What happens when international superstar will.i.am remixes “My Generation,” the timeless masterpiece from The Who? The result is a new spin for the digital age that bridges the gap between generations and urges people to take action on pressing humanitarian concerns – like helping the residents of Haiti.
FLO TV Incorporated, international recording artist and producer will.i.am and iconic rock band The Who today announced that 100 percent of the proceeds of will.i.am’s full-length remix of “My Generation” will be donated to Oxfam’s Haiti Earthquake Response Fund.
“We were in the middle of a remix for a Super Bowl ad of one of the great songs of our time – ‘My Generation’ – when this tragic earthquake hit Haiti,” said will.i.am. “I was moved to do something, and I immediately reached out to Pete Townshend and FLO TV. We decided to come together to create a full-length version of the track. This version will contain additional lyrics not included in the commercial, and all proceeds from the song will go directly to benefit the people of Haiti.”
Pete Townshend adds, “I am relieved to be able to do something visible to reach out to our friends in Haiti – and I am honoured to have such a hot and credible artist like will.i.am working with ‘My Generation,’ a song I wrote back when times were changing, but maybe didn’t change enough. Will wants to bring hope to the music rather that just the angst and frustration it once carried, and he has enough life and vigour in him to pull this off. Let’s hope that it generates some cash down the year to help rebuild Haiti. Most of all let’s hope it lets the people of Haiti know that we love them and remember them and pray for them in our crazy way using music. Let’s hope the times do change soon.”
“When will.i.am suggested remixing the track to support the Haiti relief effort, we did not hesitate to support the endeavor,” said Bill Stone, president of FLO TV Incorporated. “The incredible talent of will.i.am, The Who and Slash appeal to wide audiences; our ad has created the foundation to build a fresh new single and an opportunity for fans to make a difference.”
“I think it’s incredible that will.i.am, The Who and Slash got behind the relief effort with this track,” said Peter Adderton, CEO of Agency 3.0. “Everyone involved in the project understands the significance of art benefiting humanity – UMG and Songways have agreed to forego their share for the cause, and FLO TV is graciously letting us use part of their Super Bowl spot to support Oxfam.”
“It is truly inspiring to see how will.i.am took our initial idea of having him remix ‘My Generation’ for the FLO TV Super Bowl spot and turn it into a vehicle for raising funds for Haitian relief,” said Fred Goldring, co-founder of MemBrain. “This all came together literally overnight and it would never have happened but for the generous and immediate cooperation and contributions of The Who, Slash, FLO TV, UMG, Songways, Agency 3.0 and, of course, the humanitarian heart of will.i.am.”
“Oxfam is grateful for the support of the artistic community during such trying times,” said Raymond C. Offenheiser, president, Oxfam America. The creative and generous initiative of will.i.am, Slash and The Who to support our response effort in Haiti is such an inspired way to reach more people who want to be part of the movement to change the world.”
“When we were asked by will.i.am to support the effort to turn a spot for FLO TV into a response effort, we jumped on board,” said Tom Rowland, senior vice president of film and TV music for UMG. “This joint effort demonstrates just how powerful music is in helping people around the world.”
Listeners can hear the song today at www.flo.tv or www.music.yahoo.com.
The track will also be available for purchase on Amazon.com, Dipdive.com and TheWho.com, with all proceeds benefiting Oxfam’s Haiti Earthquake Response Fund.