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ONE WORLD, ONE ALBUM (UPDATE)

Global Citizen's One World: Together at Home festival is a wrap... and now a 79-song album is available via all major DSPs (the services note the album is via the Global Poverty Project). Proceeds from streaming of the set benefit the World Health Organization fund.

A number of songs performed during the event are now reacting at iTunes, notably "Rainbow" by MCA Nashville's Kacey Musgraves (Top 10) and Taylor Swift's "Soon You'll Get Better" (on Republic, Top 15). Sheryl Crow's star-studded "Threads" (Big Machine), meanwhile, released last year, has risen to #3 on the album side and Monkeywrench/Republic's Pearl Jam has moved up to #12 there with Gigaton following Eddie Vedder's performance of "River Cross" on the show.


The event had two parts, an online streaming portion here, and the televised special on all major networks which drew 20.7m linear TV viewers in the U.S. Here's our running commentary: 

There's a feeling akin to that of Live Aid back in 1985, where there's a sense that many people around the world are watching simultaneously, although this time it's not all on TV, but instead on a mosaic of online sites, apps and devices. Another distinction is that, as host Jameela Jamil explained at the start of today's broadcast, this event is technically not a fundraiser, since the money has already been raised by donations from corporations and philanthropists.

Andra Day kicked off the performances, some of which appear to be live and some pre-recorded from artists' respective homes, with an inspired a cappella rendition of her song "Rise Up." Next up, Niall Horan sang "Black & White," followed by SOFI TUKKER's "Purple Hat," Hozier and Marren Morris teamed up for "The Bones," and Adam Lambert covered Tears For Fears' "Mad World." The volume of live comments from all over the world scrolling by on the YouTube feed is amazing.

Rita Ora performed "Lonely Together," Jack Black dancercized in his backyard, Kesha sang "Rainbow," Lang Lang and Gina Alice Redlinger gave a piano recital, Luis Fonsi performed "No Me Doy Por Vencido," Jennifer Hudson sang "Memory," Liam Payne contributed "Midnight," Black Coffee and Delilah Montague performed "Drive," The Killers delivered "Mr. Brightside," Milky Chance performed "Stolen Dance," Charlie Puth sang an eerily relevant "See You Again," Jessie Reyez sang "Coffin," Picture This performed their new song "Troublemaker" for the first time live from Iceland, Jessie J sang "Flashlight," and Common rapped "The Light."

Ben Platt sang The Beatles' "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," Delta Goodrem performed "Together We Are One" from Australia, Annie Lennox offered up "I Saved the World Today," Sheryl Crow sang "I Shall Believe," Juanes performed "Mas Futuro Que Pasado" from Columbia, Ellie Goulding sang "Love Me Like You Do," Christine and the Queens contributed "People, I've Been Sad" from Paris, Zucchero performed "Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime," Jack Johnson sang "Better Together" from his front steps, Kesha returned to sing "Praying," Cassper Nyovest performed "Malome," Adam Lambert sang "Superpower," FINNEAS delivered "Let's Fall in Love for the Night," and The Killers performed their new single "Caution."

Jess Glynne sang "I'll Be There," Michael Bublé covered the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows," Liam Payne and Rita Ora dueted on "For You," Common kept it real with "God Is Love," Christine and the Queens sang "Mountains (We Met)," Picture This performed "Winona Ryder" and suggested that if she is watching she should stay home and wash her hands, Juanes returned to perform "Es Por Ti," Charlie Puth sang his hit "Attention," Leslie Odom Jr. and Nicolette Robinson teamed up for "Brown Skin Girl," Billy Ray Cyrus dedicated "Sunshine Girl" to all the ladies on the frontlines, Ellie Goulding returned with "Burn," and Sheryl Crow sang "Every Day Is a Winding Road."

Hozier performed "Take Me To Church," Angèle sang "Balance Ton Quoi," SuperM joined forces for "With You," Luis Fonsi sang his global hit "Despacito," Jessie J returned with "Bang Bang," Lady Antebellum performed "What I'm Leaving For" from Tennessee and Florida, Annie and Lola Lennox teamed up for "There Must Be An Angel," Niall Horan sang "Slow Hands," John Legend performed "Bigger Love," event curator Lady Gaga offered her greetings to viewers, and Jennifer Hudson sang Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."

Now onto the televised show, which was opened by hosts Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel. Lady Gaga performed "Smile," Stevie Wonder paid tribute to the late Bill Withers with "Lean On Me," Paul McCartney played "Lady Madonna" interspersed with photos of first responders on the frontlines, Kacey Musgraves performed "Rainbow," Usher spoke about charities No Kid Hungry and the CDC Response Fund, and David and Victoria Beckham thanked health care workers and intro'd Elton John, who sang "I'm Still Standing." 

Fallon and The Roots covered Men Without Hats' "Safety Dance," Maluma performed "Carnaval," Chris Martin of Coldplay played "Yellow" in the video clip that started the Together At Home series several weeks ago, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes dueted on "What A Wonderful World," Beyonce thanked the workers making it possible for many of us to stay at home, especially African American workers who make up a large segment of the essential workforce, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam performed "River Cross" on a vintage organ, LL Cool J thanked essential workers, Lizzo sang "A Change Is Gonna Come," and The Rolling Stones played "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

Fallon, Colbert and Kimmel shouted out the important work of the World Health Organization, former First Ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush expressed gratitude to medical professionals and first responders, Keith Urban played Stevie Winwood's "Higher Love," accompanied by a pair of digital clones of himself on additional guitars, Melinda and Bill Gates spoke about potential vaccines, Burna Boy performed "African Giant" and "Hallelujah," Oprah Winfrey shouted out Nelson Mandela and spoke of acts of courage from those on the frontlines, Jennifer Lopez sang "People," J. Balvin gave hygiene tips, Priyanka Chopra Jonas talked about the challenges of social distancing and sanitation in refugee camps, and John Legend and Sam Smith teamed up on "Stand By Me." 

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day sang "Wake Me Up When September Ends," Billie Eilish and FINNEAS performed "Sunny," Pharrell Williams spoke about the importance of teachers and schools for kids, Taylor Swift sang a heartfelt "Soon You'll Get Better" and, for the grand finale, Gaga was joined by Celine Dion, John Legend, Lang Lang on piano, and Andrea Bocelli for his 1999 song "The Prayer." 

 

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