June 12, 2007
Warner Music México
11 June 2007
Rock music, Pop music
Jeff Ayeroff, Larry Cox & Bill Shipsey (Executive Producers) Helen Garrett, Vanessa Moss, Robin Raj, Karen Schneider & Julie Yannatta (Co-Executive Producers) Individual Song Production Credits Listed Below
Instant Karma: All‑Time, Peace - Love & Truth, Working Class Hero: The, Wonsaponatime, The 30th Annual John Len
Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur is a compilation album of various artists covering songs of John Lennon to benefit Amnesty International's campaign to alleviate the crisis in Darfur. The album and campaign is part of Amnesty International's global "Make Some Noise" project.
The rights to Lennon's songs and music publishing royalties were donated to Amnesty International by Yoko Ono. Amnesty International utilized the songs to start the "Make Some Noise" project, which later led to the subsidiary campaign "Instant Karma." Eventually, enough momentum was achieved through the project to amount to an album.
This album will be used to harness the power of Lennon's music to inspire a new generation of activists to stand up for human rights.
"It's wonderful that, through this campaign, music that is so familiar to many people of my era will now be embraced by a whole new generation," Ono says. "John's music set out to inspire change, and in standing up for human rights, and selling more records, we really can make the world a better place."
Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International U.S.A., added, "We know music's power to unite and inspire people. With hundreds of thousands dead, millions driven from their burned out villages and rape being used as a tactic in the Darfur conflict, the world needs a mass mobilization demanding action and justice. The "Instant Karma" campaign combines John Lennon's passionate desire for us to imagine a more peaceful world with Amnesty International's expertise in achieving justice. "Instant Karma" allows ordinary people to lend their hand in saving lives—a notion we think would make John proud."
"John Lennon was not just a famous Beatle, he was the social conscience of his generation," says Jeff Ayeroff, one of the album's executive producers. "By reinterpreting his music and reintroducing it to a new generation, we shine a light on the darkness that is Darfur. Yoko Ono's gift of John's music to Amnesty International, whose work points out the pain and injustice in the world, is a true beacon of light. Give peace a chance is all we are saying."
Proceeds from CD and digital sales will support Amnesty International and its campaign to focus attention and mobilize activism around the urgent catastrophe in Darfur, and other human rights crises. It was released in the U.S. on June 12 and the U.K. on June 25, 2007.
The digital version of the album made it to #1 on iTunes in Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Denmark and Luxembourg. The physical album made it to #1 in Ireland and Mexico. As of July 13, 2007 it had certified Gold Status in Italy and Ireland. As of July 11, 2007, the album has sold 107,689 copies in the US.
Borders Exclusive Bonus Tracks
(Only available on the special edition of the album courtesy of Borders on Disc Two)
iTunes Digital Bonus Tracks
(Only available for download on the expanded iTunes edition of the album)
All songs written by Lennon except "Oh, My Love" & "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" written by Lennon/Ono
The Complete Recordings
On October 8, 2007, iTunes released 'Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur (The Complete Recordings).
- Nobody Told Me - Abdel Wright
- Give Peace a Chance - Aerosmith ft. Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
- Imagine - Afroreggae
- No. 9 Dream - a-ha
- Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - Angelique Kidlo with Naima
- Love - Audrey de Montigny
- Imagine - Avril Lavigne
- Oh Yoko - Barenaked Ladies
- Beautiful Boy - Ben Harper
- Woman - Ben Jelen
- Nobody Told Me - Big & Rich
- Power to the People - Black Eyed Peas
- Mother - Christina Aguilera ft. Bigelf
- I'm Losing You - Corinne Bailey Rae
- Watching the Wheels - David Usher
- Jealous Guy - Deftones
- Power to the People - Dj Emjay & The Atari Babies
- Hold On - DobaCaracol
- Instant Karma - Duran Duran
- Oh My Love - Elvira Nikolaisen
- Mother - Emmanuel Jal
- Mind Games - Eskimo Joe
- I Don't Want to Face It - The Fab Faux
- Look At Me - Finger Eleven
- (Just Like) Starting Over - The Flaming Lips
- Beautiful Boy - Freshly Ground
- Mind Games - Gavin Rossdale
- Working Class Hero - Green Day
- Imagine - Jack Johnson
- God - Jack's Mannequin ft. Mick Fleetwood
- Oh, My Love - Jackson Browne
- Gimme Some Truth - Jaguares
- Gimme Some Truth (Spanish) - Jaguares
- Gimme Some Truth - Jakob Dylan ft. Dhani Harrison
- Imagine - James Stewart
- Imagine - Josh Groban
- Jealous Guy - K-OS
- Bless You - Leeroy
- Cold Turkey - Lenny Kravitz
- Whatever Gets You Thru the Night (Peu Importe Si tu Passe la Nuit) - Les Trois Accords
- Whatever Gets You Thru the Night - Los Lonely Boys
- I'm Losing You - Madrugada
- Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - Maroon 5
- Watching the Wheels - Matisyahu
- Imagine - Me'Shell Ndegeocello
- Borrowed Time - O.A.R.
- Woman - Paddy Casey
- Grow Old With Me - The Postal Service
- Working Class Hero - Racoon
- Real Love - Regina Spektor
- No.9 Dream - R.E.M.
- Well Well Well - Rocky Dawuni
- Isolation - Snow Patrol
- Love - The Cure
- One Day at a Time - The Raveonettes
- Instant Karma - The Sheer
- Instant Karma - The Waking Eyes
- Working Class Hero - Tina Dickow
- Instant Karma - Tokio Hotel
- John Sinclair - Trevor Menear
- Instant Karma - U2
- Give Peace a Chance - The Voices of Asia
- Crippled Inside - Widespread Panic
- Imagine - Willie Nelson
- Oh, My Love - Yellowcard
- Jealous Guy - Youssou N'Dour
Over 50 artists participated in the "Instant Karma" campaign for the "Make Some Noise" campaign around the world. Some of these covers are available for download on the international Make Some Noise website, but will not be featured on the album.
These covers include (in release date order):
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