“Make Some Noise” is a campaign by Amnesty International using the music of John Lennon to promote human rights.
Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s widow, donated the music publishing royalties and recording rights to John Lennon’s entire solo songbook to Amnesty International. Amnesty has since used the rights to encourage new versions of Lennon’s songs to be recorded by popular contemporary artists.
The global launch of Make Some Noise took place on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2005 with the release of four exclusive singles available as digital downloads. The fundraising album, “Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur” followed June 12, 2007, consisting of 23 Lennon songs spread out over two CD’s. The album concludes with Soviet born Regina Spektor’s beautiful reinterpretation of Lennon’s posthumously released 1990’s Beatles single “Real Love”.