After receiving thousands of Tweets on its official Twitter feed from fans around the world asking the band to express its support for earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan, My Chemical Romance has responded by recording the song “#SINGItForJapan,” which has been released exclusively via iTunes today, April 13th. The band and Warner Bros. Records will donate their proceeds from the song’s sales to the American Red Cross in support of its relief efforts in Japan.
The song is a re-interpretation of the band’s single, “SING,” from current album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. Produced and arranged by MCR’s guitarist Ray Toro, “#SINGItForJapan” features the talents of many different musicians who donated their time, including LA Philharmonic conductor Suzie Katayama, who has worked with Prince, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Elton John, and created the track’s orchestral arrangement. “#SINGItForJapan” (named after the Twitter hash tag fans used to express their messages of support), was recorded at Ocean Way Recording in Los Angeles, engineered and mixed by Allen Sides, and mastered by Bernie Grundman.