When DJ D-Nice decided to start playing music live on Instagram amid countless closures due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was partly to ease his loneliness and boredom given his own gigs had dried up.
At first, the audience for his hourslong sets was no more than a few hundred, mainly friends. But then word spread, and it grew to a few thousand. Then tens of thousands. Then celebrities like Janet Jackson and Jimmy Fallon started showing up.
“By day four, which was Friday, it just took on a life of its own, you know, where Drake popped in,” D-Nice said. “Everyone’s in it like, ‘Whoa, what’s happening here?’ And then it just started to build and it was building.”
D-Nice, whose real name is Derrick Jones, says he’s been overwhelmed by the response.
“I’ve been in the music industry for a long time, but this was a different kind of experience where it was more global than just like even making records, like the impact that it’s had on people just through playing great music and allowing people to feel good feeling connected during this time where we are all so separated [and] isolated,” D-Nice said.
Warner Bros. on Tuesday delayed the summer release of “Wonder Woman 1984” and removed the adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights” from its schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With much of Hollywood’s spring release calendar already vacated due to the virus, major summer movies are also increasingly reshuffling. “Wonder Woman 1984,” the sequel to 2017’s “Wonder Woman,” will now hit theaters on Aug. 14 instead of June 5.
“In the Heights,” directed by “Crazy Rich Asians”
filmmaker Jon M. Chu, had been slated for June 26 but now isn’t dated for release. Miranda said the score was being recorded when post-production work slowed due to the outbreak.
The studio also took several other films off its release schedule including the “Scooby-Doo” movie “Scoob,”
previously planned for May 15, and the James Wan thriller “Malignant,” previously set for Aug. 14.