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Dark Was The Night raises big bucks for HIV/AIDS charity

on October 29, 2009, 9:05am

When good music comes together, it’s a beautiful thing. But when good music makes the world a better place, it’s even sweeter. Such is the case in the release of Dark Was the Night.

Released by the 4AD label, the charity album featuring exclusive tracks from the likes of Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, David Byrne, My Morning Jacket, and more raised over £400,000 ($668,358) for The Red Hot Organization, which does work across the globe to end the spread of HIV/AIDS. The album, released back in February, the double CD was produced by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. It’s also the 20th such album in the Red Hot series.

“…We also want to thank everyone who has bought this record – your donations amount to a very significant contribution to Red Hot’s mission fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS,” said Aaron Dessner. “The initial amount raised from sales of the album exceeded our expectations and will only continue to grow.”

You can listen to the Dark Was the Night concert, which featured Feist, The Dirty Projectors, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and others, held back in May on NPR Music.