12-12-12 live album to be released
Ready to relive all the memorable moments from "12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief" again?
Paul McCartney's surprising collaboration with the remaining members of Nirvana called "Cut Me Some Slack"? Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi doing a Jersey-riffic version of "Born to Run"? Coldplay's Chris Martin doing an acoustic version of R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" with Michael Stipe? Billy Joel's reworking of "New York State of Mind" to shoutout Breezy Point and Oceanside?
Well, you're in luck. Columbia Records plans to release a live album from Wednesday night's Madison Square Garden show on iTunes next week, with a physical version of the album following shortly after. Net proceeds from the album will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, the same organization that will receive all the proceeds from the concert, merchandise sales and the donations that followed.
Robin Hood officials were still tallying donations Thursday. However, they said the concert, which had a potential global audience of 2 billion people, had already raised more than $30 million before the show even began. The foundation plans to donate 60 percent of the money raised to charities in New York, Long Island and Connecticut and 40 percent to charities in New Jersey.
SKIRTING THE ISSUE. So who was the breakout star (not necessarily in a good way) at Wednesday's 12-12-12 concert? It was Kanye West's black leather skirt, allegedly designed by Givenchy, Newsday contributor Anne Bratskeir reports. The rapper wore it layered over skinny leather pants, with a black hoodie.
The Twittersphere ran amok with comments, and the skirt spawned its own Twitter account, @kanyesskirt, garnering more than 1,200 followers. The "skirt" tweeted, "Nothing but the finest pleather money can buy. Yeah, i'm fly."
Some wondered if it was plucked from girlfriend Kim Kardashian's closet.