MANILA, Philippines — Top international recording artists have again come together, this time for embattled Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao to help with his financial and taxation woes with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), through “Songs for Manny” , a 37-track compilation album available for download on iTunes.
The album features 37 hit songs from the biggest names in the music industry including as The Beatles, Lady Gaga, Michael Buble, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Eminem, Macklemore, Adele, Katy Perry, Madonna, Miley Cirus, Jessica Sanchez, Linkin Park and many more.
Featuring inspirational lyrics to guide a professional athlete battling the internal revenue services of his home country, tracks from the ‘Songs for Manny’ album includes Notorious B.I.G.’s Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems with lyrics such as “I don’t know what they want from me, tt’s like the more money we come across the more problems we see,” as well as “Can you pay my bills? Can you pay my telephone bills? Can you pay my automo-bills?” from Destiny’s Child 1999 hit Bills, Bills, Bills.
“The order is rapidly fadin’. And the first one now will later be last. For the times they are a-changin’. ”
-Inspirational lyrics from Track #8 The Times They Are A-Changin’ by Bob Dylan
Also part of the compilation are One Direction, Justin Timberlake, Black Eyed Peas and Jessica Sanchez. Justin Bieber, who is a known fan of Floyd Mayweather also joined the effort contributing The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) for the album.
Warner Music Online Content Executive Robyn Gibb pitched the idea for the hit Black Eyed Peas song Shut Up and explained the reasoning behind it.
“How can Manny say that the BIR is playing politics? They were keeping the assessment hush-hush. Manny was the one who went running to the press,” said Gibb.
Gibb also has a hunch that Bob Arum didn’t pay the correct taxes for Pacquiao, hence they are unable to present the proper documents.
“That’s why I asked Eminem and Rihanna to sing a ‘Bob Arum’ version of their hit song Love The Way You Lie,” she added.
Songs like U2’s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For should help sensationalize the hardship a person must go through to obtain an IRS document.
With lyrics such as, “I have climbed highest mountain. I have run through the fields… But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for,” listeners would be fooled to believe that the BIR is being harsh on Pacquiao when the documents the agency is asking for can be easily obtained in 60 calendar days by just completing a form and mailing it to the IRS.
“They’ve been waiting for two years and they say it’s politics?” added Gibb.
The album, which costs $9.99, is now available worldwide on iTunes and proceeds will go help pay for the salary of Pacquiao’s huge entourage.
Below is the complete track list in the album: