SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records

May 17, 2007 00:00 ET

Madonna Writes New Song "Hey You" for Upcoming Live Earth Concert Series on July 7th

Song to Release at MSN May 16 in Downloadable MP3 Format; Microsoft Pledges Donation Making First Million Downloads Free to the Public; Warner Bros. Records to Release LIVE EARTH CD/DVD of Worldwide Shows

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 17, 2007 -- Inspired by the upcoming July 7th Live Earth series of concerts, Madonna has written a new song, "Hey You," which will be available to be downloaded in the MP3 format on Microsoft's home page, www.msn.com, on May 16. The first million downloads of "Hey You" will be free as Microsoft has pledged to donate $0.25 per download to the Alliance for Climate Protection for the first million downloads.

Madonna is scheduled to perform "Hey You" live at the Wembley Stadium Live Earth concert in London, it was confirmed by her record label, Warner Bros. Records, who have also announced that they will be releasing a live CD/DVD of the Live Earth Concert Series.

Madonna's new song, "Hey You," recorded in London, was produced by Pharrell Williams and Madonna. She is one of seventeen headliners that have been announced including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Genesis, Beastie Boys and others who will perform at Wembley as part of the 24-hour, 7-continent Live Earth Concert Series.

"On 7/7/07, Live Earth will inspire people from around the world to combat global warming with live performances from superstar artists like Madonna," Live Earth Founder Kevin Wall said. "The early release of 'Hey You' is an incredible boost to our efforts to get people engaged in the environmental cause. We are thrilled that Madonna donated her art to Live Earth and is a part of this movement for us."

Live Earth is a monumental music event on 7/7/07 that will bring together more than 100 headlining music artists and 2 billion people to launch an ongoing, mass movement to combat the climate crisis. Concerts will take place in New York; London; Sydney; Tokyo; Shanghai; Johannesburg; Rio de Janeiro; and Hamburg. Live Earth's 24 hours of music across 7 continents will deliver a call to action and the solutions needed to answer the call. Live Earth marks the beginning of a multi-year campaign led by The Alliance for Climate Protection to move individuals, corporations and governments to take action.

The concerts will be streamed live at www.liveearth.msn.com and available on CD/DVD.

Contact Information

  • For further information on the Live Earth event, please contact:

    Ken Sunshine/Janell Vantrease
    Sunshine, Sachs & Associates
    (212) 691-2800
    Vantrease@kensunshineconsultants.com

    For further information on Madonna and the Warner Bros. Records release of
    the Live Earth CD/DVD, please contact:

    Liz Rosenberg
    Warner/Reprise Records
    212-707-3256
    liz.rosenberg@wbr.com