Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International debuted at No. 11 on The Billboard 200, with the digital and the 4-CD set selling upwards of 22,800 units combined. The 2-CD edition, sold exclusively at Starbucks, sold more than 10,200 copies, debuting at No. 38. The collection, whichsupports Amnesty International’s human rights work, will be released internationally on February 6.
In an exclusive, Miley Cyrus will perform “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” next Monday, February 6. It will be the first in a series of performances by artists from Chimes of Freedom, as Ellen pays tribute to the work of Amnesty International.
Cyrus’ video for the track been added by MTV, VH1, MTV Hits, MTV.com, GAC, CMT, CMT Pure, CMT.com, Music Choice-Video on Demand and Palladia. “Miley covers ‘You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go’ with all of the mournfulness and dusty sentiment that the classic Dylan song requires, pouring her heart into the track and giving the legend his due,” said MTV Buzzworthy, while NPR’s Ann Powersobserved that Cyrus’ “excellent outing recalls her godmother Dolly Parton.”Using her social media sites, Miley has parlayed the video – which has received more than 2,000,000 views since premiering last week – into an opportunity to engage her fans in the human rights cause.
Ziggy Marley, praised by Daily Variety for his “moving, acoustic rendition of ‘Blowin’ in the Wind,'” will appear on “Late Show with David Letterman” this Friday, February 3.
Numerous artists have supported the collection by performing their contributions to Chimes of Freedom on television, including The Avett Brothers on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” Blake Millsfeaturing Danielle Haim on “Conan” and Joe Perry on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Chimes of Freedom continues Amnesty International’s 40-year legacy of engaging with artists as champions of human rights. Beginning in 1972 when Joan Baez was inspired to devote a full year to building the Amnesty International movement on the West Coast, the organization then went on in the 1980s to stage the “Human Rights Now!” and “A Conspiracy of Hope” rock concert tours in the United States and abroad featuring Sting, U2, Pete Townshend, Tracy Chapman, Bruce Springsteen and Dylan himself, among many others. More recently, Amnesty International – through the generosity of Yoko Ono’s donation of John Lennon’s solo catalogue – released in 2007 “Instant Karma,” an album of Lennon songs by U2, Green Day and others to support its work to stop the violence in Darfur. “Instant Karma” debuted at No. 15 on The Billboard 200.
“Dylan’s ‘Chimes’ still resonates across the decades,” observed USA Today.
Rolling Stone said: “Pete Townshend’s fingerpicked ‘Corrina, Corrina’ captures the grace and grief of Dylan’s best love songs” and the Los Angeles Times praised Queens of the Stone Age’s “raw, sizzling version of ‘Outlaw Blues.'” Entertainment Weekly noted: “the best covers here come from the misfits (Kesha), the punks (check out Rise Against’s raging ‘Ballad of Hollis Brown’), the outsiders (Mexican pop star Ximena Sariñana’s excellent ‘I Want You’), and the radicals (‘With God on Our Side’ finds Somali-born Toronto rapper K’naan challenging American hawkishness as only a Canadian can)….Kronos Quartet and Philip Glass sound almost revolutionary on their gorgeous, avant-classical ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.'” In a four-star review, The Observer (UK) singled out numerous tracks, including Elvis Costello’s “dubby ‘Licence to Kill'” and Adele’s “intense piano-backed live version of ‘Make You Feel My Love.'”
Chimes of Freedom is dedicated to the thousands of people worldwide who are imprisoned or threatened for the peaceful expression of their beliefs. All of the artists and recording studios worked pro-bono to support the human rights cause.