AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered

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AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered
Compilation album by various artists
Released 26 October 2011 (2011-10-26)
Genre Rock
Length 59:25
Label Mercury, Interscope, Universal

AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered, stylized as (Ăhk-to͝ong Ba͞y-bi) Covered or (Ăℎk-to͝ong Ba͞y-bi) Covered, is a tribute album featuring cover versions of the 12 songs from U2's 1991 record Achtung Baby. It was released on 26 October 2011 as a pack-in CD with the December 2011 issue of Q (issue #305). The magazine commissioned the album to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Achtung Baby‍ '​s original release and Q‍ '​s 25th anniversary. The magazine's editor-in-chief Paul Rees said, "This is an entirely appropriate way to mark Q‍ '​s anniversary and that of Achtung Baby, one of the pivotal albums in our lifetime." The performing artists are a mix of U2's contemporaries and successors, including Jack White, Patti Smith, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, The Killers, and Garbage. Although a tribute album, AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered contains a remix of "Even Better Than the Real Thing" that is credited as performed by U2.[1][2]

On 15 November 2011, the album was made available via digital download through the iTunes Store. All proceeds from digital sales will go to Concern Worldwide, an Ireland-based non-profit organisation that provides aid to the world's poorest countries. Concern's CEO Tom Arnold said, "Offering the proceeds from (Ahk-toong Bay-Bi) Covered to Concern's East Africa appeal also provides a timely reminder that alleviation of the hunger and wider health crisis in the region must not be forgotten and should remain a global priority."[3] Arnold said he was taken aback but delighted when he was asked by U2 lead singer Bono if his organisation would accept all proceeds from sales of the tribute album.[4]

The album debuted at #53 in the U.S. and #46 in Canada.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Performed by Length
1. "Zoo Station"   Nine Inch Nails 6:28
2. "Even Better Than the Real Thing" (Jacques Lu Cont Mix) U2 6:39
3. "One"   Damien Rice 5:26
4. "Until the End of the World"   Patti Smith 3:36
5. "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses"   Garbage 5:16
6. "So Cruel"   Depeche Mode 6:02
7. "The Fly"   Gavin Friday 4:16
8. "Mysterious Ways"   Snow Patrol 4:48
9. "Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World"   The Fray 4:33
10. "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)"   The Killers 4:53
11. "Acrobat"   Glasvegas 4:08
12. "Love Is Blindness"   Jack White 3:20

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[6] 46
US Billboard 200[7] 53