In an attempt to raise money for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown asked Simon Cowell to arrange a charity single. Cowell chose "Everybody Hurts", Brown agreed to waive VAT on the single and R.E.M. agreed to waive all royalties. The release was under the name Helping Haiti.
A five minute promotional video (not the music video) was broadcast on ITV and STV at 20.30 on February 7. The promotional video includes footage of the performers recording their vocals (except for Carey, Cyrus, Bon Jovi and Minogue) and images and footage from the aftermath of the earthquake. The music video is directed by Joseph Kahn.
When the day is long and the night, the night is yours alone,
When youre sure you've had enough of this life, well hang on
Don't let yourself go, cause everybody cries and everybody hurts
Sometimes.... sometimes everything is wrong.
Now its time to sing along
When your day is night alone,
(hold on, hold on)
If you feel like letting go
If you think you've had too much of this life, well hang on..
Cause everybody hurts..
Take Comfort in your friends
[Jon Bon Jovi]
Don't throw your hand, oh no
Don't throw your hand.
If you feel like you're alone, no, no, no, you are not alone
If you're on your own in this life, the days and nights are long,
When you think you've had too much of this life to...
Everybody hurts, sometimes,
And everybody hurts... sometimes
And everybody hurts... sometimes, so hold on, hold on
Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, repeat to fade
The single was released both physically and digitally on February 7, 2010. It has been reported as having sold approximately 205,000 copies in its first two days in the United Kingdom, and 453,000 in its first week, making it the fastest-selling charity record of the 21st century in the UK.
Following its release in the UK and Ireland on 7 February 2010, Helping Haiti's song entered the Irish Singles Chart on February 12, 2010 at a peak position of number one. On February 14, 2010, the single also entered the UK Singles Chart at number one.
Released February 7, 2010
Recorded January 2010
Genre Pop, Charity
Label Syco Music
Producer Steve Robson