Royal wedding soundtrack to go straight to iTunes

The much-anticipated nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton will have a soundtrack available "within hours," per the British press, with a portion of proceeds donated to charity.

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Move over, Rebecca Black: Another unusual addition to the iTunes top-selling charts is on its way. Namely, it's the "soundtrack" to the much-ballyhooed royal wedding between Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton on April 29, set to appear on Apple's digital download marketplace "within hours" of the occasion's end, according to The Telegraph.

Were this a perfect world, the album would include a handful of wedding guests' merry karaoke recordings (Prince Harry is making sure that this is part of the program, right?), and perhaps the live cut of a surprise reunion by the Spice Girls (you know this would be the perfect occasion), but unfortunately we can expect something much more serious. Confirmed performers at the Westminster Abbey ceremony aside from the church's own choir are the Chapel Royal Choir, the London Chamber Orchestra, and the Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.

There have also been, the Telegraph reports, "rumors that the service could include a solo performance from a major international star, such as Sir Paul McCartney or Sir Elton John, though this has been denied." Maybe this plan was nixed due to Sir Elton's involvement in a recent film that attempted to retell Shakespeare with 3D-animated garden gnomes.

The label releasing the soundtrack, which will include vows and readings, is classical label Decca Records, owned by Universal Music U.K. A representative from the label told The Telegraph that it would be available "worldwide almost instantly"; it will, within a short span, also be available on CD and vinyl.

But as much as it's fun to mock how thoroughly the royal wedding has overtaken British pop culture (It won't be broadcast in 3D--good heavens!), know that sales of the album will benefit a good cause: One pound (the equivalent of about $1.60) will be donated to The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, which focuses on philanthropic support of disadvantaged youth, armed forces veterans and their families, and environmental conservation. And karaoke, I hope.

Next item of inquiry: Will there be royal wedding-themed items in the just-announced "FarmVille: English Countryside?" The timing is suspiciously convenient.