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"Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)"
Single by Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge, and Rihanna
from the album Hope for Haiti Now
Released 23 January 2010
(see release history)
Recorded January 2010
Genre Hip hop, R & B, rock
Length 4:20
Writer(s) Shawn Carter, Robyn Fenty, Bono, The Edge, Swizz Beatz
Producer Swizz Beatz, Declan Gaffney
Jay-Z singles chronology
"Young Forever"
(2009)
"Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)"
(2010)
Rihanna singles chronology
"Redemption Song"
(2010)
"Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)"
(2010)
"Rude Boy"
(2010)

"Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)" is a song performed by Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge, and Rihanna.[1] It is a charity single for the Hope for Haiti Now campaign[2] and was released on 23 January 2010, in the wake of the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake.

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Background

The genesis of the song came with Jay-Z collaborator Swizz Beatz sending simultaneous text messages to Jay-Z and Bono.[3] They agreed to collaborate on a single, and Bono wrote the hook for "Stranded" while on the phone with Beatz.[3] The latter said, "The idea of the song is 'We're not gonna leave you stranded' and that's what the chorus is. So me and Bono started going back and forth with ideas, and he was like, 'You know this word stranded keeps standing out to me' and I asked him to sing it, and he put me on hold 'cause he's recording the ideas on a Dictaphone — so he did it there and then on the phone."[3] Bono and The Edge then did further writing work on it together.[4]

The recording was done over diverse geographic locations and melded together, with The Edge helping out with extra production work.[3] Beatz then added Rihanna into the effort, later saying, "I knew that Jay would be able to tell a story, and that Bono would be able to sing and bring it home. The last component that I added was Rihanna, and she's kinda like the angel that's on the track, softening it up and giving it that caring feeling, because this hook is so powerful."[3] The final recording was produced by Beatz and Declan Gaffney.[5][4]

In the song, Jay-Z narrates the tale, invoking questions of religion and government while urging action and resolve:[4]

When the sky falls and the earth quakes
We gonna put this back together
We won't break.

Bono and Rihanna sing the vocal hook, with Rihanna taking the lead.[4][6]

Promotion and release

"Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)" was debuted and first performed live in London on 22 January 2010, and was shown hours later as part of the Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief‎ telethon.[7][3] The performance also featured The Edge on guitar and was one of the more upbeat ones of the event.[4]

"Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)" was released to the UK iTunes Store on 23 January 2010. All profits from the sales will go towards the Hope For Haiti Now campaign. It is Rihanna's second charity single for the Haiti campaign (a take on "Redemption Song" being the first). Also, an album Hope for Haiti Now, including the live performance and the studio version, was released to iTunes on the same date.[4]

Reception

The New York Times felt that the artists behind "Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)" deserved credit for creating an original song for the occasion but that the results were of mixed quality: "The sound was muddy, and the concept undercooked, but it was an implicit acknowledgment that a situation this dire demanded something more than squeezing meaning out of a pre-existing song that lacks it."[8] Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times said the song's performance was the most newsworthy of the event, and described its musical flavoring as partly derived from the 1995 U2 side project Passengers and partly derived from modern rap.[6] The Hartford Courant described it as the most high-powered combination of the telethon, but said that Bono did not seem fully integrated into the performance.[9]

Chart performance

On 27 January 2010, the song debuted on the Norwegian Singles Chart at Number 6. It also debuted at Number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and Number 6 on the Canadian Hot 100.[1] On 28 January 2010, 'Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)' debuted on the Irish Singles Chart at Number 3. The following day, the song made yet another appearance, this time on the Swedish Singles Chart at Number 3. On 31 January 2010, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at Number 41 and UK Indie Chart at Number 3. It has also made appearances on the Belgian Singles Charts, Danish Singles Chart, Finnish Singles Chart and Spanish Singles Chart with all of the positions currently peaking within the top 40.

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[10] 10
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[11] 39
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[11] 25
Canadian Hot 100[1] 6
Danish Singles Chart[11] 36
Eurochart Hot 100[12] 26
Finnish Singles Chart[11] 14
Irish Singles Chart[13] 3
Chart (2010) Peak
position
Italian Singles Chart[14] 10
Norwegian Singles Chart[11] 6
Spanish Singles Chart[11] 30
Swedish Singles Chart[11] 3
UK Indie Chart[15] 3
UK Singles Chart[16] 41
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 16

Release history

Country Date Format
Worldwide 23 January 2010 Digital download

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Hot 100". Billboard. Week of February 6, 2010. http://www.billboard.com/#/charts/hot-100?begin=11&order=position. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 
  2. ^ "Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief". Hope For Haiti Now. https://www.hopeforhaitinow.org/Default.asp. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Hiatt, Brian (2010-01-21). "Inside the Recording of Bono and Jay-Z’s Haiti Single 'Stranded'". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2010/01/21/inside-the-recording-of-bono-and-jay-zs-haiti-single-stranded/. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Reid, Shaheem (2010-01-22). "Jay-Z, U2, Rihanna Team Up For Haiti Telethon". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1630343/20100122/jay_z.jhtml. 
  5. ^ "'Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)' raising funds for Haiti". U2.com. http://www.u2.com/news/title/stranded-haiti-mon-amour-to-raise-funds-for-haiti-. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 
  6. ^ a b Powers, Ann (2010-01-23). "Shining moments in Haiti telethon". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-fg-haiti-telethon23-2010jan23,0,2144422.story. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  7. ^ "Stars line up for Haiti benefit concert". BBC News. 2010-01-22. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8475971.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 
  8. ^ Caramanica, Jon (2010-01-23). "In Song, Trying to Convey the Scope of a Tragedy". The New York Times. http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/23/in-song-trying-to-convey-the-scope-of-a-tragedy/. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  9. ^ Catlin, Roger (2010-01-23). "'Hope for Haiti Now'". The Hartford Courant. http://blogs.courant.com/roger_catlin_tv_eye/2010/01/hope-for-haiti-now.html. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  10. ^ http://www.austriancharts.at/weekchart.asp?cat=s
  11. ^ a b c d e f g "1ste Ultratop-hitquiz". Ultratop. http://www.ultratop.be/en/showitem.asp?interpret=Jay%2DZ%2C+Bono%2C+The+Edge+%26+Rihanna&titel=Stranded+%28Ha%EFti+mon+amour%29&cat=s. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  12. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/charts/european-hot-100
  13. ^ "Irish Singles Chart". The Irish Charts. http://www.irishcharts.ie/search/placement. Retrieved 21 November 2009.  Note: Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour) must be searched manually.
  14. ^ http://www.fimi.it/classifiche_digital.php
  15. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/chart/indiesingles/
  16. ^ http://www.theofficialcharts.com/top40_singles.php
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