Over 40 bands, singers and musical acts have announced their collective efforts to raise money for those affected by Supertyphoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on November 7th.
The album, available now on iTunes and to be released on hardcopy at the beginning of December, features 39 tracks from artists such as Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga for pop lovers, U2 and Bob Dylan for the older generation, Eminem and Pitbull to appeal to a more urban audience, and even relative newcomer Lorde has donated a song to the track listing.
Titled Songs for the Philippines, will donate all proceeds to the Philippine Red Cross aid effort.
This is the third, and currently the largest big musical gesture towards this month’s catastrophe, which has reportedly gathered over 5,000 casualties; Journey have donated US$350,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme – the band’s lead singer hails from the Philippines himself, and their generosity will feed an estimated 1.4 million people one meal each; on the American front, David Byrne of Talking Heads fame held a benefit concert featuring Fatboy Slim.
Benefit gigs and albums have been a common occurrence since the rise of pop music and the idea of global celebrities. Some find them overplayed and cheesy, whilst some critics cry ‘publicity stunt’. Regardless of the motivation, it’s nice to see the proceeds of yet another compilation album going to those in need rather than financing so-and-so’s new hot tub in the Valley.
All jokes aside, it’s got a wicked track listing and it’ll do the world some good, so why not make your musical consumption count this week?
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