American Idol winner’s single proceeds will again benefit the Red Cross

Purchases of Taylor Hick’s first single, “Do I Make You Proud” / “Takin’ It To The Streets”, which will be released Tuesday, will benefit the Red Cross, continuing a tradition started three seasons ago on American Idol.

19 Recordings Limited and Arista Records will give 25 cents per CD sold to the American Red Cross. With a street price of $3.49, that’s just over seven percent. They’ll also donate “$0.15 for every digital download sold, and $0.20 for every ringtone and ringback,” according to a press release.

This is “the fourth ‘American Idol’ single to provide financial support to the mission of the Red Cross and the people it serves. Sales of the past three recordings generated more than a quarter million dollars in donations,” the press release says.

BMG’s president Charles Goldstruck says, “With an active hurricane season predicted, what better time to continue support of their enormous efforts and everything they stand for.” In other words, if a hurricane comes and washes a city away and you didn’t buy a Taylor Hicks CD, you are a bad person.

American Red Cross to Benefit From Sale of New American Idol Taylor Hicks’ Single ‘Do I Make You Proud’ [American Red Cross press release]

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