Barack Obama has gotten plenty of love from the music industry. Did you notice all the acts that worked for him while on the campaign trail? Now, the Democratic presidential nominee has announced plans to release Yes We Can, a campaign soundtrack and ode to his slogan of change by empowering the people.
Included on the soundtrack are many familiar Obama lovers: Kanye West, Stevie Wonder and Adam Levine (of Maroon 5) all contribute. The disc, fully entitled Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement, will be sold right up until Nov. 4 as a campaign fundraiser (and afterwords as a 'fundraiser' for record company Hidden Beach Recordings).
While some musicians, including Ludacris, Will.I.Am and Dave Stewart, have already created unofficially sanctioned songs declaring their support for Obama, none of them appear on the CD. Who else has? John Mayer, John Legend, Sheryl Crow, and a new song from Malik Yusef. No official full tracklisting has been released yet.
Hidden Beach is excited to be a part of this new twist on raising money for a presidential campaign. "We had conversations quite some time ago about how to harness what was
happening really organically and naturally with so many artists,"
Hidden Beach's Steve McKeever told the Associated Press. "The whole concept
[was] how do we translate that to inspire and invigorate and also give
people a keepsake that they can own, while at the same time providing
some important capital needed for this campaign."
Not so excited? Republican nominee John McCain, who once again backfired at Obama's "celebrity" image. McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said of the project, "It's ironic that on a day when the economy is in turmoil, Barack Obama fails to release an economic plan, but instead chooses a celebrity rock plan.
Somebody get Paris Hilton on the phone, stat.
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