January 22, 2010


A couple posts about the song Bono and The Edge performed with Jay-Z and Rihanna, during the Hope for Haiti broadcast:

Taken from U2.com:

22 January 2010
Produced by Swizz Beatz and Declan Gaffney, 'Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)' will be performed live tonight from London by Jay-Z, Rihanna, Bono and Edge as part of the 'Hope For Haiti Now' global telethon, produced by George Clooney, Wyclef Jean and MTV Networks.

'Sitting in the studio and watching Haiti hurting, I knew immediately I had to do something,' said Swizz Beatz. 'I reached out to my friends Bono and Jay-Z and asked for their help. Jay and Rihanna sent their vocals and that same night Bono and I went into the studio.' Swizz Beatz added, 'It's important we as a global community all come together to help. Haiti needs us right now.'

The track will be available through iTunes this evening as part of a special package from the 'Hope For Haiti Now' telethon airing at 8pm ET/PT. The relief organizations that will benefit from the telethon and special album are Partners in Health, Oxfam America, the Red Cross, UNICEF, Yele Haiti Foundation, United Nations World Food Program and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Proceeds from Hope for Haiti Now will be split among each organization's individual funds for Haiti earthquake relief.

Taken from Rock N Roll Daily:

Inside the Recording of Bono and Jay-Z’s Haiti Single “Stranded”

1/21/10, 3:51 pm EST
Bono wrote the hook for “Stranded” — his new Haiti benefit single with Jay-Z and Rihanna, which is subtitled either “Haiti Mon Amour” or “Haiti Mi Amore” — while on the phone with producer Swizz Beatz. “The idea of the song is ‘We’re not gonna leave you stranded’ and that’s what the chorus is,” Swizz Beatz tells 
Rolling Stone. “So me and Bono started going back and forth with ideas, and he was like, ‘You know this word stranded keeps standing out to me’ and I asked him to sing it, and he put me on hold ’cause he’s recording the ideas on a Dictaphone — so he did it there and then on the phone.”
Swizz Beatz got the song started by sending simultaneous texts to Jay-Z and Bono — but when they both called, he accidentally hung up on Jay while trying to conference them. After three hours of phone tag, they all agreed to the project, which came together in geographically scattered sessions, with extra production work by the Edge. “I knew that Jay would be able to tell a story, and that Bono would be able to sing and bring it home. The last component that I added was Rihanna, and she’s kinda like the angel that’s on the track, softening it up and giving it that caring feeling, because this hook is so powerful.”
The song will debut with a live performance on Friday night’s multi-network telethon for Haiti, and will soon be released as a single on iTunes, according to Swizz Beatz.

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