Charity Song of the Month:

The 11-year-old son of soccer star David Beckham and former Spice Girls singer, Victoria, has released a charity song, “If Every Day Was Christmas.”  “If everyday was Christmas and I can't be with you, underneath the mistletoe, kiss you when nobody knows," Cruz Beckham sings. Proceeds from the pop track go to Global's Make Some Noise, the in-house charity for eight major UK radio stations, which supports charities that help young people living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity. Cruz is managed by Scooter Braun, who guided Justin Beiber’s career to stadium status. Buy it here. - Karen Bliss

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder joins singer Sshh Liguz and guitarist Zak Starkey on the Bob Marley cover “Get Up Stand Up,” with proceeds divided between Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America, founded by The Who’s Roger Daltry; and Daltry and Pete Townshend, respectively. The song is from Issues, the charity covers album from Liguz and Starkey’s band, SSHH, for which the pair recruited players from the original recordings. This classic features Marley sideman Santa Davis on drums and Peter Tosh’s bassist Fully Fullwood. Buy it here. — Karen Bliss

It's pretty clear from "Million Dollar Loan," Death Cab For Cutie's withering new song about candidate Donald Trump's financial privilege, who they *won't* be voting for in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. The song, which debuted as part of the 30 Days 30 Songs anti-Trump project, will have a slightly less partisan side-benefit. All streaming proceeds from the song will go to The Center for Popular Democracy and its pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. Additionally, 30 Days 30 Songs is working with Headcount.org, a non-partisan organization that encourages young people to register to vote. Buy the song here.Aaron Brophy

 

Two dozen major artists — including Mary J. Blige, Jason Derulo, Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, P!nk, fun.’s Nate Ruess, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor — have come together to sing on this ballad “Hands" benefitting the victims of the Orlando massacre. The song about the good and bad that hands can do (ie. “can hold a gun and hold your heart) was co-written by Justin Tranter & Julia Michaels and BloodPop with Ely Rise; and produced by BloodPop, Mark Ronson and Tranter. Proceeds from each song sale via iTunes will be divided equally (43 cents to each) to Equality Florida, GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD. Buy it here. — Karen Bliss

A song Halifax-based rapper Classified and singer David Myles co-wrote about people who need to leave their families for long stretches to work away from home is now a charity single to raise funds for those affected by the wildfires in Fort McMurray and northern Alberta. All proceeds from the sale of "Work Away" will be donated to the Red Cross and its efforts to help people whose homes burned down or had to relocate. The song, which appears on Classified’s latest album, Greatful, also has a moving music video. Both have taken on a “completely different context with the situation in Fort McMurray,” he posted on his Facebook.  Buy the song here. — Karen Bliss

May 16 marks the sixth anniversary of legendary Dio/Rainbow/Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio's death due to stomach cancer in 2010. In 2015, a tribute album called This Is Your Life, featuring Metallica, Rob Halford, Motorhead and more, was created to support the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. One song from that album, Tenacious D's version of "The Last In Line" ended up winning the Best Metal Performance at the 2015 Grammy Awards. All proceeds from the song's sale go towards cancer prevention research. — Aaron Brophy.

“It might be rather confusing for non-Australians,” wrote Matilda the Musical composer Tim Minchin on his web site about the child abuse cover-up. Cardinal George Pell is “the most powerful dude in the Catholic Church of Australia,” he explains. Currently at The Vatican, Pell has been asked to return home by The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse but sent a doctor’s note. Minchin, known for his musical comedy, spells it out in this sarcastic pop ditty “Come Home;” whose performance video has been seen more than 1.2 million times. Proceeds go to help send the survivors to Pell, in Rome. Buy the song here. — Karen Bliss

In time for Valentine’s Day, Hozier released the subtle, but not too subtle video for his acoustic track “Cherry Wine” about the dynamics of domestic abuse. The Irish singer-songwriter, along with Columbia Records, Island Records and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, have agreed to donate their proceeds from the download sales of the single to various charity organizations around the world that provide support and assistance to victims of domestic abuse as well as do outreach work. The song appeared on his first EP in 2013 and then as a bonus track on his eponymously titled 2014 album. The video, directed by Emmy winner Dearbhla Walsh, stars Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, Brooklyn, The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Moe Dunford (Vikings, Game Of Thrones). Buy the song here. — Karen Bliss

Following a fan campaign to get Eagles of Death Metal’s 2015 version of Duran Duran’s 1982 hit “Save a Prayer” to No. 1 in the UK — a way to express their sympathy and condolences to the victims of the Paris terrorist attack where EODM was performing — Duran Duran frontman Simon LeBon tweeted that they would “donate all proceeds due to us, from this version. Considering options that are useful, peaceful & uniting.” PS. don't let the name fool you; they are not a metal band. No word yet on which charity, but publishing company Sony ATV has also confirmed it will donate its proceeds. You can buy the cover version here. — Karen Bliss

The New Zealand pop band recorded "Help Is Coming" more than 15 years ago, but it could have been written today about the Syrian refugee crisis.  “Help is coming / We sail tomorrow For Ellis Island…Dreams come true,” Neil Finn sings. More than half a million people have been crossing the Mediterranean by boat, sometimes with fatal results. All proceeds from the sale of the song go to Save The Children to help the thousands of refugee children in need of food, safe water, medicine, shelter and psychological support (minus local taxes). In Canada, at least 86-cents of the 99-cent price will go to Save the Children UK.  Buy it here. — Karen Bliss