Thursday, January 21st, 2010 at 7:05 pm
Jay-Z and U2 are headlining the bill for a huge Haitian earthquake relief benefit concert tomorrow. The telethon, taking places in studios around the world, will be aired on NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, CNN, MTV and VH1 and will air commercial free. The event, organized by George Clooney and to be co-hosted by Clooney, Wyclef Jean, and CNN‘s Anderson Cooper, will donate all donations to Oxfam America, Red Cross, UNICEF, Partners in Health and Wyclef’s Yéle Haiti Foundation.
Over 100 acts have signed on to participate, while only Kanye West seems to be left off the list. Besides Jay-Z and U2, The acts include Rhianna, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, and many, many more. Jay-Z and U2 will perform a special brand new song featuring both acts, produced by Swizz Beatz, that is to be released on iTunes soon with all proceeds going to benefit Haitan relief.
Here’s a quote from The Edge, U2‘s guitarist, about recording the track with Jay-Z:
“Bono got a call from a producer, Swizz. He and Jay-Z wanted to do something for Haiti. So, Bono came up with the phrase on the phone, and last night we wrote a song — finished, recorded, and sent it back to them.”
Below is a full list of acts confirmed so far for the benefit concert:
Jay-Z, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Shakira, Rihanna, Dave Matthews Band, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Sting, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys