From Justin Bieber to Haim: how seven top artists made video clips in lockdown


One set up a home green screen. Another taught herself animation. Not even pandemic-enforced isolation can stop some people creating

New Zealand band The Beths are getting ready to release their second album in June. It’s kind of a weird time to do it. “It’s pretty strange, it feels a bit like releasing out into the void,” says vocalist Elizabeth Stokes. “In the old reality we would have been touring right now.”

Album releases and tours normally go hand in hand, with good reason – musicians make the bulk of their income from live shows and just a trickle from music sales or streaming. With gigs and festivals unlikely to return any time soon, most artists who were far enough out to pump the brakes are delaying their albums until 2021.

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