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PremierLeague-News.Com - Some of Northern Ireland most well-known personalities have told how music is helping them get through lockdown.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "Some of Northern Ireland most well-known personalities have told how music is helping them get through lockdown. According to a study by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), 25% of people are listening to more tunes than before.It’s a statistic DJ Ivan Martin can relate to. He said lockdown and a bit of decluttering had given him an opportunity to revisit an old favourite he played while working on Downtown Radio’s First Edition breakfast show with Richard Young."At one stage, we played this song by Ray Stevens called the Mississippi Squirrel Revival. When I came across it, I thought I hadn’t played it in years, so I asked Alexa to play it," he added."You would have to hear it — it’s one of those songs that would put a smile on your face."It’s not one of his best-known songs, like Misty or Everything is Beautiful, but it just struck a chord with listeners."During lockdown, if I’m having one of those days that makes you go ‘oh God, more of this’, I stick it on. It makes me smile."Rebecca McKinney, who co-presents Cool FM’s breakfast show with Pete Snodden, uses music to lift her mood."Getting in the car and turning up the radio has always felt therapeutic to me," she said."During the first lockdown, I was shielding at home after being ill. Niall Horan’s Heartbreak Weather album was the one. This lockdown, the song Alright by Red Carpet is also on repeat."Conor Hogan, otherwise known as the Belfast Food Blogger, loves listening to music while working in the kitchen."I’ve been doing lots of cooking while we’ve been at home. Alexa is my new best friend to get a playlist going while I’m doing that," he said.
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. My favourite track of Michael Jackson’s would be Stranger in Moscow."We also listen to Dance Monkey by Tones And I about three times a day because my daughter, Lily (2), loves dancing to it."For comedian Shane Todd, who presented the Rave Lockdown on BBC Radio Ulster, Maniac 2000 has been the track of the pandemic."It was the undisputed anthem of the Rave Lockdown. Songs like that invoke memories of my youth and long summers," he said.Belfast-based businesswoman Cathy Martin found solace not in single songs but in whole lives shows."Gok Wan’s live DJ sets on Facebook and Instagram made for an awesome kitchen party atmosphere, even if it was just ourselves," she said.According to the BPI survey, just one in 10 people are listening to less music than before or none at all.The jump in listening was most pronounced among the 16-to-24 age group, with almost half saying they consumed more music now than previously.The results also suggested people relied on their favourite songs for a boost when separated from friends or loved ones.Half of those surveyed listened to music to improve their mood, while 42% said it helped them wind down or sleep and 78% said it made them feel motivated.For the 60% who reported weekly feelings of anxiety, more than half (55%) said songs eased their pain.Some 40% use it to alleviate boredom, 27% to improve concentration and 25% as an accompaniment to exercise.The statistics were taken from the BPI’s All About the Music study, which examined trends in the industry.It said Dua Lipa, The Weeknd, Kylie Minogue and Lady Gaga were some of the year’s most popular artists.Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the BPI, Brit Awards and Mercury Prize, added: "Music has many intrinsic benefits, not least in raising spirits and promoting wellbeing, but this new research underscores just how much of a lifeline it’s been for people since lockdown, inspiring and reassuring us and also helping many of us to work, study and exercise to greater effect."The transformational power of music to improve lives has rarely been more pronounced.""
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