It would be the first-ever album to go #1 based solely on digital sales.


Digital-Only Release Could Debut at #1 on
Sales From iTunes, Amazon
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief is breaking all sorts of records.

Friday night’s telethon raised more than $57 million as of Saturday afternoon, a new mark for donations made by the general public through a disaster-relief telethon. The results include all donations made by phone, online and mobile, but does not include those made by coprporations and large private donors.

It also doesn’t include iTunes sales figures for the Hope for Haiti Now album, which logged the biggest one-day album pre-order in the Apple site’s history.

Currently, the release is the #1 iTunes album in 18 countries. The studio version of “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour),” the original track performed by Jay-Z, Bono, the Edge and Rihanna, is the #1 iTunes song in 12 countries.

Based on these figures, Hope for Haiti Now will go head-to-head with Susan Boyle for #1 on next week’s sales chart, with both albums probably in the 80-85k range. It would be the first-ever album to go #1 based solely on digital sales, mostly from iTunes, but also from Amazon.

Among the individual tracks, the best-seller is Justin Timberlake, Matt Morris and Charlie Sexton's version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," followed by Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock and Keith Urban's "Lean on Me," Taylor Swift's version of Better Than Ezra's "Breathless" and Jennifer Hudson's "Let It Be," featuring the Roots.

Hope for Haiti Now will continue accepting donations for six months via the following methods:

Online: www.hopeforhaitinow.org
Phone: 877-99-HAITI
Text: Text “GIVE” to 50555
Mail: Hope For Haiti Now Fund, Entertainment Industry Foundation/1201 West 5th Street, Suite T-700, Los Angeles, CA 90017