Michael Stipe Sings R.E.M.’s ‘It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’ in 4-Step Coronavirus PSA

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As the world screeches to a halt over the coronavirus pandemic, a song re-entered the music charts this week: R.E.M.‘s 1987 classic “It’s The End of the World As We Know It,” truly a sign of the times — and on Tuesday, Michael Stipe himself issued a special video message that serves as a helpful PSA for how to combat your coronavirus risk.

He outlined four steps for personal safety, taken from the CDC’s recommendation:

  1. Stay at Home
  2. Wash Your Hands
  3. Act Like You’re Already Sick (Social Distancing)
  4. Don’t Trust Social Media (visit the CDC for accurate information)

And even began the video singing a few bars of the song that has pretty much become the definitive R.E.M. song, at least in a pop culture sense:

Thank you, Michael Stipe, for a bit of levity mixed in with serious, helpful advice for your fellow humans.

As for “It’s The End of the World As We Know It” re-entering the iTunes music charts, the song “skyrocketed 184% to 1,000 downloads sold and 48% in on-demand U.S. streams to 746,000, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data,” per Billboard.

This all came on the same day U2 singer Bono performed a new song dedicated For the Italians who inspired it… for the Irish… for ANYONE who this St. Patrick’s day is in a tight spot and still singing. For the doctors, nurses, carers on the front line, it’s you we’re singing to.”



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