The original track was written by Richie and Michael Jackson and was recorded for the Live Aid in an effort to raise money to aid poverty stricken countries in Africa. The song featured vocals from over 20 singers including Jackson and Richie, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Kenny Rogers, Ray Charles and Cyndi Lauper. It went on to become the first certified multi-platinum single, selling four million units.
Among the most vocal philanthropist has been Jean, who is a native of the country. Through his Yele Haiti organization, the Grammy winner raised over $1 million in just 24 hours by asking the public to donate $5 via text message. Additionally singers Justin Timberlake, Bono and rapper Jay-Z will perform on the 'Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief Program' which will air on several network and cable channels Friday (Jan. 21). Pop star Rihanna recorded a remake of Bob Marely's hit 'Redemption Song' which is currently available for download via iTunes, with all proceeds benefiting the country.