Simon Cowell to record Haiti charity single
Published 21/01/2010 | 08:46
Simon Cowell is to organise a charity single for victims of the Haiti earthquake, after a personal plea from Gordon Brown.
The British Prime Minister contacted Cowell and asked him to mastermind the Live Aid-style record.
Cheryl Cole, Cowell's fellow X Factor judge, is the first performer to sign up.
"We are going to do a single. I've got to get it together in 48 hours. I wanted to do something for Haiti and we had a request from the Prime Minister to put a record together," Cowell said at last night's National Television Awards.
"We're going to attempt to do something in a very short space of time. And Cheryl has said she's on board."
The list of stars has yet to be confirmed but Cowell can be expected to call on artists who have performed on The X Factor, including Sir Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams.
U2 and Jay-Z have already recorded their own charity record, which they will perform at Geogre Clooney's Hope For Haiti telethon on Friday.
And Lionel Richie is planning a 25th anniversary re-recording of We Are The World, featuring Usher, Natalie Cole and John Legend, amongst others.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Richie will team up with producer Quincy Jones to make the single, with all proceeds going to fund Haiti relief efforts.