Tuesday 24 April 2018

Bono: Our new single will raise €10m for charity… but will be free

U2 will to give away the proceeds of a new song to help the fight against Aids.
U2 will to give away the proceeds of a new song to help the fight against Aids.

By Aishling Phelan

ROCKSTAR Bono said he was delighted the band’s new single will donate an estimated €10m to aids charities in Africa.


Speaking to The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk from Davos he said, ‘‘I was very delighted when the Bank of America agreed to contribute a dollar for every download.’’


‘‘They’ve committed ten million overall and that ten million which was announced yesterday pushes RED to a quarter of a billion raised in the last seven years. It’s kind of unbelievable,’’ he said.


Rock superstars U2 will give away their new single for free during the American Football Superbowl final next month.


The single will be made available for free on iTunes for the first 24 hours following the iconic championship games.


For each download during that time, the Bank Of America will donate $1 (73c) to a maximum of $2m (€1.4m) to the Global Fund To Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.


‘‘One of the things that’s changing the landscape of poverty in Africa is that Africans are taking charge of all this, they’re telling us what to do,’’ he explained.


The move is expected to generate more than €1m.


They will unveil the track called 'Invisible' on February 2 when it features in a US TV ad for fundraising partnership (RED).


The band, expected to release a new album shortly, will provide life-saving treatment to tens of millions of people in poor countries.


Bono joined Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Finance Minister Michael Noonan at an IDA Ireland annual dinner at Davos which was attended by 25 executives, many of them representing companies that have invested in Ireland.


Asked what he said on Ireland’s behalf the rock star said, ‘‘I don’t think it was what I had to say that was really important, being in the room, I brought Sheryl Sandberg with me and she’s just an unbelievable woman.’’


The Facebook chief reaped praise on Ireland and is one of the youngest billionaires in the world.

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