A Belgian fund-raising recording for victims of the Asian tsunami has shipped platinum on its first day of release.

A Belgian fund-raising recording for victims of the Asian tsunami has shipped platinum on its first day of release.

"Geef een Teken" (Give a Sign) shifted 30,000 units on release today (Jan. 14), according to Universal Music Belgium. The record company has handled manufacturing and distribution of the relief single and collects proceeds on behalf of the tsunami fund here.

According to Universal Music marketing director Niels Dierckx, a net proceed of €3.50 ($4.60) from each single will be donated. The record carries an advised retail price of €5 ($6.60).

The single was recorded by 30 leading Flemish singers including Clouseau, Will Tura, Helmut Lotti, Jan Leyers and Paul Michiels. It is based on Stef Bos's 1991 release "Breek de Stilte" (Break the Silence), which the artist penned with Bob Savenberg. Bos updated the lyrics for the new song, which was recorded at Groove studios in Schelle and remastered at the Galaxy studios in Mol.

Dierckx adds that this campaign is a first in Belgium and has been meet with overwhelming success. "We get calls from retailers who explain that companies are buying 20 or more singles at a time to distribute to their staff," he says.

The release of "Geef een Teken" was also backed by the Belgian Entertainment Retail Assn., which rallied support for the single from such retailers as Free Record Shop, Fnac and Bilbo. All retailers involved with the project have agreed to donate their proceeds to the tsunami fund.

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