Now that the world is on the road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, people are looking for ways to spend their time again. Concerts are one of the most popular events worldwide following the COVID-19 outbreak, with many big-name stars putting on virtual performances for their fans. One of the biggest names to emerge from this virtual concert scene is English film actor, director, and musician Robert Pattinson, whose song “Perfect” is one of the most viewed videos on YouTube with over 100 million views.
Pattinson’s concert on March 20, 2017 was one of the biggest events on YouTube during that time. The singer performed in front of a live audience and millions watching on YouTube as the stream was also available via Facebook Live. The event drew such a huge response that it crashed the website, leading to YouTube’s first ever downtime during the peak of a popular music video.
Pattinson’s concert was one of the first major events in the world after the pandemic, and it proved that music can still be an emotional and inspiring form of entertainment even when delivered virtually. The singer has continued his prolific film and music career since then, and his work has been backed by strong musical ties, not just to ‘80s classics but also to artists and songs from today.
The title of Pattinson’s song “Perfect” was actually inspired by one of the most viewed videos on YouTube at the time, Todrick Hall’s “Perfect Day.” The video shows Hall, an American singer and songwriter, walking his dogs and playing in the snow. As he sings, Hall is pictured walking through the snow in a well-fitted suit, holding a champagne bottle and a violin. The video instantly went viral and was covered by major media outlets across the globe, including The New York Times and CNN. The song was also the theme tune to the first season of Netflix’s “Making a Murderer.”
Pattinson was born in London to actress Juliette Lewis and jazz musician Graham Pattinson, earning him “robert” and “pattinson” as his middle name. Growing up, he showed an interest in both acting and music, earning him a place at London’s RADA School of Acting. After graduating in 1998, Pattinson landed his first role in the popular British comedy series ‘Black Books’. The following year, he got his big break when he was cast in the romantic comedy-drama ‘Twilight’. The teen drama, based on the bestselling novels by Stephenie Meyer, followed the tribulations of a star-crossed young couple, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Pattinson). The film became one of the biggest successes of all time, breaking YouTube records with over 140 million views and propelling Stewart and Pattinson into superstardom.
Pattinson’s other big-budget adaptation came in 2014, when he co-starred with Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Mila Kunis in the thriller ‘The Martian’. The film tells the story of an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and must figure out how to survive – with the help of an experienced crew member played by DeNiro. “The Martian” was the highest-grossing film of the year and one of the biggest hits of all time on YouTube.
His song “Perfect” is an ode to his former girlfriend, French model and socialite Baria Belkacem. The two had a four-year relationship that ended in 2012, and Belkacem has since gone on to marry another man. After their breakup, Pattinson began working on the song, and it was premiered during his March 20, 2017 concert as a tribute to Belkacem. His love for her was evident in the heartfelt performance – and the heartbreaking lyrics, which he wrote with the help of his friend and collaborator Johnny Flynn.
“I have loved you for a very long time/I have loved you deeply/And I thank you for teaching me to love,” he sings, choking back tears, before segueing into his pop hit “Remember Me.”
Where Can I Watch Pattinson’s Concert?
While the singer’s concert was one of the biggest events on YouTube at the time, it’s not the only one worth watching. The singer put on a brilliant performance, and his fans were more than grateful for the dedication he showed by performing an intimate set for them. To this day, Pattinson continues to perform locally in London and occasionally around the world, including Australia, where he co-starred with John Cusack and ‘90s heart-throb Robert Downey Jr. in the crime-thriller ‘Inferno’. He has also continued to tour the UK with his band as well as record new music, including a collaboration with Welsh-Canadian producer and DJ Goldfinger called “If You Ever Feel Like This,” which was released earlier this year.
Who Else Will I Discover On YouTube?
Besides checking out Pattinson’s concert, I recommend searching for other big-name stars’ virtual performances. Some of the most interesting and ground-breaking live musical events from the last year can be found on YouTube, and many of them are free to watch.
One of the biggest names to emerge from the pandemic is undoubtedly Billie Eilish. The 17-year-old American singer-songwriter and guitarist launched her career after she appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” in January 2021, performing her breakout single “Love Me.” Since then, Eilish has been consistently praised for her extraordinary voice and the unique, cinematic quality of her music videos.
Eilish’s music stands out not only because of her voice but also because of her unique guitar riffs and the cinematic quality of her videos. Eilish is known for collaborating with high-profile artists, and her current album “Mystery White Girl” features a duet with American rapper Gucci Mane. She has also worked with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber on her breakout album, “Eilish.”
Another singer-songwriter whose music has been transformed by the pandemic is 21 Savage. The rapper, born Shaquille O’Neal, started his career after releasing his debut album “21” in 2019. The album, which features some of the biggest names in R&B and hip-hop, was propelled to the top of the Billboard Top 200 chart after it was released during the height of the pandemic.
The album, which was released under the pseudonym “21 Savage,” was inspired by a traumatic incident in his life. In an interview with Elle UK, Savage revealed that he had to learn how to talk again after being completely mute since childhood. The musician also discussed how he had to overcome his fears to pursue his dreams: “I wasn’t scared of going to jail, I was scared of not being able to talk.”
“21” is the product of a long line of hip-hop and R&B musicians who came before and after him. The album was recorded at Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, California with producer Mike Will Madell. The production on “21” is raw and inspired by classic hip-hop albums like ‘Ready to Die’ by Dr. Dre and ‘Silent Hell’ by Mad Villain. Many hip-hop and R&B fans have already hailed “21” as one of the best albums of the decade, and it’s not hard to see why.
What Is YouTube Red?
If you’re new to YouTube, you might be wondering what all the hub-bub is about YouTube Red, YouTube’s premium subscription service. For a monthly fee of US$14.99, YouTube Red gives you access to an expansive library of TV content — ranging from mainstream movies to documentaries and anime — as well as live sports and music events. In addition, you get to view ads alongside content from mainstream studios and television networks.
The catch is that, like most subscription services, you have to be willing to try out the service for a month before you can really judge if it’s for you. In other words, you have to subscribe to YouTube Red and use it for at least a month before you can say whether or not you like it. The good news is that once you do try it, you’ll probably find that it’s well worth it.