On September 5 and 7, 2001, an ensemble of superstar artists gathered in New York City to record a new version of “What’s Going On,” Marvin Gaye’s classic call for compassion, healing and love, in order to raise awareness and funds to fight against the scourge of AIDS in Africa.
In the wake of the tragic terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, Artists Against AIDS Worldwide, realizing the recording’s powerful healing message extended beyond the scope of the project’s original aim, decided to donate 50% of its proceeds to The United Way’s September 11th Fund and 50% to the AIDS relief effort which includes the Global AIDS Alliance, among others.
Five different mixes of “What’s Going On” — including a “main mix” by Jermaine Dupri, a “rock mix” by Fred Durst, and other mixes by A-list producers — appear on the special CD. Banding together as an All Star Lineup, those donating their time and talent to the recording include Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Destiny’s Child, Jermaine Dupri, Fred Durst, Eve, Nelly Furtado, Nona Gaye (Marvin‘s daughter), Darren Hayes (of Savage Garden), Ja Rule, Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keys, Aaron Lewis (of Staind), Lil’ Kim, Jennifer Lopez, Nas, Nelly, *NSYNC, P Diddy, ?uestlove (of the Roots), Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, & Michael Stipe.
~ excerpt from whats-going-on.org
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