Bono wrote the hook for â€œStrandedâ€ â€” his new Haiti benefit single with Jay-Z and Rihanna, which is subtitled either â€œHaiti Mon Amourâ€ or â€œHaiti Mi Amoreâ€ â€” while on the phone with producer Swizz Beatz. â€œThe idea of the song is â€˜Weâ€™re not gonna leave you strandedâ€™ and thatâ€™s what the chorus is,â€ Swizz Beatz tells Rolling Stone. â€œSo me and Bono started going back and forth with ideas, and he was like, â€˜You know this word stranded keeps standing out to meâ€™ and I asked him to sing it, and he put me on hold â€™cause heâ€™s recording the ideas on a Dictaphone â€” so he did it there and then on the phone.â€
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Swizz Beatz got the song started by sending simultaneous texts to Jay-Z and Bono â€” but when they both called, he accidentally hung up on Jay while trying to conference them. After three hours of phone tag, they all agreed to the project, which came together in geographically scattered sessions, with extra production work by the Edge. â€œI knew that Jay would be able to tell a story, and that Bono would be able to sing and bring it home. The last component that I added was Rihanna, and sheâ€™s kinda like the angel thatâ€™s on the track, softening it up and giving it that caring feeling, because this hook is so powerful.â€
The song will debut with a live performance on Friday nightâ€™s multi-network telethon for Haiti, and will soon be released as a single on iTunes, according to Swizz Beatz.