Arctic Monkeys to release new single through Oxfam

Mon Aug 3, 2009 7:03pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Arctic Monkeys will release their new single "Crying Lightning" through Oxfam shops, with proceeds going to help the charity's work around the world, Oxfam said on Tuesday.

The limited-edition 7," the first single from their new album "Humbug," goes on sale at Oxfam's 700 charity shops on August 17. It marks the first time Oxfam shops have sold a new release single for 25 years.

The 'Crying Lightning' 7" features a cover of the Nick Cave classic "Red Right Hand" as a B-side. Each single will cost 2.99 pounds ($5.01) and come with a download code allowing fans to get an MP3 version of the songs for free.

Domino Records and Arctic Monkeys urged fans to bring any unwanted albums or singles to their local Oxfam shop when they pick up a copy of their single.

Oxfam shops sell around 6 million pounds ($10 million) worth of music each year, enough to fund its projects in Indonesia for a year, buy 187,000 emergency shelters, or provide safe water for 8 million people.

Oxfam has also been involved in music festivals such as Glastonbury and Live8 as well as its own festival Oxjam, which has featured more than 36,000 musicians including Jarvis Cocker, Fatboy Slim and Hot Chip.

"Humbug" goes on sale on August 24 and Arctic Monkeys are set to headline the Reading and Leeds festivals on August 28 and 29.

There will also be a 10" release, available in record stores, featuring B-sides 'Red Right Hand' and a new original song 'I Haven't Got My Strange'.

(Reporting by Alex Wainwright; Editing by Paul Casciato)

<p>Lead singer Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys performs during the All Points West music festival at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey August 1, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Thayer</p>