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Daft Punk, Elton John, The Clash, and other join Tony Hawk and Ben Harper for second 'Boards + Bands' charity auction

Last year, Tony Hawk launched the first Boards + Bands auction, which raised over $126,000 to build skate parks for at-risk youth by auctioning off custom skateboard decks featuring hand-written lyrics from famous artists — and this year, the participants include Daft Punk, Ben Harper, members of the Clash, Elton John, and John Lydon.

The idea is that Hawk’s friends donated decks they actually rode. Then Hawk sent those boards to some of his rock star friends, who wrote lyrics to their skateboarder-approved tunes on the decks. “Last Year’s Boards + Bands auction surpassed all expectations,” Hawk said in a statement. “This year we have equal caliber of skaters and musicians contributing, so I am looking forward to seeing the excitement (and high bidding) they bring.”

The auction kicks off tomorrow, December 5, at the auction’s official site. You can take a look at the wares available online, or if you’re in Los Angeles, check out the decks at the Grammy Museum. You can also donate to Hawk’s cause even if you don’t want to buy a custom Elton John skateboard.

Check out the highlights from last year’s auction below.

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform 'Same Love' for ONE's agit8 campaign: Watch it here -- EXCLUSIVE

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have parlayed their chart-topping success (their single “Can’t Hold Us” remains at the top of the Billboard Hot 100) into a platform for a number of charitable causes.

The Seattle hip-hop duo have stood up for gay rights, the Boys & Girls Club, and drug abuse counseling, and now they have teamed with dozens of other artists and ONE to rally against extreme poverty.

Alongside the likes of U2, Green Day, Ed Sheeran, Kid Rock, Mumford & Sons, and Elvis Costello, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are part of ONE’s new agit8 campaign, which urges both world leaders and young people to fight against extreme poverty and hunger in the world’s poorest nations. The hope is to draw attention to those problems in advance of the upcoming G8 Summit in Northern Ireland.

In order to draw ears and eyes, the participating musicians have recorded new versions of beloved protest songs. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis didn’t need to draw from someone else’s song—they already had the single “Same Love” in the holster, and recorded a fresh version of it for the agit8 campaign.

Check out their very special performance of “Same Love,” with a rare appearance by guest vocalist Mary Lambert, in an exclusive video premiere below: READ FULL STORY

Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, No Doubt come together for EB charity auction

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Want to help out a good cause and score some cool rock and roll swag? Then you should check out the auction currently being held to raise funds for Heal EB, an organization that raises funds and awareness for the rare skin disorder Epidermolysis Bullosa, a painful, often debilitating and even life-threatening disease that causes severe blistering with only the most minor contact.

Jill Vedder, wife of Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, is on the board of Heal EB, and she helped bring together a pretty cool collection items available for bid (most of which expire later today). Included in the collection are a ukulele signed by Vedder, an official Foo Fighters motorcycle jacket, an autographed No Doubt poster, and a collection of Heart memorabilia.

The full list of auction items is here. There was also a live auction last week, and Vedder showed up as a special guest to play some songs and meet some kids afflicted with EB. (Vedder has been everywhere lately, having played Neil Young’s annual Bridge School benefit concert last weekend, dropped in on Kings of Leon for a jam earlier in the month, and also found time to raise $1.7 million for the Obama campaign along the way.

If you’re a sports fan, there’s also a healthy collection of those items up for grabs too, including jerseys signed by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, and baseballs signed by the likes of Bob Gibson, Andre Dawson, Roberto Alomar, Gaylord Perry, Lou Brock, and A.J. Burnett. And for the foot fetishists in the building, Gisele Bundchen also signed a pair of heels she wore at the Met Ball.

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Beyonce says 'I Was Here' in World Humanitarian Day performance

Today, the U.N. must be celebrating Bey Day: Beyonce just released a new video for her song “I Was Here” in order to mark World Humanitarian Day (August 19), which honors volunteers who risk their own safety to help others and encourages regular people to help someone in need.

Earlier this month, the singer performed at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, wearing a sleek, space-age white gown, and belting out her single before a giant wrap-around screen, which displayed footage of humanitarian efforts around the world. Directors Kenzo Digital (who has worked with Kanye West) and Sophie Muller (who recently helmed No Doubt’s “Settle Down” video) captured the footage for the video, which will premiere on big screens in across the globe, including Dubai, Geneva, New York’s Times Square.

Be warned: Just like in her Live at the Roseland performance of the song, there are tears. Watch below.

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'Dark Knight Rises' composer Hans Zimmer releases charity song for Aurora victims

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Dane Cook notwithstanding, the acts of goodwill regarding the Aurora tragedy that took place during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises have yet to slow down. DC Comics has delayed its next Batman publication out of deference, Warner Bros. (the studio behind the Christopher Nolan trilogy-ender) has made substantial donations to various Aurora charities, and Christian Bale has been visiting hospitalized victims during the week. Now, Hans Zimmer is chipping in: the composer behind the Dark Knight Rises soundtrack has written song dedicated to the victims of the senseless tragedy. READ FULL STORY

Chaka Khan leads celebs in Trayvon Martin tribute song

R&B legend Chaka Khan has recorded a tribute song and PSA in remembrance of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager whose death in a February shooting has sparked protests across the country. The PSA, a music video entitled “Super Life: Fear Kills, Love Heals,” is based on Khan’s 2007 song “Super Life” and features dozens of celebrities — all of whom wear hoodies in support of Martin — at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood. Watch the PSA below:

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Ingrid Michaelson joined by PS 22 Chorus for take on 'Blood Brothers' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Ingrid Michaelson, who recently released her fifth album, Human Again, proves that you can also go home again.

The native of New York City’s Staten Island recently teamed with the borough’s most famous non-Wu-Tang-related musical collective: The PS 22 Chorus (last seen “Rolling in the Deep” in a commercial for Target).

They joined up for a run through “Blood Brothers,” one of the twangier tunes from Human Again. Check out the exclusive video below. READ FULL STORY

Bruce Springsteen joins the efforts to find a missing Boston College student

Bruce Springsteen‘s latest anthem is called “We Take Care of Our Own,” and the legendary musician is doing his part to help in the search for a missing person. Springsteen’s eldest son is a senior at Boston College, where fellow student Franco Garcia has been missing since being last seen at an area bar on Feb. 22. The rocker’s official Twitter sent out a post on Wednesday that read, “Help find Boston College student Franco Garcia. Last seen 2/22/12 in Brighton, MA. Call 617-796-2100 with any info” and attached the official missing person’s poster for Garcia. READ FULL STORY

Jay-Z plays Carnegie Hall, brings Alicia Keys, Nas, and 'Glory' with him

“Allow to me to reintroduce myself,” a beaming, tuxedo-clad Jay-Z teased at the top of his charity show at Carnegie Hall in New York City last night.

He didn’t have to, of course, but when you’ve got an evergreen show-starter like “Public Service Announcement” on your hands, you use it.

The giddy new father was kicking off the first half of his two-night stand at the hallowed venue, the proceeds of which will benefit United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.

Backed by a 36-piece orchestra, Jay swaggered across the stage with a bottle of champagne in his hand (“It’s tea,” he claimed) as images of Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects and other hometown signifiers splashed on the wall behind him.

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'Soul Train' fans honor Don Cornelius with a dancing flash mob: Watch it here

What’s the best way to remember Soul Train godfather Don Cornelius? Some 100 fans in Times Square this weekend knew the answer: a dance line.

Organized online and executed on Broadway in the heart of Manhattan, the Soul Train flash mob emulated the show’s trademark setup for a good 45 minutes among a gaggle of surprised tourists.

The event was a (literally) moving tribute to honor the show’s late founder and host Cornelius, who was found dead in his Sherman Oaks home last Wednesday.

“Don Cornelius was a big influence in my life, and I just wanted to pay tribute,” said disc jockey Jon Quick, who was holding up speakers at the event. “He was playing the music that nobody else wanted to play. He was an amazing man.”

Watch a convention of flash mobbers bring love, peace, and soul to Times Square in the video below:

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