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.)

Comments (15)
  1. malvert  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2008 0

    how about since bono and bill gates are ridiculously rich, they just each give a billion or two (gates, at least) instead of asking me to give money i can’t afford?

    • tutone  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2008 0

      I believe they have done that, too, malvert. In fact, I think Gates has pledged something like $50 billion of his fortune to charity. The cool thing about charity is that it’s something everyone can do a little of.

      • malvert  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2008 0

        cool. does the $5 get me a free download of tuna fish or ramen, or baby formula for my kids, to accompany the shit song i don’t care about?

        • hannah  |   Posted on Dec 3rd, 2008 0

          You know, malvert, the other cool thing about charity is that it’s not fucking mandatory.

  2. Bono is so cool for saving the world like this. Thnx Bono!

  3. alex  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2008 0

    Seems kind of stupid that you can’t just pay for the songs you want instead of signing up for their monthly “magazine” and hoping whatever it is you want happens to be one of the songs they send out.

    • I think you are (somehow) missing the point, “alex.” This is about helping people who have a fatal disease, not about getting songs you want at a bargain price. It’s a nice thought, though. If iTunes did that, it would be quite silly.

      • alex  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2008 0

        I am aware of this. But to put it quite frankly if I were to pay it would be for the songs. Just sayin’ that they would actually stand a chance of getting my money if they had a more worthwhile distribution method.

  4. fert  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2008 0

    admit it. if the people in charge with the money really wanted AIDS eradicated, it would have been done yesterday. good for bono and whoever else to try to get a few hipsters to pony up $5, but the governments want the money to go to war, so it’s going to go to war.

  5. Robert  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2008 0

    It seems to me that most of these posts are making excuses why they don’t want to contribute to a cause they don’t care about. No one is making you give money if you choose not to do so. However, this site is giving people who are so inclined that option.

    Basically, shut up about baby formula.

  6. dave  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2008 0

    i know bono’s short and all, but this picture isn’t helping matters

  7. Navi  |   Posted on Dec 2nd, 2008 0

    Product RED is such a fucking joke.

  8. David Garvin  |   Posted on Dec 3rd, 2008 0

    I can’t help laughing at all the comments, yeah it is a good cause but the reason is proabably about war is not too far away from the truth, bono and bob have been pestering goverment for years and as a big U2 fan I just wish they would give Africa the money so we don’t get this shoved down our throats, I love U2 but if I have to put up with this at gigs again I might not go, bring back ZOO TV and Popmart where polotics and poverty wasn’t involved, expept in the music. Looking forward to the new album in a slim hope it is a ‘radical departure’ no more blandness of the last two albums, pleeeeeeasse ‘get up of your knees’ Bono!

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