As the entire showbiz industry is rallying up to raise awareness and funds for Haiti, which desperately needs help in the aftermath of the two recent and devastating earthquakes, Simon Cowell is also lending a helping hand. The music producer has announced plans to come out with a song that will benefit earthquake victims, The Sun
So far, Cowell has not said a word about what that song will be, though speculation in the British media has it that he might go for a cover of REM’s classic “Everybody Hurts.” What is known, though, is that he’ll try to get as many of his celebrity friends and A-list artists he has signed on his label Syco to lend their voice for the cause. These would include Susan Boyle and Leona Lewis, as well as Chery Cole, Robbie Williams and many others, it is being said.
“The X Factor supremo has agreed to play his part in assembling a stellar line-up for the song. Simon, 50, has already played a key role in negotiating a deal with Prime Minister Gordon Brown for the VAT to be waived on all sales of the track,” The Sun writes. Brown has already agreed to the offer, saying that this was an exception he would make gladly, because it would serve to encourage sales of the song. “The music mogul’s stable of talent like Susan Boyle and Leona Lewis will be involved,” the British tab goes on to write, though confirmation in this sense is still pending.
“Simon said they will have to move fast to produce the single here and in the US. He said last night: ‘I wanted to do something for Haiti so when I had calls from The Sun and the Prime Minister asking if I would get involved I agreed immediately. We are going to do a single. We only made the decision today. I have got to get it together in 48 hours.’ Cheryl Cole said: ‘I would be happy to lend my support’,” The Sun further informs.
Whatever proceeds will be made with the new release, believed to be, as noted above, a remake of “Everybody Hurts” from REM, will be added to the money The Sun has already raised through one of its campaigns, and then send to Haiti.