Thursday, 20 November 2014


Celebrities feature in amazing interactive music video singing John Lennon classic for UNICEF campaign – and YOU can sing along with them

  • Katy Perry, Courteney Cox, Idris Elba, and among star performers
  • Celebrities take turns to sing a line from the John Lennon classic Imagine
  • Campaign gives millions the chance to record their own versions on an app
  • You even get to place yourself inside the video alongside the A-list singers
  • Every version will form part of a remix by David Guetta for New Year's Eve 
  • UNICEF celebrating 25th anniversary of Convention on Rights of the Child
Katy Perry, Nicole Scherzinger, Idris Elba, and David Guetta are among dozens of stars today launching the biggest sing-along in history – and you’re invited to join them.
The celebrities feature in an extraordinary music video singing John’s classic Imagine.
Taking it in turns to sing lines from the song, they're joined by Courteney Cox, Rumer Willis, Angelique Kidjo, Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra and model Suki Waterhouse. 
Even UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joins in, accompanied by a choir.

Biggest sing-along in history: The world is being invited to take part in an amazing interactive music video singing the classic Imagine by John Lennon (seen here with Yoko Ono) for a UNICEF campaign

UNICEF presents the worlds biggest sing-along of Imagine
The video spearheads a global campaign by UNICEF to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
UNICEF was given permission by Yoko Ono to launch #IMAGINE, which offers millions of people the chance to record their own versions of the Lennon classic using an iPhone and iPad app – and you even get to place yourself inside the video alongside the A-listers.
Anyone can join in by downloading the TouchCast app from iTunes

Inside the app, they’ll see where around the world other people have recorded their versions of Imagine and will be invited to record their own.
Using voice activation, the app captures you singing and inserts you into the campaign’s launch video alongside John Lennon and the celebrity supporters – it’s like a music video selfie.Each version shared will form part of a new remix of Imagine by David Guetta, to be released on iTunes on New Year’s Eve 2014.
Celebrities including Black Eyed Peas singer (above) take it in turns to sing lines from the song

Nicole Scherzinger also features in the video. The video spearheads a global campaign by UNICEF to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Each version shared will form part of a new remix of Imagine by David Guetta (pic), to be released on iTunes on New Year’s Eve 2014.  
Photo:Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.a

Even if there are 10 million recordings, the DJ says he’ll include them all in the unique track.
'I’m really excited to be working with UNICEF on this incredible new project. Our ‘world’ version of Imagine will be like no other – I am proud to be a part of this collaboration,' said Guetta.
'We have to get the word out that every voice counts and every child counts too.'
Rumer Willis(photo)the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore.The campaign – believed to be UNICEF’s biggest ever global campaign – launches later today with a live performance of the song at the United Nations General Assembly, by all 250 national, regional, and global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors, including Hugh Jackman, Yoko Ono, David Guetta and Angelique Kidjo.
Commenting on the campaign, Yoko Ono said: 'A dream you dream alone may be a dream, but a dream two people dream together is a reality.'
Also among the 56 performers in the campaign video are Craig David, former Voice UK coach Danny O’Donoghue, Sudanese refugee turned supermodel Mari Malek, Australian singer Cody Simpson and actors David Arquette, Eric Christian Olsen, Seth Green, Dianna Agron, and Taye Diggs.
 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,accompanied by a choir
The video was produced by TouchCast, a New York-based video technology used by the BBC, and Emmy award-winning director Michael Jurkovac, who was behind the viral video sensation Yes We Can in support of Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign.
With #IMAGINE, UNICEF hopes to bring awareness to the fact that in many countries, children have to imagine having the basic human rights that allow others of their age to be children.
UNICEF hopes to inspire people to take action to fight for global children’s rights and raise funds via donations and iTunes royalties from the song’s purchase to finance their efforts.
Donations will be used to support UNICEF’s health, education and sanitation projects in 150 countries.
'The Convention on the Rights of the Child asked us all to imagine a better world for children – and calls on all of us to make that vision a reality,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.
'The #IMAGINE project gives people across the globe a chance to join a global movement for children, lending their ideas, their visions and, not least, their voices to advance the rights of every child, everywhere.'
Participants are encouraged to share videos of ‘Imagine’ duets with the hashtags #IMAGINE and #EVERYVOICECOUNTS
Click here to visit the #Imagine/Unicef website. 
To visit the TouchCast website, click here


Regina Wilson – NY Firefighter 
Angelique Kidjo - Singer 
Nicole Scherzinger - Singer 
Cody Simpson - Singer 
Sigrid Agren - Model 
Danny O’Donoghue - Singer 
Roarke - Singer 
Idris Elba - Actor 
Kate Naut, Jenny Bapst, Francois Alexander, Samantha Rex - Singers 
Lance Bass - Singer 
Dash Mihok - Film/TV actor 
Priyanka Chopra - Actress/Singer 
Suki Waterhouse - Model 
Craig David - Singer 
Zelda Williams - Actress 
Joan Sebastian - Singer/Songwriter 
Adam Lambert - Singer 
Nasri - Singer 
Maria Gabriela de Faria - Actress/Singer 
Ban Ki-Moon - UN Secretary General 
Professional Performing Arts School Choir Members - School Choir 
Family School Students - International Students 
David Guetta - Music Producer/DJ 
Courteney Cox & Coco Arquette - Actress & daughter 
Doni & Akai Floyd - Mother & Daughter  
 Mari Malek - DJ Stiletto/Model/Activist 
David Arquette - Actor 
Isaiah Mustafa - Actor 
Scott Foley - Actor 
Sam Martin - Singer 
Bianca Yuzon - Singer 
Justin Bartha and baby Asa - Film/TV actor & daughter 
Eric Christian Olsen - Actor 
Antonella Barba - Singer 
Rumer Willis - Actress 
Katy Perry - Singer 
Seth Green - Actor 
Rebecca Da Costa - Actress/Model 
Butch Vig - Music Producer 
Antonique Smith - Actress - Musician/Entrepreneur 
Taye Diggs - Broadway/TV/Film actor 
Patricia Arquette & Harlow Jane - Actress & daughter 
Ben Barnes - Actor 
Rob Kazinsky - Actor 
Tokio Hotel’s Bill Kaulitz - Singer 
Dianna Agron - Actress/Singer 
Tony Lake - Executive Director of UNICEF 
Ore & Neave Segal - Sons of Edo & Ayelet Segal 
Yuna Kim - Figure Skater 
Eden Espinosa - Broadway Actress/Singer 
Sunidhi Chauhan – Singer 
Nina Dobrev - Actress 
Julian Morris - Actor 
Poe - Singer (US) 
Sanaa Lathan - Actress 
Amy Brenneman - Actress 
Trevor Jackson - Singer & Actor 

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