Not only did George Clooney’s Hope for Haiti telethon raise $60 million, but even more money has been raised through iTunes. The digital sales of the performances from last week have now made $3 million which will all go to earthquake relief efforts.
Performances by Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Madonna and a collaboration between Jay-Z, Rihanna and U2 stars Bono and The Edge all made the iTunes digital album which became the first such release to top the U.S. charts this week.
According to Billboard.com, Hope For Haiti Now became the first project to simultaneously occupy the number one spot on iTunes' US album, song and TV charts. Music sales tracker Nielsen Soundscan said the album sold 171,000 copies to date.
Of the 19 available songs, "Stranded" by Jay Z, Bono, The Edge & Rihanna (131,000) has the most downloads, standing at No. 8 debut on Digital Songs and a No. 16 start on the Hot 100.
The other track from the Haiti benefit to debut on the charts is "Hallelujah" by Justin Timberlake & Matt Morris featuring Charlie Sexton which sold 64,000 downloads and entered Hot Digital Songs at No. 24 and the Hot 100 at No. 48.
What an amazing accomplishment!