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R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe to Release His 1st Solo Single This Week

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Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe will release his first solo single this week, UPI reports. The rocker's new song "Your Capricious Soul" will be available exclusively to download from Stipe's website, and will cost at least 77 cents--although fans are encouraged to pay more, as all earnings will be donated to the environmental nonprofit Extinction Rebellion for a full year. "I took a long break from music, and I wanted to jump back in. I love 'Your Capricious Soul'--it's my first solo work. I want to add my voice to this exciting shift in consciousness," Stipe said. "I believe we can bring the kind of change needed to improve our beautiful planet earth, our standing and our place on it." Since R.E.M.'s 2011 breakup, Stipe has also released joint charity singles with Chris Martin and Courtney Love.