Healing #Haiti through Music ~ Beautiful Post #Mustread

Typically, the songs at the top of the charts are about bad romances, sweet dreams and cheer captains, but in the few weeks since Haiti was first devastated by earthquakes, celebrities are trying their best to heal the world through music.

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“Hope For Haiti Now.” Nearly two weeks after the most successful disaster-relief telethon in American history, “Hope For Haiti Now” continues to live on: the album comprised of songs performed during the program is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. On Jan. 22, George Clooney, Anderson Cooper, and Haiti’s own Wyclef Jean brought together Hollywood’s finest to encourage donations for Haitian relief. The program included covers of classic songs (such as Justin Timberlake’s collaboration with Matt Morris for the song “Hallelujah”), tweaks to current chart-topping hits (Beyonce’s “Halo”), and even a brand new song “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)” by Jay-Z, Rhianna, and Bono, all of which are available for digital download. 100 percent of the proceeds from the album will go to the earthquake relief effort in Haiti.

“We Are The World.”
Perhaps Madonna said it best–music really does make the people come together. The “Hope for Haiti Now” album is only the beginning of the relief-driven music effort that is causing a do-good buzz in Hollywood. Powerhouse divas Celine Dion and Jennifer Hudson, tween stars Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers, and even rappers Lil’ Wayne and Kanye West were among more than 80 musicians who met on Feb. 1 to re-record “We Are The World.” The 1985 single was originally spearheaded and written by the late Michael Jackson (along with Lionel Richie) and raised over $30 million for USA for Africa. The newly recorded song will air on NBC on Feb. 12 during the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony.

“Everybody Hurts.” Similar to “We Are the World,” American Idol’s Simon Cowell organized a recording session for the cover of R.E.M’s song “Everybody Hurts,” which included Leona Lewis, Rod Stewart, Susan Boyle, Jon Bon Jovi, Michael Buble, and Mariah Carey.

“SOS Saving Ourselves – Help for Haiti.” On Feb. 5, a concert hosted by Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Queen Latifah, and Pharrell in Miami, FL will feature performances by Akon, Keri Hilson, Ludacris, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, and Robin Thicke, among others. Tickets are available for purchase, but if you can’t be there in person, the concert will air live on BET, MTV, and VH1.

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Of course, music is not the only way to help Haiti (in fact, you can help Haiti with just the click of your mouse), but all of these music projects do seem to suggest one thing: when it comes to helping Haiti, lyrics speak louder than words.

Healing Haiti through Music.

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