The all-star version of R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts,” recorded under the direction of Simon Cowell to help Haiti’s earthquake victims, has sold more than 453,000 copies in its first week to go straight to the top of the pop charts in the U.K., according to the Official U.K. Charts Company. The OCC further said that the single, which features such names as Rod Stewart, James Blunt, Susan Boyle, Leona Lewis, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams and Williams’ old band Take That, has already sold more copies than any other charity single this century.
The OCC’s Martin Talbot said: “The public have clearly taken the plight of the Haitian people to heart – this record is huge.”
Gennaro Castaldo, spokesman for the HMV music store chain, remarked: “It’s already the biggest seller of the year so far, and is now likely to go on to be the number one single of 2010.”
Proceeds will be split between the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and The Sun newspaper’s Helping Haiti campaign.
The single’s video can be seen here.