When Scarlett Johansson isn’t busy starring in box-office hits, she’s lending her famously sultry voice to the music industry – and for a good cause.
Johansson’s all-girl band Sugar for Sugar covers New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle” in the latest track off of the charity compilation album The Time Is Now, and PEOPLE has an exclusive first listen.
Johansson performs the classic ’80s track – set for release this Friday – alongside bandmates Julia Haltigan, Holly Miranda and Kendra Morris.
The Time Is Now is a 14-track album of reimagined 1980s hits created specifically for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.
A number of other contemporary artists are also featured on the album, including singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc, who sings a soulful rendition of “Billie Jean.”
Pop-rock group DNCE puts its mark on Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and songwriting duo Marian Hill performs Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”
“The 1980s was a decade of revolutionary changes in the music scene, with an explosion of new sounds and rhythms, the ascendance of MTV, and the emergence of new musical movements on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Peter Bittenbender, CEO of Mass Appeal records, who will release the album.
Musicians have a long history of supporting the fight against AIDS, whether through benefit concerts, donated royalties and proceeds and other contributions.
“The Time Is Now is a music-driven call to action in support of amfAR’s push to end HIV/AIDS in our lifetime,” said longtime amfAR producer Andy Boose.
While Sugar for Sugar’s track is available Friday, The Time Is Now is out Oct. 7.