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Celebrities far and wide continue giving their all to Haiti. From George Clooney's Help for Haiti Now telethon, to the 100 music stars who re-recorded "We Are the World" for relief efforts, to Jessica Simpson's shoe drive to Kim Kardashian's fashionable fundraiser, it seems everyone wants to help alleviate the suffering. Newsweek has even nabbed President Obama to write a cover story about why Haiti matters. Now Simon Cowell has joined the effort.
American Idol’s most famous judge has produced a cover of R.E.M.’s 1992 hit “Everybody Hurts,” gathering Leona Lewis, Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Rod Stewart, and Susan Boyle to lend their voices, among others. Americans Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey and Miley Cyrus also volunteered their time to participate.
“The people of Haiti need as much help as we can give them as soon as possible,” Cowell told Sky News while the recording was underway. “Every day the situation becomes more desperate."
The single, which premiered Tuesday on BBC Radio 1, will be sold online as a download starting Feb. 7, and will be available in stores the following day.
Proceeds from the song, which was recorded in Los Angeles and London, will be split 50-50 between the Helping Haiti fund established by British tabloid The Sun, and the Disasters Emergency Committee (a U.K.-based umbrella organization for 13 humanitarian aid agencies).
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