Yoko Ono waives royalty rights to new Lennon charity album.

It looks like Yoko is simply giving it all away.  So sorry, I don’t mean to be crass with that comment, but it seems like Yoko is lending a hand to the world through her late husband’s music.  A lot of you are probably thinking….not again.  I know the thought crossed the back of my mind.  We’ll get some more flavors of the month doing a host of Lennon tunes, half of which are butchered.  C’mon now, don’t be too cruel.  The covers aren’t that bad.  I really like the Screaming Trees’ track on the last one, covers record, Working Class Hero, and Scott Weiland doing How Do You Sleep?  That was pretty cool.  We’ll have to see how this one does.   So far it looks OK, REM and Green Day not a bad start.  We’ll keep you posted as we hear more on this one.

Here’s what we’ve read.

Yoko Ono has donated the publishing royalties to the entire John Lennon back catalogue in an effort to make sure a new all-star tribute to her husband is a true charity event.

R.E.M, Christina Aguilera and Green Day are among the acts who have recorded Lennon classics for new covers album Instant Karma: The Campaign To Save Darfur.

The disc is part of Amnesty International’s Global Music Activism Project Make Some Noise, which will benefit relief work in Darfur, Sudan.

The album hits stores in June, but R.E.M’s version of #9 Dream has been released as a single today.

Ono admits she was thrilled to be able to help the struggling refugees in Darfur and didn’t hesitate to waive publishing rights for the cause.

She says, “It’s wonderful that, through this campaign, music that is so familiar to many people of my era will now be embraced by a whole new generation.

“John’s music set out to inspire change, and in standing up for human rights, we really can make the world a better place.”

Source: Starpulse


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  1. […] Lennon covers album for charity, Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur,  that we reported on last week has appeared online.  There is not much that is groundbreaking about this track, but it is deftly […]

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