A charity compilation featuring songs by Arcade Fire, David Byrne and Feist, among others, has raised over £400,000 ($662,370) for charity.
The album, "Dark Was The Night," was released internationally in February this year by U.K. independent label 4AD with 100% of the profits raised from its sale going to AIDS organisations around the world through the Red Hot Organization. Profits from future sales will continue to be donated to charity.
In addition to Arcade Fire, Feist and David Byrne, other artists who contributed exclusive tracks to the record included Bon Iver, Cat Power, The Decemberists, Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, My Morning Jacket, The New Pornographers, Spoon, and Sufjan Stevens. "Dark Was The Night" was produced by Aaron and Bryce Dessner from Brooklyn-based band The National.
"We want to thank all of the artists and everyone at 4AD again for helping us make Dark Was The Night happen," said Aaron Dessner in a statement. "We also want to thank everyone who has bought this record -- your donations amount to a very significant contribution to Red Hot's mission fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS. The initial amount raised from sales of the album exceeded our expectations and will only continue to grow."
The Red Hot Organization is an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS. "Dark Was The Night" was the 20th release in the Red Hot album series and also marked the 20th anniversary of the organization's existence.
John Carlin, founder of the Red Hot Organization, added in a statement: "The current economic crisis has put many worthy AIDS charities at great risk, so this money could not have come at a better time."
He continued: "Dark Was The Night" encapsulated the spirit and creativity of a new generation of musicians whose work struck a chord and got people to actually purchase the album and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight AIDS."