after yourself!" he wrote. "Let me know what songs you want to hear, and I'll sing them for you. Jiayou!"