“Just Stand Up!” is a song performed by an all-star charity supergroup of pop, R&B, rock, and country artists during the telethon “Stand Up to Cancer”. The group was purposely billed as Artists Stand Up to Cancer to the public.
American songwriter and producer Antonio “L.A.” Reid conceived of the collaboration after a meeting with the founder of Stand Up to Cancer, which benefited from the proceeds of the record. Reid co-produced the track with American singer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, and the single was released on August 21, 2008.
The singers performed the song live on the “Stand Up to Cancer” special, which aired simultaneously on US TV networks ABC, CBS and NBC on September 5, 2008.
The single was re-released on September 30, 2008, with the original recording, as well as the audio of the live performance. The CD was enhanced so it had special features for a computer. A music video was not produced for the single.
Performers (in order of appearance)
Sheryl Crow (only on studio version) or Nicole Scherzinger (only on live version)
LeAnn Rimes (only on studio version)
Melissa Etheridge (only on studio version)
Mary J. Blige
The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at 78 on the week of September 13, 2008. The next week it was the greatest sales gainer and jumped 67 places to land at number 11. The next week, however, the song fell to number 36. It also peaked on the Billboard Pop 100 chart at 18. As of October 2013, “Just Stand Up!” had sold 393,000 digital downloads in the US. On the UK Singles Chart, it debuted at number 39, before climbing the chart to number 26. On the Canadian Hot 100 chart it made a “Hot Shot Debut” at number 10 in the week of September 11, 2008, based on downloads.
Stand Up To Cancer
Founded: May 28, 2008
Funds Pledged since inception: Over $481 Million
Number of scientists participating in SU2C-funded research: Over 1200
Clinical Trials funded by SU2C planned, initiated or completed: Over 180
Patients enrolled in SU2C supported Clinical Trials: Over 9,000 patients
Number of institutions joining in SU2C’s collaborative mission: Over 140
Number of people in the U.S. who were diagnosed with cancer today: 4,754
Time to fix the problem: Now