A misleading post title, because of course we are all hoping for Haiti, and have been, day and night since a catastrophic earthquake decimated an already destitute society. We know our place in the order of things — you should be going to your legit news site of choice regularly these days; Stereogum’s here for escapism, muckraking about post-punk and burgers should you need it. But the artistic community is mobilizing to offer relief to the Haitian people, and that’s what this post is about.

George Clooney and MTVN have organized Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief, a live telethon to be broadcast at 8 pm EST from New York, London, L.A., and Haiti, featuring Jay-Z, Bono, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Coldplay, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, Alicia Keys, Wyclef, and some 100 others. Proceeds from the fundraiser directly benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF and Wyclef’s Yele Haiti Foundation. The show will be commercial free and run two hours, beginning at 8PM EST and running on every conceivable network. You can’t miss it.

There will be many performances, several billed as one-off collaborations, including a Jay-Z/U2/Rihanna jam. Each one will be available for 99¢ starting tomorrow on iTunes. For those who won’t be by a television and don’t have DVR, we’ll update this post with video embeds from the night. For those looking to donate now, follow this link.

Indie rock’s also doing its part, with high profile gigs like Radiohead’s LA show (ticket auction ends tomorrow), and, here in Brooklyn, Zach Galifianakis, Bon Iver, St. Vincent, and Britt Daniel at Music Hall Of Williasmburg and A.C. Newman, Walkmen, Wrens, Ted Leo, and Jimmy Fallon at The Bell House. Feel free to use the comments to link to your local charity concert, or just talk about Rihanna’s outfit. It’s for a good cause.

Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge & Rihanna – “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)”

Coldplay – “A Message”

Justin Timberlake & Matt Morris – “Hallelujah”

Sting, The Roots & Chris Botti – “Driven To Tears”

Madonna – “Like A Prayer”

Dave Matthews & Neil Young – “Alone And Foresaken”

Pre-order Hope For Haiti Now at

Comments (12)
  1. pwnightmare  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2010 0

    I cannot believe they’re still attaching Yele Haiti to this. Oh boy!

  2. SugarRain  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2010 0

    Haiti- GOD has answered your prayers…
    Haiti -now the world that once forgot about you
    Haiti- Now we can’t but to help see you …
    Haiti- we know that the where is there and this is how…
    Haiti- keep on Praying… Haiti-keep on singing…
    Haiti-Your praise confuses the enemy..
    Haiti-with so little you are yet so strong….
    Haiti- your strength has shamed and humbled me~checked my wrong…
    Haiti- I mourn with you…
    Haiti- I wish I could comfort your children…
    Haiti -my heart ache at the slow pace to help and care for you…
    Haiti- some of us do understand, its happen in our own land…
    Haiti- your desire to live has been turned into an act of looting
    Lord Jesus,Please don’t let them start shooting…
    Haiti- they have the food…Why won’t they give it to you?…
    Haiti- what is taking so long for the water,
    that is needed for your thirsty son’s and daughter,s?
    Haiti- there are doctors..still stupid death in the air?
    Haiti-you are risking your own lives to save one another~
    Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, and brothers….
    Haiti- my President is a
    honest, strong,reliable, GOD fearing family man…
    He will give you a hand.
    Haiti- you are a diamond in the rough.
    Haiti- the LORD promises in Matthew 20:16
    “So the last shall be first, and the first last:
    for many be called, but few chosen”
    Haiti- GOD has chosen you.
    Haiti- trust in GOD, and Christ Jesus too…
    Haiti- He has a Plan for You.


  3. Haiti was the first Western Hemisphere territory to have a slave revolt that resulted in the slaves winning their freedom. Even though the slaves knew they would be very poor, the proud slaves realized that freedom was worth so much more that having a military superpower controlling them. This was a inspiration to America 60 years later to fight for the freedom of all and end the slavery in the US. Who knows if the French would of quelled the revolt of the Haitian slaves, who knows what would of happened in the 1860s.

    Haiti is still one of the poorest countries in the western world. The country has been at its most desperate hour for a long time. The earthquake allowed many people to finally turn their eyes to see the basic needs that many Haitians need at this point.

    Please watch this telecast and donate. This is a beaten, but a proud, historic country. Lets all stand up for Haiti

  4. che  |   Posted on Jan 22nd, 2010 0

    all this money better be allocated to a fund to save haiti. like a huge check to a tiny nation that doesnt have to be given back . like reparations. give an equal share to each citizen living in haiti. not usa

  5. It is always nice to see so much love and support when a natural disaster strikes somewhere in the world and I commend anyone who petitions for or donates to this charity. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a loved one and my own small donation goes to help restore some form of semblance to Haiti and her people.

    That being said, I think it is a very sad state we live in when it takes a natural disaster for those in power (ie – controlling most of the capital) to acknowledge poor and struggling countries! Mothers, sons, fathers and daughters alike die EVERY DAY ALL OVER THE PLANET! I wonder what it will take for everyone to realize this important fact and DEMAND that their governments allocate the majority of our wealth to the extreme poor and NOT the extreme rich, like basically all of the above artists. Just because someone is an attention whore doesn’t mean they deserve untold wealth when so many suffer and die every day for no reason at all. Most of us work very hard at our jobs, which are required each and every to make our culture work, and we still give what we can to charity. I for one think it is time for our priorities as a human beings to change!

    It should not take a destructive catastrophe to make us think globally!! Just think, right now someone on the other side of the globe just may be having the SAME EXACT thoughts as you, yet they could be dying of an easily curable illness because we need to persist a class system economy and have 300 different kinds of breakfast cereal available for consumption.

    Think about it. Then maybe someday everyone will.

  6. Rob Lowe  |   Posted on Jan 23rd, 2010 0

    what a fucking joke. Musicians doing something for Haiti is like Obama recording an album.

    • texasmikey  |   Posted on Jan 24th, 2010 0

      I can’t stand it when people get together to help people either.
      Go diaf.

    • MF McNutt  |   Posted on Jan 24th, 2010 0

      Those musicians and their Hollywood friends have raised $58,000,000 for Haiti so far.

      Politics aside, the album Obama recorded with Danger Mouse is pretty fucking good. Check’em out at Coachella this year ? you’ll be impressed.

  7. ave  |   Posted on Jan 23rd, 2010 0

    Fiona Apple and Jenny Lewis are also doing benefits.

    Love and Haiti, Too: A Music Benefit
    Saturday, Jan. 23, at 9 p.m.
    Featuring Fiona Apple, Jon Brion, Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins, Tom Brosseau, Gillian Welch and other surprise guests

    Love and Haiti: A Comedy Benefit
    Monday, Jan. 25, at 9 p.m.
    Featuring Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari and special guests (rumored to appear, among others, are Ed Helms and Ben Stiller)

    Song Circle for Haiti: Jenny Lewis & Friends
    Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m.
    Featuring Jenny Lewis, Azure Ray, Johnathan Rice, Morgan Nagler, Becky Stark, Jason Boesel and other special guests


  8. Download free live from Cravens Hall: A Concert for Haiti on our website:

    We even covered Vampire Weekend!

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