The current #1 single in the UK is the charity single, “Everybody Hurts” which was organized by Simon Cowell. The single is a cover of the classic R.E.M. hit and features many amazing singers, including: Leona Lewis, Cheryl Cole, Michael Buble, Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Susan Boyle, Alexandra Burke, JLS, Mariah Carey, Mika, James Blunt, James Morrison, Joe McElderry, and a few other.
The single has sold an estimated 453,000 copies, about half of which were sold in the first two days. The single is the fastest selling charity single of the UK in the 21st century. And of course, 100% of the proceeds go to aiding Haiti.
Check out the music video:
This songs is one of my all time favorites. I love the original by R.E.M., but the cover by The Corrs as performed for their MTV Unplugged performance really cemented the song as one of my favorites. The song is very emotional and really deep and meaningful.
The song was a brilliant choice for Simon Cowell. The song’s lyrics and sentiment are very applicable to what is happening in Haiti. And the vocals are amazing. I could do without a few of the artists (Miley Cyrus, Rod Stewart and Jon Bon Jovi). I really love how each artist was able to put their own spin on the song, especially Susan Boyle. The artists put a lot of emotion in the song and it is very evident, especially when seeing them record their parts. The video is also brilliant, if not difficult to watch.
The single is available to purchase in the UK and the US. You can get the physical single through Amazon.co.uk or download it through iTunes. It is a great song and it is for a great cause… what are you waiting for?!
And here are the artists, talking about Haiti and recording the song: