SOURCE: Atlantic Records

October 14, 2008 11:28 ET

Simple Plan Reveals Worldwide Charity Single; "Save You" to Benefit International Cancer Charities; Star-Studded Companion Video Now in Production; "Save You" Goes on Sale via iTunes October 14th

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 14, 2008) - Lava/Atlantic recording group Simple Plan has announced details surrounding their upcoming iTunes Store single, "Save You." Net proceeds from each download sale will be distributed to cancer charities around the world, through the Montreal-based band's own Simple Plan Foundation. "Save You" -- which is also found on Simple Plan's self-titled third studio album -- will be released worldwide via iTunes, available in the U.S. and Canada on October 14th.

"Save You" was penned in tribute to lead singer Pierre Bouvier's brother Jay, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer at the age of 28. Thankfully now in remission, Bouvier's illness inspired the band to include cancer awareness as one of the initiatives of the Simple Plan Foundation. Thus far, the Foundation has donated over $100,000 to various charitable organizations around Canada and has raised over another $200,000 at various benefit events. In addition, Simple Plan has donated portions of their merchandise sales as well as 50 cents from each ticket sold on their recent and forthcoming tours. For full details on the charity organization, please visit

"After what happened to someone so close to us, we feel that, as a band, we had to do something to help," explain Simple Plan in a statement. "We should get involved and use our voice to make a difference in the fight against cancer."

In addition to the "Save You" single, a special companion video is currently in production. The clip will feature appearances from cancer survivors from all walks of life, including such famous faces as Sharon Osbourne, Marissa Winokur (of the original Broadway production of "Hairspray"), Barenaked Ladies' Kevin Hearn, and Saku Koivu (captain of the NHL's Montreal Canadiens).

The philanthropic effort behind "Save You" is the result of a partnership between Simple Plan, iTunes, Lava/Atlantic, and Warner/Chappell Music, the song's publisher. The donation period begins on October 14th and continues through January 31st, 2009.

On "SIMPLE PLAN," the Montreal-based combo teamed up with a truly unique line-up of production talent, including Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Mudvayne), Danja (T.I., Timbaland, Justin Timberlake), and Max Martin (James Blunt, Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne). The album -- which features the singles "When I'm Gone" and "Your Love Is A Lie" -- stands as the band's most inventive, genre-defying collection to date, a blend of classic punk energy and modern pop sonics that's both utterly distinctive and deliriously entertaining.

The album proved an international blockbuster upon its February 2008 release, reaching the #1 spot on the iTunes Store's "Top Pop Albums" chart while also scoring top 3 successes in Mexico, Brazil, Japan, and the band's native Canada. Furthermore, the album premiered in the top 10 in such far-away lands as Hong Kong, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Australia, and Germany, with top 20 debuts in Spain, Finland, and France.

"SIMPLE PLAN" is the band's fourth album overall, following 2002's RIAA 2x-platinum debut, "NO PADS, NO HELMETS... JUST BALLS," 2004's platinum-certified follow-up, "STILL NOT GETTING ANY," and 2005's "MTV HARD ROCK LIVE."

Simple Plan is: Pierre Bouvier - vocals; Chuck Comeau - drums; David Desrosiers - bass, backing vocals; Sebastien Lefebvre - guitar, backing vocals; Jeff Stinco - lead guitar.

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