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Jay-Z and U2 unite to record Haiti aid song

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Story by Jack Foley

RAPPER Jay-Z has united with rockers U2 and producer Swizz Beatz to record a song in aid of the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

News of the track was revealed by guitarist The Edge on Irish radio station 2FM when he revealed that the band “wrote a song, finished and recorded” last week.

He added that Bono, Jay-Z, Rihanna and himself are due to appear in London for “a group performance” as part of Friday’s Hope For Haiti telethon – the two-hour George Clooney benefit show that will be aired on MTV in the UK.

The Edge said: “Bono got a call from a producer, Swizz. He and Jay-Z wanted to do something for Haiti. So, Bono came up with the phrase on the phone and last night we were here, we wrote a song, finished, recorded, and sent it back to them… That might be the next thing you hear from us.”

It is not yet clear when the single will be released, or whether it will receive its first public airing as part of the telethon appearance, but it’s sure to be among the most keenly anticipated of the relief-related efforts.

The Haiti telethon itself has continued to gain momentum and attract support, with Coldplay also confirming they will play at “a London location” alongside Jay-Z.

In America, meanwhile, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and Keith Urban will appear in LA and Haitian-born Fugees star Wyclef Jean, Sting, Mary J Blige, Shakira and Bruce Springsteen will be among the New York performers.

All funds raised will go to Oxfam America, Red Cross, Unicef, Partners in Health and the Yele Haiti Foundation.

The telethon will be screened live in the UK from 1am GMT on Saturday, January 23.