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Simon Cowell Selects R.E.M. Song for Charity Single to Benefit Haiti

"Everybody Hurts" Rumored to feature Paul McCartney, Coldplay and More

Jan 22, 2010 R.E.M. Bookmark and Share

According to this NME news item, Simon Cowell has chosen R.E.M.‘s “Everybody Hurts” for his charity single scheduled to be released later this month in order to raise funds for Disasters Emergency Committee. Rumored artists to be involved in the cover version include Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Take That, and Robbie Williams. R.E.M.‘s manager Bertis Downs conveyed the band’s pleasure on the decision to The Sun. In order to maximize funds, R.E.M. will be waiving royalties and Prime Minister Gordon Brown will waive the value added tax. A release date has not been set.

In similar news, Billboard has reported (via Pitchfork), Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie are planning to re-record “We Are the World” with proceeds going to Haiti relief. Artists invited to participate include Usher, Natalie Cole, and John Legend, and co-author Michael Jackson will (somehow) be included.


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January 23rd 2010

whoo simon is great for doin that x