Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur

Ben Harper

Ben covers John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy" for this benefit release. This page refers to the 34-track digital edition.

Press Release:

For Immediate Release May 11, 2007

ARTISTS UNITE IN DONATING TRACKS TO INSTANT KARMA: THE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO SAVE DARFUR, TO BE RELEASED BY WARNER BROS. RECORDS JUNE 12

HISTORIC DOUBLE CD FEATURES MORE THAN 20 JOHN LENNON SONGS RECORDED BY U2, GREEN DAY, R.E.M., AVRIL LAVIGNE, BIG & RICH, CHRISTINA AGUILERA, SNOW PATROL, CORINNE BAILEY RAE, REGINA SPEKTOR AND MORE

In an historic effort to mobilize activism around the human rights atrocities occurring in Darfur, Sudan, more than 50 international recording artists and over 30 record labels have united behind Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. The collection features iconic songs by legendary musician and peace activist John Lennon recorded by an array of best-selling artists and will be available for purchase both on CD and as digital downloads via online retailers.

The two-CD set of Instant Karma, which will be released by Warner Bros. Records on June 12, boasts a stellar line-up of 23 world-class artists from a variety of genres putting their own unique spin on classic songs from Lennon's solo songbook. The artists—who come from the worlds of rock, pop, hip-hop and country—include longtime activists U2, Green Day, R.E.M., and Jackson Browne; female pop powerhouses Christina Aguilera, Avril Lavigne, and Corinne Bailey Rae; country stars Big & Rich; alternative favorites Snow Patrol, The Flaming Lips, Postal Service and Regina Spektor; best-selling rockers Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz and Los Lonely Boys; and pensive singer-songwriters Jakob Dylan with Dhani Harrison and Ben Harper.

Accompanying the two-CD set, 12 tracks will be available only as exclusive digital downloads on iTunes the same date Warner Bros. Records will release the Instant Karma album. The tracks to be released digitally are performed by Duran Duran, Ozzy Osbourne, Deftones, Gavin Rossdale, Yellowcard, Widespread Panic, O.A.R., Ben Jelen, Me'Shell Ndegèocello, Rocky Duwani, Emmanuel Jal and The Fab Faux.

The rights to Lennon's songs were generously donated by Yoko Ono, who has donated all music publishing royalties. Amnesty International chose to harness the power of Lennon's music to inspire a new generation of activists to stand up for human rights. Proceeds from CD and digital sales will support Amnesty International and its campaign to focus attention and mobilize activism around the urgent catastrophe in Darfur, and other human rights crises.

"It's wonderful that, through this campaign, music that is so familiar to many people of my era will now be embraced by a whole new generation," Ono says. "John's music set out to inspire change, and in standing up for human rights, we really can make the world a better place."

Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International U.S.A., adds, "We know music's power to unite and inspire people. With hundreds of thousands dead, millions driven from their burned out villages and rape being used as a tactic in the Darfur conflict, the world needs a mass mobilization demanding action and justice. The Instant Karma campaign combines John Lennon's passionate desire for us to imagine a more peaceful world with Amnesty International's expertise in effecting justice. Instant Karma allows ordinary people to lend their hand in saving lives—a notion we think would make John proud."

"John Lennon was not just a famous Beatle, he was the social conscience of his generation," says Jeff Ayeroff, one of the album's executive producers. "By reinterpreting his music and reintroducing it to a new generation, we shine a light on the darkness that is Darfur. Yoko Ono's gift of John's music to Amnesty International, whose work points out the pain and injustice in the world, is a true beacon of light. Give peace a chance is all we are saying."
For more information about Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur or Amnesty International, please visit InstantKarma.org in the United States or www.amnesty.org/noise outside the United States.

The full track-listing* for Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur is as follows:

Disc One:

U2 — "Instant Karma"
R.E.M. — "#9 Dream"
Christina Aguilera — "Mother"
Aerosmith — "Give Peace A Chance"
Lenny Kravitz — "Cold Turkey"
Los Lonely Boys — "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night"
Corinne Bailey Rae — "I'm Losing You"
Jakob Dylan featuring Dhani Harrison — "Gimme Some Truth"
Jackson Browne — "Oh My Love"
Big & Rich — "Nobody Told Me"

Disc Two:

Green Day — "Working Class Hero"
Black Eyed Peas — "Power to the People"
Jack Johnson — "Imagine"
Snow Patrol — "Isolation"
Matisyahu — "Watching the Wheels"
Ben Harper — "Beautiful Boy"
Postal Service — "Grow Old With Me"
Jaguares — "Gimme Some Truth"
Avril Lavigne — "Imagine"
The Flaming Lips — "(Just Like) Starting Over"
Regina Spektor — "Real Love"

Exclusive Digital Tracks:

Duran Duran — "Instant Karma"
Ozzy Osbourne — "How?"
Deftones — "Jealous Guy"
Gavin Rossdale — "Mind Games"
Yellowcard — "Oh, My Love"
Widespread Panic — "Crippled Inside"
O.A.R. — "Borrowed Time"
Ben Jelen — "Woman"
Me'Shell Ndegèocello — "Imagine"
Rocky Duwani — "Well, Well, Well"
Emmanuel Jal — "Mother"
The Fab Faux — "I Don't Wanna To Face It"

*U.S. and Canada only

www.instantkarma.org
www.amnesty.org/noise
www.wbr.com

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