(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Live performances from the NBC Universal benefit special, "Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope", on January 15, are available from Sony Connect at http://www.connect.com. Exclusive live tracks from the concert are available from Norah Jones, Maroon 5, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters with Eric Clapton, Sarah McLachlan, John Mayer, Annie Lennox, Elton John, Josh Groban, Lenny Kravitz, Nelly, Gloria Estefan, Brian Wilson, Kenny Chesney, Mary J. Blige and Diana Ross.
"We are thrilled with Sony's innovative way to financially support our relief effort in the midst of this crisis," said Skip Seitz, senior vice president of Growth and Integrated Development for the American Red Cross. "The humanitarian challenges connected with the tsunami in South Asia are immense, and we greatly appreciate this generous help."
"This is the first charity download ever from a telethon," said Jay Samit, General Manager of Sony Connect. "Thanks go to EMI, SONY BMG Music entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group as well as the many artists and publishers involved for supporting this effort to provide relieve to the victims of the tsunami."
"Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope" aired on NBC, the NBC Universal cable platforms, Telemundo and PAX. Sony's Connect Music Store is offering exclusive downloads of live performances from the concert. All proceeds from Tsunami Aid download sales will be donated to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, and Sony Corporation of America will match the first $100,000 raised through domestic download sales. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen