‘Everybody Hurts’ Remake for Haiti Tops UK Chart

American Idol judge Simon Cowell‘s project for the victims and survivors of the devastating Haiti quake has shot straight to the top of the United Kingdom’s Top 40 Chart. The song, a remake of the R.E.M. hit Everybody Hurts, has sold more than 453,000 copies in its first week of release, breaking the record for a charity song in the U.K.

The song, released under the subtitle Helping Haiti, features Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Jon Bon Jovi, and Leona Lewis among others. Cowell organized the charity collaboration upon the pleading of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who waived the VAT on the single. R.E.M., on the other hand, did not ask for any royalties from the song.

Proceeds of the song will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee and The Sun’s Helping Haiti campaign, which are helping rebuild lives in the impoverished Latin American country. Martin Talbot from the Official U.K. Charts Company said Everybody Hurts-Helping Haiti “is likely to go on to be the number one single of 2010.”