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George Clooney‘s star-studded, global benefit Friday night is already setting new records.

“Hope for Haiti Now” announced that it has raised more than $57 million to date, a new telethon record for donations by the general public. The preliminary figure includes donations made via phone, online, and mobile – what the figure doesn’t include are sums donated by corporations and large private donors, or iTunes sales figures, which are still being calculated.

“The public has set a new standard of giving for a relief telethon with ‘Hope for Haiti Now,’ and the donations continue to come in — people can still contribute 24/7 via phone, web and text,” said Lisa Paulsen, President & CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing philanthropic support to “Hope for Haiti Now.”

If you’d like to make a donation, please visit or call (877) 99-HAITI.

Meanwhile, the Hope for Haiti Now album has become the biggest one-day album pre-order in iTunes history — and is currently the No. 1 iTunes album in 18 countries. The studio version of “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour),” the original charity track performed by BonoThe Edge, Jay-Z, and Rihannaduring the global benefit, is currently the No. 1 song on iTunes in 12 countries.

The telethon’s musical performances will be available for purchase for $.99 per song in Apple’s iTunes Store, with all proceeds benefiting Haiti relief funds managed by “Hope for Haiti Now” charities.

“The Insider” was on both coasts for the big event last night, so check out our footage of the sights you didn’t see as the stars stepped out in New York and in Los Angeles.