Scarlett Johansson to sing for amfAR’s AIDS benefit album
Scarlett is the lead vocals for the band Sugar for Sugar, which is composed of the actress, Julia Haltigan, Holly Miranda, and Kendra Morris.
For this album, Scarlett will give her rendition of New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle.”
Aside from Scarlett, amfAR (the Foundation for AIDS Research) also brought in popular artists like Phantogram, Metric, DNCE, and Marian Hill to contribute to the album
The album will be released on October 7 under Republic Records and Mass Appeal.
An AIDS benefit album featuring covers
The compilation album, which will have 14 tracks, is a collection of 1980s classic hits updated by contemporary artists.
Aside from Scarlett and her band, singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc will be singing Michael Jackson’s “Bille Jean,” Lower Dens will do Hall & Oates’ “Maneater,” and pop rock group DNCE will cover Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”
Meanwhile, Dita Von Teese and Sebastien Tellier will be doing Culture Club’s “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” while songwriting duo Marian Hill will give their version of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).”
amfAR’s goal in creating an AIDS benefit album
This album was created by executive producers Michelangelo Lacqua and Andy Boose, with the help of Peter Bittenbender, the CEO of Mass Appeal.
“The Time Is Now is a great example of our longstanding relationship with the music industry, and we are deeply grateful to the artists who graciously donated their time and talents to the making of this album,” said amfAR Chief Executive Officer Kevin Robert Frost.
Founded in 1985, amfAR’s goal is to end the global AIDS epidemic via innovative research. The foundation has already invested $450 million in its programs. They’ve also awarded more than 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide.
Before this album, the foundation had earlier come up with a similar musical effort in 1985 with Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder singing their rendition of the song, “That’s What Friends Are For.”
That song hit Billboard’s number one single for 1986 and generated millions of dollars for AIDS research.
“With continued support for HIV research, and we are confident that we will ultimately find a cure for the millions of people living with HIV/AIDS today,” Frost said.
Check out Scarlett’s vocals and Sugar for Sugar’s rendition of New Order’s song below: