Kris Allen’s Single For Haiti Charity – ‘Let it Be’ – Available NOW

It took them long enough!  But finally, Kris Allen’s performance of “Let it Be” from last night’s Top 24 results show is finally available for download on iTunes.

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100% of the proceeds will go to the United Nations Foundation to fund Haiti relief.  Haiti is entering its rainy season, and money is desperately needed to purchase adequate shelter and other supplies  for the thousands left homeless due to the devastating earthquake.

Download “Let it Be” NOW:

  • Kris Allen -“Let it Be” – iTunes

OMG. This recording is absolutely beautiful!

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91 Comments

  1. Done and done! It took them way too long to get that on there. Ridiculous, seriously.

    His version sounds better every time I hear it! Absolutely gorgeous. Download it for Haiti, everyone!

  2. Yay! Just downloaded it. Nice banner adds on itunes so hopefully a good amount of money will be raised.

  3. Its GORGEOUS!! I hope their absurd delay in getting it up on itunes doesn’t cost the Haiti rebuilding fund too much money. I’m off to spread the word!

  4. Just downloaded it, twice! It’s absolutely beautiful! I’ve never given to UN Foundation relief efforts, preferring to donate to charities I know, but Kris’ involvement encouraged me to go online last night and make a donation. Now I’m going to my facebook page to announce to my friends that the song is available and encourage them to get it. So proud to be a Kris fan. (It was also wonderful to see that his album is #8 on ITunes – WOW!!)

  5. Yay! I just bought it and it sounds beautiful. For some reason it’s listed as an album though, currently #17 on my live feed. Itunes also has a banner on the front page.

  6. Kris:

    The performance from last night is up on iTunes now and will be for a month. All proceeds go to Haiti. Type in “let it be”.
    16 minutes ago via Echofon

  7. Many thanks to Kris for performing this beautiful and heartfelt version of Let It Be and making the proceeds available for Haiti. You’re one classy guy & I’m proud to be a fan. Also donated directly to the UN Foundation last night. Can hardly wait to get home and download this!

  8. How nice to get home from work and be able to finally get this gorgeous song at iTunes from Kris. I love it. I’ll be passing on the word to family and friends to do the same, plus any other donations they can make. Thanks, Kristopher, for doing this!

  9. Wow, it was worth the wait! It’s so heartfelt & beautiful. The cover is perfect.

  10. I downloaded it as soon as I got home from work. Sounds absolutely gorgeous.

    Don’t know why it’s listed on the iTunes album feed instead of the singles feed. That’s weird…but it’s already at #13! (Kris’s actual album is still at #8)

  11. Just got home and downloaded it! Makes me tear up…Kris makes me into such a sap.

    It is just beautiful and so achingly heartfelt.

  12. Y’all know you can gift this song to others, too. And I put the link on my facebook. I am proud to be a Kris Allen fan today (and everyday).

  13. Will iTunes also have the live performance video from last night available for download as I would love to buy that too?

  14. i’m usually not a big fan of his overdoing the whine in his voice, but it works per.fect.ly on this song. wow.

  15. Absolutely beautiful. I wish they would have sold the video and the recording. I love the videos I’ve purchased from idol performances and would have adored this one.

    I’m so proud of Kris.

  16. Will iTunes also have the live performance video from last night available for download as I would love to buy that too?

    Yeah, I would like to know that too.
    Eventhough I have it on DVR, I would like to download the performance too. I’ll download the song right now.

    Thank you Kris, what an idol you are.

  17. Got it! Really really wonderful. Why does Itunes always mess up with Idols. They have his single as an album. jeez. Well I guess I am just glad they finally got it posted for purchase. :-)

  18. I just got home and downloaded “Let It Be”. This is beautiful!! I am very proud to be a Kris fan too!!

  19. I bought it, thanks for the link MJ. The rainy season is coming so I want to help out as much as possible.

    I love that photo of him with the baby. That baby is so cute.

  20. Got it! Really really wonderful. Why does Itunes always mess up with Idols. They have his single as an album. jeez. Well I guess I am just glad they finally got it posted for purchase.

    I think it has already been corrected. It is #132 on Itunes singles Live Feed.

  21. I listened to it and it was so beautiful and Kris sang it with so much emotion. Seriously, the AI contestants right now should have it and listen to it to hear what infusing emotion to a song sounds like. It makes such a big difference. That’s what Kris brings to every song. Amazing.

    Thank you Kris and thank you Cale for suggesting this song.

  22. I think it has already been corrected. It is #132 on Itunes singles Live Feed.

    and it was #13 in the album feed. Just shows how very different are the sale numbers singles/albums

  23. I’m glad it finally became available; thanks for the link, MJ.
    I loved this song when Brooke performed it, I loved it when Jennifer performed it, and I love Kris’ take on it; really heartfelt.

  24. I agree Ratna12!! A connection to the song is what I think a lot of this years contestants are missing.

    BTW: I think the issue with the song showing up in the albums is that when you purchase the song you have the choice of purchasing the album or the single. Some people might be choosing the album option (raises hand).

  25. I read a number of aticles today about the results show yesterday and unfortunatly, often it was not mentioned that ‘let it be’ was a single to be bought off Itunes to raise funds for Haiti *fail*

  26. Thank you Kris and thank you Cale for suggesting this song.

    and thank you to Brandon Shatswell (dont laugh at the name please) i think is a common friend of both, who had given the arrangement ideas, according to cale.

    calevis24
    All credit to God for the performance, glad i didn’t throw up on the piano :) thanks @BrandonShatswell for the arrangement ideas and advice
    about 23 hours ago via txt

    really proud of kris and lets hope it raises enough funds!

  27. I guess I’m a Beatle purist but don’t really like it. It is a good cause for his fans though.

  28. and I think the Brandon Cale tweeted his thanks to is someone who works at the church Kris and Cale attend in Arkansas (New Life Church). I know he is a friend of both guys

  29. It is a good cause for his fans though.

    It is a good cause for EVERYONE to give to help the people of Haiti. I am a fan of other contestants, and I bought it to help the Haitian people.

  30. bean99:
    02/26/2010 at 8:07 pm
    I guess I’m a Beatle purist but don’t really like it. It is a good cause for his fans though

    bean – 100% of the proceeds benefit Haiti, so it is a good cause period, for everyone.

  31. I guess I’m a Beatle purist but don’t really like it. It is a good cause for his fans though.

    I don’t know if either of us can handle it, but I agree on not liking this version of it. But as has been said, it’s not a good thing for just the fans, it’s a good thing for people in need. The first 24 hours, all proceeds to go help Haiti, and that’s a very good thing. After that, the money raised from this single’s sales, go to help as part of the IGB efforts overall (IIRC). So it’s not just a good cause for the fans, it’s a good cause. And good for Kris for doing this, even if I personally intensely dislike his version of this song, and I hope it sells tons to help people.

  32. Truthiness

    actually I think ALL proceeds from the single for the ENTIRE month it will be on iTunes go to Haiti. It is if you go onto the AI site to donote or text that number they showed onscreen last night where the donations would be split among the various IGB orgs after the first 24 hours

  33. The first 24 hours, all proceeds to go help Haiti, and that’s a very good thing. After that, the money raised from this single’s sales, go to help as part of the IGB efforts overall (IIRC).

    I thought the single was specifically for Haiti and they would receive all the proceeds for as long as it was available for sale, not just for 24 hours.

  34. Yay!! it’s at #23

    since the song is available for a month, i’m expecting it to be pimped during all AI shows for the coming month

    ..Still bummed that i can’t buy it in Canada

  35. since the song is available for a month, i’m expecting it to be pimped during all AI shows for the coming month

    Kris could also replace one of the covers in his live show with “Let It Be” and encourage the crowd to buy it. He should also mention it in all future radio interviews whether the host mentions it or not.

  36. This reminds me of when I first heard Kris’s Over The Rainbow and I assumed it was a studio recording until I heard the applause at the end. A lot of popular artists today wouldn’t ever sound this good live.

  37. I bought the song, and even donated to the UN fund to help Haiti (both which were linked on MJs)

    Of course I bought Dannys and Allisons cd that way too.

  38. SajiNoKami:
    amazing that it is a live recording

    ross:
    This reminds me of when I first heard Kris’s Over The Rainbow and I assumed it was a studio recording until I heard the applause at the end. A lot of popular artists today wouldn’t ever sound this good live.

    I’ve listened to this on repeat for a whole hour while walking and I couldn’t believe that, that is live. Amazing.
    I especially LOVE the middle part “oh- oh- oh -oh “

  39. This reminds me of when I first heard Kris’s Over The Rainbow and I assumed it was a studio recording until I heard the applause at the end. A lot of popular artists today wouldn’t ever sound this good live.

    I was just thinking the same thing about his Radio Disney performances. He has such a strong and clear voice.

  40. actually I think ALL proceeds from the single for the ENTIRE month it will be on iTunes go to Haiti. It is if you go onto the AI site to donote or text that number they showed onscreen last night where the donations would be split among the various IGB orgs after the first 24 hours

    Well that’s cool. I will say, that wasn’t really clear when watching the show. At least not to me. I blame Ryan. ;)

  41. Kris could also replace one of the covers in his live show with “Let It Be” and encourage the crowd to buy it. He should also mention it in all future radio interviews whether the host mentions it or not.

    yeah I hope he mentions it!

    babybelle32, ross, ratna12, oh yes “over the rainbow” .., when i listened to it the first time, i found his live voice soo gorgeous

    …and YAY the song is now at #19 (just below LLWD)

  42. I’m totally joking, but where was Kris when I was knee deep in toddlers??? He seems to enjoy children. That’s really sweet. Truly heartwarming.

  43. Here is the official information from http://www.americanidol.com/idolgivesback/

    Donations received either online or via text-messaging by 8pm ET on Friday, Feb. 26, go to the Idol Gives Back Foundation (IGBF) to help the United Nations Foundation (www.unfoundation.org) and their work in Haiti. After that time, donations will be distributed among the group of beneficiaries of the Idol Gives Back Foundation.

    Additionally, you can download Kris Allen’s emotional performance of “Let It Be” exclusively on iTunes (U.S. only). All proceeds raised by this download through March 25, 2010 will go to IBGF to help the United Nations Foundation’s work in Haiti. Click here to purchase. Stay tuned for Idol Gives Back on Wednesday, April 21 at 8/7c on FOX, to see how you can continue to help in the U.S. and abroad.

  44. For someone who has none of his own, he sure comes off as a natural around kids, doesn’t he?

    Anyway, the single continues to move up — it’s at #16 now. Hopefully it will remain high on chart once the initial rush of enthusiasm for helping out Haiti by downloading it passes.

  45. Wow! I just downloaded it and it is *gorgeous*. Ima have to listen to it again. And maybe again. Wow.

  46. Additionally, you can download Kris Allen’s emotional performance of “Let It Be” exclusively on iTunes (U.S. only).

    I really don’t understand why they haven’t made it available to Canada (yes, i’m pissed) and other countries. After all this is for the U.N foundation! Isn’t that supposed to be world wide?

    Anyway, the single continues to move up — it’s at #16 now. Hopefully it will remain high on chart once the initial rush of enthusiasm for helping out Haiti by downloading it passes.

    I really hope so. I wish that somehow there will be something to make the public remember it’s there. Have any other charity singles for Haiti been played on radio or were advertized regularly in the news?

    oh wow! #8

  47. I really hope so. I wish that somehow there will be something to make the public remember it’s there. Have any other charity singles for Haiti been played on radio or were advertized regularly in the news?

    A handful of stations added “We Are The World” to their playlists, but that’s about it for stations playing the charity singles. Most vanished after a week, because there was nothing to remind people to buy them.

    Hopefully, 19 will continue to ask people to donate to IGB and to buy the single. And I hope that Kris continues to mention the single as much as he can during interviews.

  48. oops – never mind. I was looking at the album chart. My bad! It’s still at #16

  49. Kris and that little girl look so incredible together! Now, that’s a great cover for a charity single.

    I’m gonna buy tomorrow. It would be great if the single got some airplay to keep it going.

  50. MtIfan, I’m with you -can’t understand why they don’t make this available internationally like the Haiti telethon did to maximise the amount given?Well I’ll just have to keep my recording of it on my Fox IQ!!!
    Its a great version from Kris – love that he has such supportive mates to help him with this!

    “I guess I’m a Beatle purist but don’t really like it. It is a good cause for his fans though. ”

    Well I’m a Beatles purist also [ especially songs that Paul sings] & I absolutely love the way Kris does this. Its a great tribute to Paul – I am sure he’d be very pleased!!
    Oh & by the looks of it online anyway- there are many who are not really Kris fans but have bought the song for the Haiti cause!!

  51. #14 now

    Which cool, but I’m just so frustrated at the delay in getting it out there, and that it’s US only. I mean, think of how many people would have downloaded the song if it was available the night of the show? I know they need to upload it, and whatever formatting needs to take place to have it be acceptable for iTunes, but I just think there should have been a way to do it faster.

    Oh well, I should be grateful for the money that is raise. And that cover is really cute. Adorable little girl.

  52. Yes, judes. I was thinking that at least they could have made it available to Canadians since over 2 millions people are watching this show!

    I’m trying to find a link to listen to the itunes recording. Anyone has one? I’m surprised it hasn’t been posted on Youtube yet!

  53. Got it! Somehow I placed it on my ipod between The Monkees Daydream Believer (love me some Davy Jones!) and Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World…it fits perfectly and makes me smile.

    Cale really did a great job on piano and I like that I can hear the guitar more. Kris’ voice is just so wonderful on this. Absolutely love it, especially the change up at “let it shine on to tomorrow”.

    The cover is awesome! That little girl is such a cutie patootie! I wish Kris’ album cover was that cute!!

    Mtlfan and judes: have you emailed itunes, Idol or 19 to ask about the availability internationally?

  54. hoosiermama, i haven’t but i will.

    the line ‘let it shine on tomorrow’…. so agreeing with you, it’s a damn beautiful change — he’s such a wonderful artist

    BTW … it’s at #12 now :D

  55. This is an amazing performance. I love Kris’ vocals, but Cale’s piano playing is also incredible. I really love the added notes that Cale does at the end of the song. Kris put so much emotion into this performance, it is so clear that it means a lot to him.

  56. Cant’ find the itunes version on Youtube. I’m surprised it hasn’t been uploaded yet

  57. yeah, i noticed cale’s piano playing and it was very moving. you can see that both cale and kris were emotionally involved in the song.

    since i cant download the itune, i’ve been watching this vid of LIB on youtube, for around 10 times already today.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlKxbBZSFD4

    if you notice in the end, it looks as if Simon is about to get up from the chair, as if he’s about to give a standing ovation but sits down again. or maybe he quickly wanted to run to the boy’s room? who knows…

  58. if you notice in the end, it looks as if Simon is about to get up from the chair, as if he’s about to give a standing ovation but sits down again. or maybe he quickly wanted to run to the boy’s room? who knows…

    I noticed that too SarahP. Forever the optomist, I think it’s the former.

  59. “Let it Be” is now #9

    Awesome! I wonder how many copies have sold. It just warms the heart that people all over the world have been helping the people of Haiti in any way that can.

  60. Adam re tweeted Kris Tweet in regards to Let it be. See he is not evil Incarnate. :lol:

    @Adamlambert RT @KrisAllen: The performance from last night is up on iTunes now and will be for a month. All proceeds go to Haiti. Type in “let it be”.

  61. Adam re tweeted Kris Tweet in regards to Let it be. See he is not evil Incarate.

    @Adamlambert RT @KrisAllen: The performance from last night is up on iTunes now and will be for a month. All proceeds go to Haiti. Type in “let it be”.

    Of course, Adam would urge his followers to buy LIB. He’s done that for LLWD and Kris’s album. Adam always has Kris’s back and vice versa. That’s one of the reasons I love them both so much. That they remain close friends despite the AI competition, the media’s never-ending mission to pit one against the other, crazy fans (on both sides) that send rude tweets to them and their loved ones, and the incredible pressure of having to make this first year a huge success in order to insure a long post-Idol career, says so much about the character of both of these men. :)

  62. Of course, Adam would urge his followers to buy LIB. He’s done that for LLWD and Kris’s album. Adam always has Kris’s back and vice versa. That’s one of the reasons I love them both so much. That they remain close friends despite the AI competition, the media’s never-ending mission to pit one against the other, crazy fans (on both sides) that send rude tweets to them and their loved ones, and the incredible pressure of having to make this first year a huge success in order to insure a long post-Idol career, says so much about the character of both of these men. :)

    (clap clap) Well said!!!

  63. After all that TOP 24 racket, we are reminded by Kris that heartfelt music, about something meaningful, strikes right through the eardrums to the soul.

    Look what he did: he took a beautiful, deep song, set in a spare piano-guitar-voice arrangement, sang it simply and movingly but put his own harmonic stamp on it (love that upward modulation near the end) and made you feel it. (I’d love to know what his hero Macca thought of it — probably liked it much.)

    I hope the contestants were listening and observing hard. This isn’t the only way to be a champ on Idol, but it is the essence of one. It’s the quality of your voice, but also the way you express what a song SAYS, and it’s also leaving out whatever is extraneous. and it’s making something old sound fresh, but gracefully.

    That and the photos reduced me to a puddle. And as always with Kris, it just sounds better and better on each repeated hearing.

  64. That and the photos reduced me to a puddle. And as always with Kris, it just sounds better and better on each repeated hearing.

    ^This….ITA

  65. I listen to it again on YT. It’s so pretty and heartfelt. Yes it reduces me to to a puddle.

    Sales are going well, it’s at #7 on Itunes!

  66. Bravo Kris Allen! Although I’ve already donated quite a bit to the Haiti relief effort, I’m now off to iTunes to download a copy of LIB.

  67. I love this single it helped me stop my obession about Kris’s success. I do think however that the song by Chris Daughtry & Kris “Send me All Your Angels” would be a better choice (ymmv) Kris would have to change it up because people say it sounds too much like Chris Daughtry and Nickleback. Kris Allen is the best at putting feelings in his songs. I was okay with Kris’s performance of Michael Jackson’s Man in the mirror on the show but I didn’t notice the wonderful, wonderful lyrics until he changed it up and sang it his guitar. I loved how he changed Chasing Pavements too. The lyrics are beautiful in “Send Me All Your Angels” I wonder how much Chris Daughtry helped with it. I know Kris Allen had the experience of almost dying so he can relate to and would do a good job of singing it. I would be okay with Kris singing a song he didn’t write and I am a true blue Kris fan. I think the lyrics make you want to send in money. Let it Be sounds too calming. Send the angels (money) right now tonight!!!!Haiti can’t wait. Tell me what you think. Another option would be Archuletta’s Prayer for the children however his religion may be a problem for some people. I would hope not. David is so pure and good but he has suffered too.

  68. Hey, I just made a U-turn I for sure think Prayer of the Children should have been the Charity single. Took me way too long.

  69. I think the Prayer of the Children should be sung as a group so that people can’t pick out voices so the aren’t promoting their albums

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