24 September 2001
What's Going On Released in US
The all-star recording of What’s Going On will now jointly benefit the fight against AIDS in Africa and victims of the September 11th attacks on the US.
There are five different mixes of What's Going On which will be in shops on a special CD on October 23rd.
The versions include a "main mix" by Jermaine Dupri, a "rock mix" by Fred Durst, and other mixes by A-list producers. Banding together as an All Star Lineup, those donating their time and talent to the recording include Christina Aguilera, Amir (of the Roots), 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, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani & Michael Stipe.
You can hear a clip of the new song or watch a behind the scenes video on its recording by clicking here.
On September 5 and 7, 2001, this ensemble of superstar artists, pulled together by Bono at the suggestion of activist Leigh Blake, gathered in New York City to record a new version of Marvin Gaye's classic call for compassion and healing - their aim was to raise awareness and funds to fight 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.
"What's Going On" is a production of Artists Against AIDS Worldwide, an organization founded by Leigh Blake. "What's Going On" is dedicated to the more than 5,000 September 11th terrorist attack victims from 62 countries and their loved ones. The song is also dedicated to the more than 5,000 people who die each day from AIDS in poor countries. The AIDS epidemic is destroying entire nations but it can be stopped. By reaching out globally to reduce suffering and poverty, we increase understanding between peoples and nations.
While America works to heal the wounds on its shores, the horror of AIDS and the war against it continues in Africa and the rest of the world.
More on Global AIDS Alliance: www.globalaidsalliance.org
More on The United Way: www.unitedway.org