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Hope For Haiti

U2, Jay Z and Rihanna team up to perform a special benefit track

  • 22/01/2010
  • Rodrigo Davies & Georgie Rogers

Tonight (22 Jan) sees the release of a new track written by Bono and the Edge to raise money for the victims of the Haiti earthquake – as well a star-studded performance of it in London.

Jay Z, Rihanna, the Edge and Bono are uniting onstage, away from prying eyes, at the Hospital members club in Covent Garden, with the performance being beamed into the Haiti telethon that’s taking place in LA, New York and London, aired on MTV in the UK at 0100 and 0900 GMT on Saturday 23 January.

The U2 pair wrote and recorded the track Stranded earlier in the week, and it’s now been confirmed that the song is being released on iTunes, at 2200 GMT on Friday 22 January.

Coldplay and Beyonce are also performing in the UK, while Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake are lined-up in the States.

Other efforts

Meanwhile there are also two other big singles being made to help the Haiti relief effort in the works.

Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie have announced a massive 25th anniversary re-recording of We Are the World. It's hoped that, as in 1985, everyone will "leave their egos at the door," according to organisers.

Simon Cowell has signed up Rod Stewart, Leona Lewis, JLS and Michael Buble to cover Everybody Hurts by REM, and has also said he wants Paul McCartney to be involved.

What's more, Coldplay, the Arctic Monkeys and Damon Albarn are donating items to be sold in an online charity auction, organised by Glastonbury and Oxfam, which began on Friday.

"The line up seems to be growing by the hour.  I’m really hoping to meet Charlie Brooker. That would be amazing like."

The Futureheads frontman Barry Hyde

Items up for grabs include an offer from Albarn to record a specially written piece of music, for which bids have already surpassed £1650.

The white electric guitar Fender Stratocaster played by Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner in the band's first video and Chris Martin's signed Viva La Vida tour jacket are also on offer.

Elsewhere, Radiohead have lined up a fundraising gig in LA this Sunday. Drummer Phil wrote on their website that tickets for the show are being auctioned online.

Roundhouse gig

The Big Chill festival mastermind Katrina Larkin has co-organised a fundraiser with KLF founder Bill Drummond at the Roundhouse on 25 February.

Performances from Seasick Steve, The Futureheads, The Magic Numbers and Bombay Bicycle Club have been confirmed, with DJ sets from The Maccabees, Hexstatic, Kate Nash and Zero 7.

Presenters for the night include Edith Bowman, George Lamb, David Baddiel, Rick Edwards and a writer Barry Hyde of The Futureheads is very excited about seeing.

“The line up seems to be growing by the hour,” he said. “I’m really hoping to meet Charlie Brooker. That would be amazing like.”

Tickets are priced from £40 with all proceeds going to Action Aid and Médecins Sans Frontières - you can get them from haitiearthquakefundraiser.com.

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simo /america
it reaally nice tht people are helipng out haiti

mohit gupta , kampala, uganda
this is nice that people are stepping up to do something voluntary and donating money to Haiti

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