14/02/2010 Everybody Hurts goes to #1 on the UK singles chart
Everybody Hurts (Helping Haiti)
In an attempt to raise money for victims of the Haiti earthquake, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown asked Simon Cowell to arrange a charity single. Cowell chose "Everybody Hurts", Brown agreed to waive VAT on the single and R.E.M. agreed to waive all royalties. The release was under the name Helping Haiti.