Listen to Simon Cowell’s Haiti Charity Single – Everybody Hurts

Simon Cowell’s charity single, a cover of REM’s “Everybody Hurts” was released today. Listen to it below.

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Some of the stars involved: Leona Lewis, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Cheryl Cole, Jon Bon Jovi, Michael Buble, Kylie Minogue, Susan Boyle, Westlife and Robbie Williams.

As a big fan of the original REM tune, I thank Simon for not mucking it up. However, I’m a little skeptical that the song’s theme works within the context of a disaster. We hurt because Haiti hurts? Or don’t feel bad Haiti, everybody hurts! Or suck it up Haiti! Everbody hurts! Me confused.

Anyway, it’s for a good cause, so I’ll shut up now.

The track will be available starting Sunday, February 7 at hmv.com, play.com, or amazon.co.uk – with all the proceeds split between the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and the Sun newspaper’s Helping Haiti campaign.

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16 Comments

  1. As a big fan of the original REM tune, I thank Simon for not mucking it up. However, I’m a little skeptical that the song’s theme works within the context of a disaster. We hurt because Haiti hurts? Or don’t feel bad Haiti, everybody hurts! Or suck it up Haiti! Everbody hurts! Me confused.

    I think it’s supposed to be “We hurt because Haiti hurts?” That would be the typical charitable “empathetic” response (which I’m sometimes a little skeptical of for any number of reasons, but that’s not quite the topic).

    A kind of obvious cast of characters, really, coming from Simon Cowell. But I guess you couldn’t expect much more than that from him in this kind of scenario, anyway…

  2. Nice job, good cause. Like you, MJ, I’m a big fan of the original REM tune, but they’ve done a good job with the song, and it’s for a good cause. Interesting what a distinctive sound each of these artists have. As soon as I heard Rod Stewart, I was like….aww there’s Rod….you pick it up immediately. I was struck by how beautiful each of them sounded. (or maybe I’m just in a sappy mood today?, lol). Seriously though, nice single.

  3. I love this song, but I really hate when they segment the song, so that everybody can have their little piece. It’s not meant to be song this way, it’s too many different voices, some better than others.

  4. The version is better than I expected with some nice vocals by some. Like JudieOhio says some voices are immediately recognisable (like Rod’s) .. for me I also recognised Robbie’s, Bon Jovi and James Blunt and James Morrison … and of course Subo … there’s no mistaking that vibrato (it’s like she swallowed a sheep)

    But all in all, a nice version and a very good cause.

  5. ooops sorry Judy I spelt your user name wrong . but the edit option isn’t working for me .. I mean “JudyOhio”

  6. I think they did a lovely version – I’ll be buying it February 7th.

  7. I love the original and I like this version of the song.
    A small reply to the lyrics comments. While some verses might make it look a little inappropriate (the We hurt because Haiti hurts? Or don’t feel bad Haiti, everybody hurts! comments) I think that if taking the song as a whole it was a great choice. While picturing the darkest hours and despair someone can feel, it tries to convey that you should never give up the fight. Things will get better.

  8. I’m watching the add board and I see that JLS, boyband from 5th season of X Factor UK, have their first american single, “Everybody in love”.

    Oh, their album sold over a million copies in the UK. So it’s 3x platinum (300k = platinum). Two members of JLS also sing on this charity single.

  9. It sounded better than I thought it would and yes it’s for a good cause.

  10. I finally got to hear it… I hate to hate on it… but it’s a pretty boring version. I like the original, but does his version sound slower and more dirge-like? Anyway, hope it raises some money for Haiti.

  11. I love the original….but for a cover this was good! The melody is what counts too and it still had that wonderful sound!! Bravo to these Artists for taking the time to put their talent to good use. I’ll be buying it for sure!

  12. I guess my big question is, why isn’t Adam Lambert being asked to sing on any of these Haiti recordings? You would think Simon would have enlisted him. He’s not on the “We Are The World” recording either right?

  13. Yeah,well this what we are reduced to, being critical of a song for
    charity. That is amazing energy output.
    Personally, I love most of those singers in a general way. They are
    mostly recogniseable. I appreciate that they keep giving their voices, and I am sure their money to help Haiti. Hopefully, all of us are also giving what we can in support, and buying these releases if possible!!

  14. Another fan of the original here and have to agree with MJ: nice work Simon. Loved SuBo’s bit.

    “I guess my big question is, why isn’t (guess who) being asked to sing on any of these Haiti recordings?” Because not everything is about him. How is he even in this topic!? Or the JHud/Whitney topic yesterday? It’s becoming an illness… *eyeroll*

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