Maroon 5 is adding festive fuel to 'Make Some Noise,' Amnesty International's ground-breaking global music venture, with the release of 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over).'
'Make Some Noise' features top international artists recording contemporary versions of John Lennon classics.
The track is available as an online download beginning today via www.amnesty.org/noise; the LA-based quintet's single will be the fifth Lennon classic to be released through the 'Make Some Noise' initiative.
Originally recorded by Lennon in 1971, 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' joins The Black Eyed Peas' 'rousing version of 'Power to the People'; Snow Patrol's rendition of 'Isolation'; and 'Love' performed by The Cure. The Postal Service's interpretation of 'Grow Old With Me,' aims to bring an awareness of human rights to a new generation.
Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5, says, "It was pure magic to record such an incredible track, which I grew up with, and I'm thrilled that it's now a 'Make Some Noise' track. Lennon stood for so much, and it's a privilege to ensure his music and messages reach out to people at such a poignant time of the year."
Further top artists' recordings of iconic Lennon tracks, including an interpretation of a renowned classic by Avril Lavigne, will be released in early 2006 -- either as single downloads, or as part of a download compilation album.
'Make Some Noise' follows Yoko Ono's generous donation of the rights to John Lennon's solo songbook to Amnesty International in 2003, and the organization aims to attract one million new supporters worldwide through the venture.