U2, Killers, Coldplay Team Up For Red(WIRE)

By brandon / December 1, 2008 - 5:45 pm

In case you didn’t know, yesterday (12/1) was World AIDS Day. To help mark the occasion, Bono added a wing to his organization (RED): RED(WIRE)’s a new website that will feature exclusives from Coldplay, the Killers, the Dixie Chicks, John Legend, R.E.M. and Bob Dylan, among others. All the money made (via subscription) goes toward helping people with HIV in Africa. The site launched yesterday. As Billboard explains:

For $5, users will receive a new issue of RED(WIRE) every Wednesday, featuring an exclusive song from a major artist, a song from an artist (RED) aims to showcase, a multimedia piece that could encompass video or photography and a look at how proceeds are directly benefiting Africans in need. The materials will be downloaded to a custom player and automatically loaded into iTunes … Users can send two free issues to friends, and will be rewarded if they join RED(WIRE).

The current exclusives include U2’s “I Believe In Father Christmas” (it was recorded last Wednesday), Jenny Lewis’s live “Acid Tongue,” the Killers, Elton John and Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant doing a Christmas song, “Joseph, Better You Than Me.”

U2 – “I Believe In Father Christmas”

The Killers & Elton John Ft Neil Tennant – “Joseph, Better You Than Me”

Coldplay Feat. Kylie Minogue – “Lhuna”

Additionally, Elvis Costello and the Police contribute their mashup of “Watching the Detectives”/”Walking On The Moon” from Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… and Death Cab donate a live Daytrotter vid. Head to MSN’s (RED)WIRE and see ‘em for yourself. (Note Bono’s sunglasses in the above picture.)