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Michael Stipe and Peter Gabriel charity Earth Day tracks are available now

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Friday, April 22 is Earth Day, so here's a reminder that you can score some unique and rare tracks today -- and fight the global climate crisis at the same time.

As previously reported, Michael Stipe has teamed with legendary producer Brian Eno for a new single called "Future if Future," which is one of about 100 songs that are available today with sales benefiting groups focused on raising awareness and fighting climate change.

In addition to the Stipe track, you'll also find a never-before-released version of Peter Gabriel's classic 1982 track "Shock the Monkey," as well as a version of Coldplay's "Humankind" recorded live in Mexico City. There are also songs by ex-Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, Nile Rodgers and Eno himself.

Sales of the tracks benefit an organization that Eno founded, EarthPercent. Proceeds will go to organizations developing promising solutions to the climate crisis. All of the songs are now available for streaming and download at Earthpercent/bandcamp.com.

Part of EarthPercent's mission is dedicated to addressing the environmental impact of the music industry, such as lowering the carbon footprint of touring artists. EarthPercent is asking the music community and related businesses to pledge a small percentage of what they make to the cause, with a goal of raise about $100 million by 2030.

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