While many-a-musician has shifted his/performance to the virtual space in response to Covid-19 restrictions, some have opted to offer their fans swag opportunities to help keep listeners safe and in high spirits. During the last seven pandemic-restricted months, merchandise has turned into one of the best ways for the public to support their favorite artists unable to perform live.
While some stars got extra crafty by selling branded products necessary for combating the outbreak, below is a concise list of the items offered by several artists including Wu-Tang Clan hand sanitizer, Run The Jewels hazmat suit and a number of masks.
Wu-Tang Clan launched a new line of products as part of A Better Tomorrow Collection, which financially supports the Ottawa Food Bank, Ottawa Mission Foundation and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. One item includes “Protect Ya Hands” hand sanitizer. In the spirit of helping others, for every hand sanitizer purchase, one bottle will be donated to the Ottawa Mission Foundation and other homeless shelters throughout Canada.
For those looking for a little more protection than face coverings, Run the Jewels sold limited edition hazmat suits. “finally my dream of selling a branded HAZMAT suit has come true,” El-P joked in his Instagram post. The product page notes that it’s “for entertainment purposes only”.
The classic “XO” mask was thought to be gone, until The Weeknd brought it back in multiple stylish iterations for fans who want to represent the multi-Grammy Award winner. The R&B singer even promised to match every dollar to “aid communities afflicted by Covid-19 with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Musicares,” according to his Instagram announcement. Click here to purchase.
Coinciding with the release of her single, “Daisies”, Katy Perry offered her own take on the mandatory masks featuring Perry lying in a field of the cheery flowers. The face covering comes with a complementary copy of her new album, Smile.