BRITS stripped the shelves of the new Haiti charity single yesterday after it hit shops a day early.
Extra lorries were even drafted in to get the star-studded cover version of REMâ€™s Everybody Hurts into stores.[ itxtvisited="1"> Tens of thousands of copies were sold as big-hearted fans dug deep to help the quake-hit country.[ itxtvisited="1"> And as music lovers flocked to buy the single from record shops, thousands went online to send it rocketing to the top of the download charts after less than a day of sales.[ itxtvisited="1">
The charity ballad is tipped to be the biggest and fastest-selling track of all time and is expected to raise millions of pounds.[ itxtvisited="1">
Even some shops that do not normally sell CDs put it on display.[ itxtvisited="1"> Bhs, Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser, Oxfam and BP all agreed to ship in Simon Cowellâ€™s disc at the 11th hour. Gennaro Castaldo, of HMV, predicted it would stay at No 1 for weeks.[ itxtvisited="1">
He said: â€œWeâ€™ve seen a surge in demand for the Helping Haiti single online at hmv.com, where itâ€™s our No 1 music pre-order, and you get a real sense that a ground-swell of interest is building.[ itxtvisited="1"> â€œEverybody Hurts could well dominate the charts over the next few weeks and looks set to be one of the biggest releases of the past decade.â€[ itxtvisited="1">
Star names on the track include Mariah Carey, Jon Bon Jovi, Kylie Minogue, Rod Stewart, Leona Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Susan Boyle, Cheryl Cole, James Blunt, Westlife, JLS, Mika, Michael BublÃ© and [ itxtvisited="1">Robbie Williams.[ itxtvisited="1">
The single will split all proceeds 50/50 between DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) and The Sun newspaperâ€™s â€œHelping Haitiâ€™ appeal. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has pledged to waive VAT on the single. The Haitian earthquake, which occurred on 12th January 2010 measuring a catastrophic 7.0 on the richter scale, is already estimated to have caused the deaths of over 250,000 people. 250,000 are in need of urgent aid and more than 2 million people are estimated homeless and in need of long term support to help rebuild their lives.
Simon Cowell who organized the recording and release of the record for Haiti said: â€œWe have a short time to do this but already we are getting some fantastic support. Right now this is an absolute priority for us all, the people of Haiti need as much help as we can give them as soon as possible...â€