Enlisting the vocal prowess of a cavalcade of pop stars (and, uh, Vince Vaughn) to rerecord a modern classic for the benefit of distressed Haitians isn't exclusive to just one side of the Atlantic.
So while the who's-who gathered in Los Angeles last night to record "We Are the World," Simon Cowell was putting the finishing touches on his own London-concocted charity single, "Everybody Hurts," which was released to British radio this morning.
Understandably heavier on international acts, the R.E.M. cover features Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Rod Stewart, Jon Bon Jovi, Michael Bublé, Susan Boyle, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Cheryl Cole, Leona Lewis, Mika and James Blunt, among other stars.
The track will be available for download this Sunday through HMV, Play and Amazon's U.K. site, with proceeds from the single to be split between the Disasters Emergency Committee and the Helping Haiti campaign.