U2 Raise Over 3 Million Dollars to Fight Aids

Posted on February 05, 2014



In just over 36 hours, U2 helped raise over $3 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria by releasing their new song "Invisible" for free. It began on Super Bowl Sunday and for each download, Bank of America donated one dollar to (RED), an organization Bono cofounded in 2006 to combat AIDS.

During the game, the group debuted "Invisible" with a commercial and within the first hour of the ad's broadcasting, more than one million people downloaded the song. The bank continued to match downloads through midnight on Monday and in the process, surpassed its original pledge of $2 million. The bank has made a two-year commitment to raise $10 million for the Global Fund. Fans that didn't take advantage of the free window can now purchase the track for $1.29, with all proceeds still contributing to the campaign. 

Since its inception, (RED) has raised over $250 million dollars for the Global Fund, which provides testing, treatment and prevention services for HIV and AIDS to people in the world's poorest countries. "These are much-needed funds for the fight to end the AIDS pandemic in our lifetime and to get closer to the goal of eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015," said Deborah Dugan, CEO of (RED). 

Prior to the Super Bowl, Bono said that the track could be considered a "sneak preview" for the group's next album, but it is not the record's first single. U2 have been working the  follow up to 2009's No Line on the Horizon with producer Danger Mouse in New York City over the past year. Bono has estimated that the album will come out this summer.

The group released another new track, the Mandela-inspired "Ordinary Love," last year to accompany the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The track won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song and it is up for an Oscar in the same category.



Japan's AKB 48 debuts at N°1 in the World's best-selling Albums chart with "Tsugi No Ashiato" and huge sales of 961.531 copies according to Oricon. AKB 48's last album '1830m' sold 870.621 copies in its first week. The soundtrack to the Walt Disney's motion picture "Frozen" returns to N°2 with 135.000 copies and last week's N°1, Bruce Springsteen's "High Hopes", slips to N°3 with sales of 131.000.


Beyoncé's album "Beyoncé" slips to N°4 with sales of 113.000 and a total of 2,52 million sales after just seven weeks on the charts.


Lorde closes the top 5 Albums at N°5 with "Pure Heroine."


New entries include Californian Group Warpaint, who debuts at N°24 with their self-titled album and 29.000 copies sold. Scottish band Mogwai debut at N°28 with "Rave Tapes" and 27.000 sales. Re total Album sales so far, "Recharged" by Linkin Park has sold 300.000 copies, "Halcyon" by Ellie Goulding 332.000 copies, "Night Visions" by Imagine Dragons 2,99 million copies, "The Heist'" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 2,34 million copies, "All The Little Lights" by Passenger 1,48 million copies and "AM" by the Arctic Monkeys 1,26 million copies.




Everything Pharrell touches turns to gold. After the N°1 hits "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" both produced by and featuring Pharrell, the man himself goes to the top of the world charts with his first solo smash "Happy".


"Happy" is a song from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album. The song was written and produced by Pharrell. It was released on November 21, 2013 alongside a long-form music video presented via the website 24hoursofhappy.com. The song was reissued on December 16, 2013 by Back Lot Music, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The Single has topped the charts in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, New Zealand, Portugal, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Netherlands and peaked within the top ten of the charts in Italy, Spain, Hungary and Denmark.


"Happy" has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The winner of this award will be announced at the 86th Academy Awards ceremony on March 2, 2014.

"Happy" ends the three week reign of Pitbull feat. Ke$ha's "Timber", which slips to N°2. Eminem feat. Rihanna's "The Monster'" stays at N°3 while Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" featuring juicy J goes up to N°4 and One Republic close the top 5 with their global smash "Counting Stars"





Pitbull's "Timber" featuring Ke$ha is N°1 on the World's Best Singles Chart for the 3rd week!.


Pharrell's "Happy'" goes up to N°2, close behind, threatening to take the N°1 Spot next week. Stay tuned.


Eminem's "The Monster" featuring Rihanna slips from N°2 to 3.


OneRepublic slip one to N°4 this week with "Counting Stars" after 31 weeks on the charts. Avicii stays at N°5 with "Hey Brother". Katy Perry jumps up the charts from N°10 to 6 with her 3rd Single "Dark Horse" off he hot Album "Prism". Lorde slips one from 6 to 7 with her global hit "Royals" after 25 weeks on the chart and A Great Big World's "Say Something" feat. Christina Aguilera goes up 3 from N°11 to N°8. 


One Direction's "Story Of My LIfe" slips one place from N°8 to 9 and closing this week's Top 10 Best Singles in the World is Avicii with his smash hit "Wake Me Up"?


The highest new entry of the week is Shakira and Rihanna's duet "Cant Remember to Forget You" which debuts at N°16. New entry for J-Pop Group Kanjani 8 at N°18 with their smash hit "Hibiki" which is N°1 this week on the Oricon Charts in Japan. The 3rd new entry this week is Korean hip hop Artist Mr. Gae featuring Crush at N°29 with "Shower Later".




Rock Legend Bruce Springsteen is N°1 this week in the World's best-selling Albums chart with his 18th studio album "High Hopes" after selling 294.000 copies. It tops the national charts in many countries with the highest sales in the USA (99.500 copies) and United Kingdom (48.600 copies). "High Hopes" has ended Beyoncé's five-week reign, and her self-titled Album slips to N°2 with sales of 126.000 copies. After just six weeks on the charts, her album has sold a total of 2,41 million copies.


The soundtrack to Walt Disney's motion picture "Frozen" slips to N°3 with sales of 119.000 after eight weeks on the Top 10.


New entry at N°4 for B1A4's new Single "Who I Am" and sales of 74.000. Eminem slips from N°4 to 5 with his smash Album "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" after shifting 75,000 copies.


New entry for Kidz Bop Kids latest Album "Kidz Bop 25" and sales of 67.000. Down from N°5 to N°7 are One Direction and their hit Album "Midnight Memories" selling another 66.000 Records this week. Lorde's "Pure Heroin" also slips 2 places from N°7 to N°9 with sales of 62.000 and closing this week's Top 10 Best-selling Albums is Country Artist Jennifer Nettles with her new album "That Girl" which debuts with sales of 56.000. Other


New Entries this week include Switchfoot at N°15 with their new Album "Fading West" and sales of 42.000. J-Pop Act Ging Nang Boys enter the Top 40 at N°29 with their new Single "Hikari No Naka Ni Tatteitene" and sales of 22.000. At N°30 Rosanne Cash debuts with "The River And The Thread" after shifting 22.000 Albums this week. Japanese Act Dragon Ash enters the Top 40 at N°33 with "The Faces" and Sales of 22.000. New Entry at N°38 for the Soundtrack "Inside Llewyn Davis" and at closing the top 40, Coubtry Act Jon Pardi debuts with his Album "Write You A Song" and Album sAles of 18.000.


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