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A new version of Original of the Species, recorded by Bono and Edge, features on a benefit CD produced by Every Mother Counts, raising funds to support maternal healthcare worldwide.

The 19-track CD, which includes songs by Paul Simon and Edie Brickell, Lauryn Hill, Eddie Vedder, David Bowie, Patti Smith and Coldplay, is on sale through Starbucks and $8 of every sale will be invested in life-saving maternal health programmes worlwide.

A woman dies every 90 seconds from complications in pregnancy but 90% of these deaths are preventable. While these deaths devastate children, families, and communities,  maternal mortality is an issue that many people don't notice. Christy Turlington Burns founded Every Mother Counts to boost awareness of this crisis and - and of solutions which will improve life for women worldwide. She was inspired by her own experiences and the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goal to reduce maternal mortality by 75% by 2015.

Every Mother Counts 2012, the second album to be released for the organization, is available exclusively at Starbucks during May in celebration of Mother’s Day.

'I went to friends first, as I did with the first CD,' Christy told Rolling Stone. 'Bono and Chris Martin were great supporters of the project the first time around, and when I knew I wanted to include men on this album they were obvious choices. They are also both fathers to daughters.'

Speaking about 'Original of the Species', she said, 'Bono wrote the song with his daughters in mind. It's wishful and imparts the idea that, 'I'm here and I'm watching you take your steps forward and I'm supporting your independence, but at the same time, I don't want you to make mistakes.' Any parent can relate to that.'

Find out more about Every Mother Counts.

Get your copy of the CD.

COMMENTS

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musicabona
14 May, 2012
Very special
This cd is a great project to support the health of pregnant women and the release around Mother;s Day is a suitable appreciation to those who dedicate their unconditional love and time to their children. With its playful sounds and heartfelt lines, Original Of The Species is a wonderful song, expressing the essential message that every human being is unique and worth being loved.
augustoultraviolet
11 May, 2012
feliz cumple bono!
happy birthday bono! beautiful day! from argentina
chemitau2
10 May, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM MEXICO
Bono happy birthday
gpresa
10 May, 2012
FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS
BONO TE DESEO UN FELIZ CUMPLEÑOS ERES UN GRAN SER HUMANO GRACIAS POR SER TU HAPPY BIRDHDAY FROM MEXICO CITY
210tonyman
10 May, 2012
52 years ago, your first cry..was a joyf
Yes you were born to sing for us all! A Magnificent Birthday 2U
vivianne55
10 May, 2012
vis4vertigo
may all the joy your bring to others return to you today...happiest birthday dear bono!
cardenal rojo
10 May, 2012
Feliz Cumpleaños Bono !!!! HBD My Fri
Happy birthday my friend, no, i wanna say my brother. You and the other tree guys are mi inspiration to face this hard life who God gave me. salU2 Miguel Angel
madzia
10 May, 2012
MML TO BONO
Happy Birthday Bono, I wish you all the best, you are all my soul. Thank you, Magdalena z Polski
nestitor
10 May, 2012
TAURUS
We ROCK!!!:)
BEALPA
10 May, 2012
Parabéns - Congratulations
Parabéns Paul Hewson. Muitos anos de vida e de concertos é o que te desejo! Happy Birthday Paul Hewson. Long life full of concerts are my wishes, from Portugal!
poptart0206
10 May, 2012
Greatest icon of our time
Happy Birthday to the love of my life.....still got it babe :)
bonoheart
10 May, 2012
HELLO GREAT MAN!!!
Happy birthday Bono! I'm sure you'll have a really nice and great day together with all your family and friends! So..let's the party start!!! Avery big big hug and a kiss!!!
labetha
10 May, 2012
Happy Birthday!
Best wishes to Bono and Jordan on their special day!!!
Alessandrabr
10 May, 2012
Happy Birthday Bono!
Happy Birthday Bono! Love... Alessandra - Brasília - Brazil
craigb
10 May, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAT
happy birtHDAY BONO U2 ROCKS BEST BAND EVER
verstraete
10 May, 2012
from the south of France
Happy bithday ! go bless you and your familly !!
Sabke
10 May, 2012
Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday Bono. Let love rule you heart and mind for the next 52 years :-)))
jaybone21
10 May, 2012
Happy Birthday Bono!!!
Happy birthday! It's been almost a year since the U2360 show in Moncton, and I still think about that magical night! It wasn't just a concert; it was an experience! Thank you for coming to our little city in Atlantic Canada!
AdamU2Fan6578
10 May, 2012
Bono's Birthday
Happy Birthday Bono:), you're one of the few... Greetings from the Czech Republic:)
resi
10 May, 2012
Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday Bono, enjoy the day.
cidamary
10 May, 2012
Party in São Paulo - Brazil for Bono...
Happy Birthday Bono, God bless you. Thank you for so much joy, friendship and love forever and ever, once again Happy Birthday, kisses a lot
RRAMON
10 May, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM PERU
FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS BONO!!! RECUERDA Q TE ESTAMOS ESPERANDO EN LIMA-PERU PARA UN CONCIERTAZO... DIOS TE BENDIGA
Drvet
10 May, 2012
Happy B-day
Happy birthday and all the best to magnificent man...
Danielle Langelier
10 May, 2012
Bonne fête Bono !
Je te souhaite une super belle journée de fête ! J'espère que U2 reviendra bientôt à Montréal ! Love you so much xxx Danielle
falke
10 May, 2012
Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday Bono. Thanks for all the inspiration over the years. God bless.
Reba
10 May, 2012
birthday
Happy birthday to the sexiest man alive!
Cessna71g
10 May, 2012
5/10
Happy birthday Bono! You are my role model! i look up to you in every way! i appreciate what you have done for the world! Without you, this world wouldnt be the same, it would be very hectic. Bono, you, and the rest of U2, are literally the greatest people that have ever lived! you all inspire me to do service for my community and help me to change the community that i live in! i hope i one day get the chance to meet you, and hopefully the rest of your band! much thanks for all you have done, said, and sung! - Chris West Lehi, Utah
aldaconde
10 May, 2012
5/10
Happy birthday Bono!
Gina71
10 May, 2012
It's your day
Happy Birthday, Bono. Enjoy your day and with your oldest daughter too who celebrates this day with you!
dana510
10 May, 2012
Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday Bono......I share this birth date with you and always say a little blessing for you on my birthday. Wishing you and yours a great year. Thank you for all you do....you're a remarkable person. Dana xox
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