Disappointment as charity single fails to chart

By Emily Pearce

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Disappointment as charity single fails to chart

The leader of the Isle of Wight Council, Cllr David Pugh buys a copy of the charity single with, from left, Hilary Pulsford, of the Newport hospice shop, CD producer Simon Ledger, hospice fundraiser Karen Eeles, Lewis Berry, Joe Scott and Terry O'Neil. Picture by Peter Boam

IT MAY have touched the hearts of Islanders but charity single, We Are the World 2011, has failed to make an impact on the charts.

Performed by Isle of Wight Unite, a group of 25 Island musicians and singers brought together by Simon Ledger, it was released two weeks ago in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

Originally recorded by USA for Africa in 1985, the Island single went to number four in Amazon’s new releases chart, winning the support of celebrities, including Boy George and Peter Andre. But it has clocked up less than 1,000 downloads.

Musician Simon, whose father, Mike, spent his final days in the hospice, said: "The download figures are really disappointing. We needed at least 12,000 to have any chance of a chart position.

"It’s a shame people haven’t bought it as they said they would because it’s only 79p."

"If we had broken into the top 40, it would have meant so much publicity and we would have been able to raise more money for the hospice.

"We’ve got orders coming out of our ears, which is great. I think we will raise more than £4,000, maybe £5,000, so it’s still a success story."

The £3.49 CD is on sale at hospice shops. It can also be downloaded from iTunes, Amazon and other major websites. For details, visit www.isleofwightunite.com

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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