Feb 09 2010

Haiti Single Is UK's Fastest-Selling Charity Single This Century

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Simon Cowell's Haiti song featuring Leona Lewis and Mariah Carey, has become the fastest-selling charity single this century.

 

The Official UK Charts Company said the record has topped the 200,000 sales mark in just two days. The star-studded cover of Everybody Hurts is also on course to have one of the biggest first week sales of any single since 2000. All proceeds will go to helping the victims of the Haiti earthquake. The proceeds will be split between the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and The Sun's Helping Haiti campaign. 

 

 FASTEST SELLING CHARITY SINGLES SINCE 2000

1. Everybody Hurts - Helping Haiti

2. Hero by X Factor Finalists - Help For Heroes

3. Uptown Girl by Westlife - Comic Relief

4. Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid 20 -Ethiopian Famine

5. Spirit In The Sky by Gareth Gates and The Kumars - Comic Relief

 

Source: Official UK Charts Company

 

REM, who recorded the original song in 1992, are waiving royalties to the track, while the government has said it will not collect VAT on the record.

 

A whole host of stars signed up to sing on the record, including Robbie Williams, Take That, Mika, Rod Stewart, JLS and Susan Boyle.

 

Martin Talbot, managing director of the Official Charts Company, said: "This is a phenomenal achievement. "The public are certainly not showing any signs of charity fatigue." Everybody Hurts was made available as a download on Sunday and is expected to hit number one. 

 

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