Dua Lipa, Coldplay and more unite for charity cover of Foo Fighters’ ‘Times Like These’

(L-R) Dua Lipa, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Christ Martin of Coldplay. CP Images

Update: April 23, 8:30 a.m. ET — The BBC’s exclusive all-star cover of the Foo Fighters‘ Times Like These debuted on Thursday morning during the Live Lounge radio show.

Rising pop icon Dua Lipa kicked off the acoustic rendition of the 2002 hit before listeners were treated to a plethora of other British musicians, including Rita Ora and Ellie Goulding.

Once the chorus kicked in, Foo Fighters fans were in for a surprise, as frontman Dave Grohl‘s voice could be heard singing. Additionally, longtime drummer Taylor Hawkins provided all percussion for the single.

The charity single is now available through all major streaming platforms. The accompanying video premiered later that evening on BBC One’s Big Night In show.

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In support of global efforts to stay inside and reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, some of the U.K.’s biggest artists have joined forces to raise money for the COVID-19-solidarity response fund.

How, some might ask? Well, in partnership with the BBC, Dua Lipa, Rita Ora, Ellie GouldingYungblud and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, among several others, will release a collaborative cover of the Foo Fighters‘ Times Like These later this week.

This Thursday, at 12 p.m. GMT, 7 a.m. ET, the full recording will premiere live during the “Stay Home” edition of BBC’s popular Live Lounge radio show before being made available as an exclusive digital charity single worldwide.

From the comfort of their own homes, the massive list of musicians — which also includes Sigrid5 Seconds of Summer, Royal Blood, Bastille and Sam Fender — recorded the updated version of the 2002 hit.

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Additionally, Times Like These will be produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Fraser T. Smith (Adele, Stormzy).

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After its worldwide debut, the accompanying music video will premiere on BBC One’s Big Night In show

While international profits will go towards the World Health Organization‘s (WHO) COVID-19 relief fund, the U.K. profits will be split between BBC’s Children in Need and Comic Relief to provide essential support to those significantly affected by the global health crisis.

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