Charity Song of the Month:

One of the most moving moments to come out of the star-studded One Love Manchester concert on June 4 was Ariana Grande’s rendition of The Wizard of Oz anthem “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”  The song’s hopeful message about trying to find a safe place fit perfectly for an event that was a direct response to the terror attack which took place at a Grande concert in Manchester, UK on May 22, leaving 22 dead and 116 injured. Proceeds from the live single will go towards the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund (administered by the British Red Cross) to support victims of the terror attack. —Aaron Brophy
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Montreal electro-indie rockers Young Galaxy hand out a lyrical warning on their newest single "Stay For Real." Backed by a firm mid-period Depeche Mode beat, singer Catherine McCandless repeats "Everything's changing/But we've got to stay for real." Nobody will question the band's "realness" considering they've teamed up with the Arcade Fire-connected Plus One organization to donate proceeds from the song to defending marginalized peoples through rights organizations Pivot Legal Society (Canada), American Civil Liberties Union (USA), and Women Against Violence Europe (EU). Buy it here. —Aaron Brophy


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Arcade Fire's newest song "I Give You Power" is a not-so-subtle message to new U.S. President Donald Trump. The Canadian-based indie rock band, which has two American members, Win and Will Butler, teamed with legendary soul singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples for the thumping industrial groover which was released the evening before Trump's inauguration. The song features the alternating lines "I give you power/I can take it away" and all proceeds from it will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union, which protects First Amendment rights. Buy it here. —Aaron Brophy

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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

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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

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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, a non-partisan organization that encourages young people to register to vote. Buy the song here.Aaron Brophy


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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

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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

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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.

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“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