‘Hope for Haiti’ telethon set for Friday

Shakira will shake it for Haiti

Big name artists will turn up Friday for “Hope For Haiti Now” a televised fundraiser for Haiti earthquake relief.  Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira and Sting will perform from New York;  from Los Angeles it’s Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow;  and Coldplay joins Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna in London.

The two-hour program will be simulcast on all major networks, HBO and music-themed cable channels and online at video sites including YouTube and Hulu. It will benefit on-the-ground-in-Haiti charities like Oxfam, Partners in Health, the Red Cross and Jean’s Yele Haiti organization (which may or may not be guilty of reported fund mismanagement). All the songs will also be available the next day on iTunes.

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