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Black Eyed Peas to cover Lennon for charity

Avril Lavigne, The Cure also will perform to aid Amnesty International
/ Source: The Associated Press

The Black Eyed Peas, The Cure and Avril Lavigne are among the artists recording songs by John Lennon to raise funds for Amnesty International.

The first four tracks will be released Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day. They include the Black Eyed Peas’ version of “Power to the People,” The Cure’s take on “Love,” “Isolation” by Snow Patrol and “Grow Old With Me” by The Postal Service.

The tracks will be available as downloads from www.amnesty.org/noise.

More songs, including one by Lavigne, will be released next year as part of the “Make Some Noise” campaign, the human rights group said Thursday. A compilation album also will be released.

The campaign aims to “bring an awareness of human rights to a new generation,” said Irene Khan, Amnesty International secretary-general.

“After all, human rights are what make music possible — we wouldn’t be able to create music, listen to it or dance to it without freedom of speech, expression and association,” Khan said.

Lennon was shot dead by Mark David Chapman outside his New York apartment building on Dec. 8, 1980. His widow, Yoko Ono, donated the rights to his solo songbook to Amnesty International in 2003.