Arctic Monkey set another music industry first with Oxfam single
Arctic Monkeys are set to record another music industry first when they release their new single, Crying Lightning, through Oxfam’s network of 700 charity shops, with proceeds going to help the charity’s lifesaving work around the world.
The limited-edition 7”, which is the first single from new album Humbug, features a cover of the Nick Cave classic Red Right Hand as a B-side, and goes on sale in every one of Oxfam’s 700 high street shops on Monday 17 August.
The release marks the first time Oxfam shops have sold a new release single for 25 years. The Crying Lightning 7” will cost £2.99, and each single will come with a download code allowing fans to get an MP3 version of the songs for free.
More than 600 Oxfam shops across the country sell second-hand music – double the total number of independent record shops in the UK. The charity sells around £6 million of music every year, enough to fund its entire programme in Indonesia for a year, buy 187,000 emergency shelters, or provide safe water for 8 million people.
Laurence Bell, founder of the Domino recording company, said: ‘Oxfam is a Great British institution and it’s a delight to be working together on this project. We encourage all customers to bring something of value to donate to the store when they come down to buy the new Arctic Monkeys single.’
Oxfam sells around 1.8 million CDs and records every year, all donated by the British public. The largest single donation was of 4,000 vinyl albums to an Oxfam shop in Devon in 2008.