Friday’s two-hour Hope For Haiti Now telethon raised roughly $58 million by the following day, which MTV noted is a new record for donations made by the general public through a disaster-relief telethon. That figure, however, only included donations made by telephone, texting and online. Large private donations and money given by corporations have yet to be calculated.
Also yet to be tallied up are the sales figures for the accompanying Hope For Haiti Now digital album of the telethon’s live musical performances. So far the collection has topped the iTunes chart in 18 countries.
Justin Timberlake, who New York magazine’s Vulture Blog labeled “the biggest surprise, and arguably the best performance of the night” indeed does appear to be the clear cut favorite from the event (at least in the U.S.), as his and Matt Morris’ cover of “Hallelujah” has been lodged at #2 on the iTunes singles chart (just behind Taylor Swift’s Valentine’s Day soundtrack tune “Today Was A Fairytale”).
Coming in after JT from the telecast is Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock and Keith Urban’s rendition of “Lean On Me,” at #12, while Swift is at #22 with “Breathless.”
Here’s Justin doing “Hallelujah” at the Hope For Haiti Now benefit with Matt Morris, his onetime co-star on The Mickey Mouse Club:
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