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Beyonce brings hope for Haiti

Trinidad - Billboard’s Female Artist of the Decade, R&B star Beyonce, who is scheduled to perform in Trinidad on February 18th was part of a star studded cast of actors and artists giving support to the Hope For Haiti Now telethon organised by actor / producer George Clooney and MTV last Friday January 22nd. The event was simultaneously broadcast live from London, New York and Los Angeles on several networks in the U.S. including FOX, CBS, ABC and NBC.

USA Today has reported that the event saw a staggering US$58M and counting donated for the earthquake hit Haiti, setting a record for the largest amount of money ever raised in a telethon.

Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z and U2 performed a new collaborative track “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)” at the Telethon and proceeds from its sales will also go towards raising more cash for Haiti. Some of the other artists performing included Coldplay, Rihanna, Madonna, Shakira and Justin Timberlake and the performances have been made available for download on ITunes to raise additional funds for Haiti.

According to MTV.com, the "Hope for Haiti Now" album is currently the #1 iTunes album in 18 countries, and is the biggest one-day album pre-order in iTunes history. The studio version of Jay-Z and U2’s "Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)” is also the #1 song on iTunes in 12 countries.

All of funds raised will go towards relief efforts in Haiti through Haiti-relief organizations such as the Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation; Oxfam America; Partners in Health; Red Cross; UNICEF; United Nations World Food Programme and Yele Haiti Foundation.