This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.
Search BBC
BBC World Service
BBC BBC News BBC Sport BBC Weather BBC World Service Worldservice languages
spacer gif
You are in: Learning English > Watch and Listen > Music in the News
Learning English
spacer gif
Music in the News
Thursday 20 September 2001
Vocabulary from the world of music. Listen to and read the story then find explanations of difficult words below.

  Michael Jackson
Jackson's new record to aid attack victims
Summary: Michael Jackson has called together a group of some of the world's leading pop stars to record a song in aid of the families of victims of last week's suicide attacks in the United States.
The News Listen
  Among others, Michael Jackson will be joined by Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, Justin Timberlake of 'N Sync and Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys on the song 'What More Can I Give'. They aim to raise around $50m for survivors and families of victims of the attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington.

In a statement, Jackson said: "There is a tremendous need for relief dollars right now, and through this effort each one of us can play an immediate role in helping comfort so many people."

Jackson's initiative is reminiscent of his work on the all-star American charity single 'We Are The World'. He co-wrote and performed the song in 1985 to aid victims of the famine in Ethiopia. Scores of US pop stars participated on the song which raised $65m for the USA for Africa relief fund.

The Words Listen  
  to raise
if you raise money for a charity or a cause, you ask people for money to support it

  relief dollars
relief money is the money provided for people who are poor or hungry, or have been affected by a disaster

  through this effort
by doing this (a formal expression)

  play an immediate role in helping
help directly and without delay

an initiative is an important act intended to help solve a problem

  reminiscent of
if one thing is reminiscent of another, it reminds you of it (a formal expression)

wrote together with others, was one of the authors

  scores of
if you are talking about scores of things or people, you are emphasizing that there are very many of them

Other stories
Music Directory

BBC copyright
Learning English | News English | Business English | Watch and Listen
Grammar and Vocabulary | Communicate | Quizzes | For teachers
Downloads | FAQ | Contact us