Saturday 18 November 2017

De Burgh charity single becomes victim of 'callous online swindle'

Ben (left) and Jamie Hazelby with singer Chris de Burgh. The brothers have recorded one of de Burgh's songs to raise funds for St Ann's Hospice in Manchester
Ben (left) and Jamie Hazelby with singer Chris de Burgh. The brothers have recorded one of de Burgh's songs to raise funds for St Ann's Hospice in Manchester
Jamie and Ben with father Paul Hazelby and their late mother Gill

Singer Chris de Burgh has unwittingly been caught up in an online swindle after a cover version of his charity single was released.

De Burgh teamed up with brothers Ben (17) and Jamie Hazelby (14) to record a version of his song 'Lonely Sky' to raise funds for St Ann's Hospice in Manchester following the death of their mother Gill from cancer.

But another cover version of their song has now been released as a 'tribute' to their record -- and people are mistakenly buying that version although none of their money will go to the hospice.

Both songs are available to download on iTunes and bosses at the music giant have now launched an investigation.

De Burgh was not contactable last night.

The song had been riding high in the iTunes download chart and had also been played on BBC's Radio One.

The other version of the single containing four separate covers, went on sale on December 22 and is now sitting 27 places higher than the original.

"It is really upsetting for Ben and Jamie and it is disrespectful to everything that they have done. We are lost for words," said Jayne Bessant, chief executive of St Ann's Hospice.

The boys' dad, Paul Hazelby (44), said: "It is completely unbelievable that somebody could be so callous.

"Somebody is making money off the back of this."

Irish Independent

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