“SUN CITY” ARTISTS AGAINST APARTHEID
It was billed as a “song about change not charity, freedom not famine”. Sun City is an infamous casino resort in Bophuthatswana, South Africa. The segregated playground for the rich white tourists was part of the South African plan to confine the black population to isolated areas. Music artists who performed at the resort were paid outrageously. Steve Van Zandt lead the cause against musicians supporting the divisive racist area. An all-star crew including Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Miles Davis, Daryl Hall, Pat Benatar, Keith Richards, Joey Ramone, Kurtis Blow, Lou Reed, and Peter Gabriel joined the cause. It was not a commercial success but opened up the eyes of the world to the situation.
“JUST STAND UP!” ARTISTS STAND UP TO CANCER
Stand Up To Cancer was a 2008 TV telethon to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. L.A. Reid and Babyface got back together to produce the charity single. For the worthy cause, the studio dream team asked an all-star team of Divas to sing on the track. You have the obvious, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Leona Lewis, Carrie Underwood, and Fergie. But you can’t help but laugh and smile at the inclusion of Miley Cyrus on such a dynamic roster. It feels like a high school football player won a prize and got an invitation to play a few downs with the Dallas Cowboys. Despite Miley’s “special” addition to the song, the inspiring message of hope and action rings loud and clear.
“BEDS ARE BURNING” TCK TCK TCK PROJECT
Sixty musicians teamed up in fall of 2009 for a reworking of “Beds Are Burning”, an 80’s hit from Australia’s Midnight Oil. The message of saving our planet and not destroying our natural resources was spun to emphasize global warming and the dangers of our ozone layer being destroyed. The all-star track featuring Bob Geldof, Klaus from The Scorpions, Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran, and Lily Allen. For each download of the song, internet users were signing a petition to the United Nations against the dangers of global warming.