With donations continuing to come in from around the world, organizers of Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief announced Saturday (Jan. 23) that the event has already raised more than $57 million, a new record for donations made by the general public through a disaster relief telethon.
The preliminary figure includes donations made via phone, online and mobile. The preliminary figure does not include donations by corporations and large private donors -- or iTunes sales figures -- all of which are still being calculated.
Additionally, the Hope for Haiti Now album is the biggest one-day album pre-order in iTunes history and is currently the No. 1 iTunes album in 18 countries. The studio version of "Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)," the original track performed by Bono, the Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna during telethon, is currently the No. 1 song on iTunes in 12 nations.
Hope for Haiti Now was led by Wyclef Jean in New York City, George Clooney in Los Angeles, and CNN's Anderson Cooper in Haiti and featured performances by Jean, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira and Sting (in New York City), Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Emeline Michel and a group performance by Keith Urban, Kid Rock, and Sheryl Crow (in Los Angeles) and Beyonce, Coldplay and a group performance by Bono, the Edge, Jay-Z, and Rihanna (in London).
Hope for Haiti Now will continue accepting donations for six months via the following methods:
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
Hope for Haiti Now benefits Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, the United Nations World Food Programme, Yele Haiti Foundation, and the newly formed Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation. Proceeds from will be split among each organization's individual funds for Haiti earthquake relief.
The telethon also featured appearances by former President Bill Clinton, Ben Stiller, Brad Pitt, Chris Rock, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Jon Stewart, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks and Muhammad Ali. More than 100 of the biggest names in film, television, and music also supported Hope for Haiti Now by answering phones and taking donations.
View photos from the telethon.