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Monkeys to release Oxfam single

Arctic Monkeys single in Oxfam
The single will be released in shops on 17 August

The Arctic Monkeys are to release a vinyl version of their new single Crying Lightning through Oxfam shops.

The 7" record, which will cost £2.99 with proceeds going to the charity, also comes with a download code for fans to get a free MP3 version.

It is the first time Oxfam shops have sold a new release single since Do They Know It's Christmas in 1984.

The limited edition single will be available through the charity's network of 700 shops from 17 August.

It also features a cover of the Nick Cave track Red Right Hand as a B-side.

Arctic Monkeys are also calling on fans to bring in any unwanted albums or singles to their local Oxfam shop when they pick up their copy of the single, to help Oxfam continue to raise funds.

Around 1.8 million CDs and records are donated by the public every year.

David McCullough, Oxfam's director of trading, said: "Oxfam shops have always been one of the best places on the high street to pick up a musical bargain or find a rare treasure, and this is a fantastic reason to pay your local shop a visit."

The charity sells around £6m worth of music each year through its shops which is enough to fund its projects in Indonesia for a year, buy 187,000 emergency shelters, or provide safe water for 8 million people.

Crying Lightning is the first single from the band's new album, Humbug, which is released on 24 August.

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