Maroon 5 and Snapple have teamed up for a philanthropic new drink. The band has collaborated with Snapple to launch a limited edition drink named after their hit song, "She Will Be Loved." The drink, named "Tea Will Be Loved" is a green tea flavored with pomegranates and blackberries.
All proceeds from sales of the drink will be donated to the Feeding America organization. The band is so generous that they donated $250,000 of their own money to Feeding America to kick start the fundraising campaign.
Adam jokes that his favorite part of the process was deciding which flavor of drink they would used for their iced tea, "It was fun, it was really cool. Some flavors we made tasted like sh-t, some tasted amazing. The whole thing was a fun, charitable idea."
These aren't the only musicians who have donated to charity.
In a bizarre combination of people, Usher, Mariah Carey and Beyonce played a private concert for Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi's son on New Years in 2009. Now, correct me if I am wrong because my only news source is Weekend Update on SNL, but isn't Muammar Qaddafi a bad guy? Pretty sure it's a bad idea if the US's biggest pop stars are doing private shows for Libya's hated dictator?
Regardless, the artists involved all made close to a million dollars each for the show, so they donated the entire paycheck to various human rights organizations such as Amnesty International. Whether or not these singers knew who they were performing for, at least it went to a good cause.
After the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, many singers from EMI Music group auctioned off personal and signed music mementos to raise money for the Japanese Red Cross. The artists that participated included Katy Perry, The Beatles, Coldplay, Good Charlotte, and Norah Jones. The auctioned off an Abbey Road Steinway Grand Piano, famous guitars, signed photos, tickets to concerts etc.
Gwen Stefani donated $1 Million to Japan relief through Save the Children's Emergency fund. Gwen also created a limited edition T-shirt with 100% of the proceeds going as charitable donations to Japan relief.
Lady Gaga created the Japan Prayer Bracelets and proceeds of the sales from the bracelets made $750,000 to Save the Children and $750,000 and the American Red Cross. Though there was speculation that Gaga had hidden fees associated with the bracelets that did not go directly to the charities, Gaga denied it.
Madonna has always been about giving to charitable causes. She donated $250,000 to Partners in Need, which was to aid those in Haiti. Madonna says, "I have given a donation of $250,000 to assist Haiti's earthquake victims through Partner's in Health, one of Haiti's leading health care providers."