Stations urged to play song

UK radio stations are being urged to play a new track recently released in support of the GMFA this World AIDS Day. The track is called Lovers and Best Friends by artist Lee Thomas and is available for download only, with all proceeds going to UK gay men’s health charity.

The single is being promoted by new PR company, Shoot.

“This is a campaign very close to the heart of all of us at Shoot following a recent loss of a colleague and friend to AIDS” said Jay Evans, Managing Director of Shoot Broadcast. “The single offers a great way to create awareness of HIV and AIDS, not just with the gay community but also with heterosexuals who are equally at danger of infection. By offering our help, we hope that we can get the download numbers a little closer to the 5,000 required in a week to reach the UK singles chart. Even if the song doesn’t make the station playlists, if everyone in the radio industry downloaded just one of the tracks it would make such a huge difference to the charity.”

Lee Thomas of 4th Child said “The first time I recorded Lovers & Best Friends, in 1993, a close friend of mine was diagnosed HIV positive. He has since passed away and rather than let him or anyone else be remembered as just another statistic, I want this record to be for them. I now feel strong enough to sing it again and wanted to release it in time for World Aids Day. Having all the proceeds going to GMFA seemed the best and right thing to do with the song.”

Lee Thomas has worked with some of the music industry greats, including Sony and Culture Club’s Helen Terry. The single’s writers and producers have credits with David Gray, New Order, Will Young, the Spice Girls, Sophie Ellis Bextor and even Kylie!

A preview of Lovers & Best Friends on MySpace at Downloads are available now from: iTunes, Napster, MTV Digital Download Centre, MSN, Tunetribe, Oxfam eMusic, Tiscali Music Downloads and Y! Music Unlimited.

Download details for the radio edit is available from via this address.

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