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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.


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