While various music A-listers gathered yesterday in Los Angeles to record a remake of the iconic charity single "We Are The World" (to benefit Haiti), over in U.K. Simon Cowell recently oversaw another altruistic allstar recording session, also organized to assist in the Haitian earthquake relief efforts. The resulting benefit single, a new version of R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts," premiered on Britain's Sky News this morning.
The single includes Britain's Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle; X Factor winners Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, and Joe McElderry; X Factor judge Cheryl Cole; and Mariah Carey, Kylie Minogue, Miley Cyrus, Jon Bon Jovi, Mika, Robbie Williams, Michael Buble, Rod Stewart, Take That's Gary Barlow, James Blunt, and James Morrison, among many others.
Simon Cowell told the press about this collaboration: "We have a short time to do this, but already we are getting some fantastic support. Right now this is an absolute priority for us all. The people of Haiti need as much help as we can give them as soon as possible; every day, the situation becomes more desperate."
Said Susan Boyle: "The Haiti earthquake has caused devastation and suffering that most of us will never experience nor could imagine. I feel privileged to be a part of such a wonderful project that will raise money to help the country."
Proceeds from song's sales will be split equally between the Disasters Emergency Committee and the Helping Haiti organization, and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will waive taxes on the single.
Apparently Simon Cowell is a nice guy, after all.
CLICK HERE TO PREORDER "EVERYBODY HURTS," available digitally via Amazon UK on February 7.
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