R&B icon Dionne Warwick has teamed up with British pop star Joe Mcelderry to record a song in honour of World Hunger Day on 28 May (13). Warwick and McElderry - who won Britain's The X Factor in 2009 - are releasing their duet One World One Song to mark the third annual World Hunger Day, which is organised by bosses at The Hunger Project to help stamp out starvation and poverty.
Warwick says, "One World One Song is a wonderful and uplifting anthem, written especially for The Hunger Project, much like We Are The World and That's What Friends Are For. Music has a very powerful ability to engage people and we hope you will enjoy listening to this song, but also hope that it will inspire you to join us in the fight to end hunger and poverty.
"I am urging people around the world to think about the song's lyrics and act upon the emotions they stir. My mantra is: If you can think it, you can do it."
The anthem also features members of the London Community Gospel Choir and the Southbank Sinfonia's full orchestra.
Veteran singers Rod Stewart and Dionne Warwick helped to raise more than $2.3 million (£1.5 million) for a disabled children's charity at a special ball on Thursday (16May13). The Maggie May hitmaker contributed backstage passes for an upcoming concert at London's O2 Arena, which made up one of several celebrity-based lots in a fundraising auction.
Soul icon Warwick gave an exclusive performance for 700 guests at the Butterfly Ball, helping to swell donations for the Caudwell Children charity, which provides support for disabled youngsters and their families.
Star guests at the event in London included Joan Collins, former British royal Sarah Ferguson and supermodel Caprice.
Trudi Beswick, the charity's chief executive, told the attendees, "We are delighted at the overwhelming support we received from all of our guests here this evening. This money is more important than ever as the demand for support increases. This will enable us to touch the lives of thousands of children. I can't thank everyone who donated tonight enough."
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Clint Black, Taylor Dane and former MTV personality "Downtown" Julie Brown will join The Citizen Patriot Tour organized by Janet Langhart Cohen, a former television personality and wife of former Secretary of Defense, William Cohen, The Associated Press reports. The group will head overseas this weekend to entertain troops at undisclosed military bases.
Twisted Sister will headline a Nov. 28 concert benefit concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, AP reports. KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach, Overkill and Anthrax will also perform. Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French said he hopes to raise $100,000 for the victims of last month's attack on the World Trade Center.
The Beastie Boys have also organized and will headline the New Yorkers Against Violence benefit concert on Oct. 28 at the Hammerstein Ballroom. According to Billboard.com, up-and-coming New York-based rock groups Rival School and the Strokes as well as the B-52s, Cibo Matto, Saul Williams and Pakistani vocalist Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will perform. Proceeds will benefit the New York Association for New Americans and the New York Women's Foundation.
Jay Leno's celebrity-autographed motorcycle and matching truck drew a top bid of $360,200 Wednesday on eBay, Reuters reports. The winner of the limited-edition Harley-Davidson motorbike will be announced Friday. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Natalie Cole married a local minister, Kenneth Dupree, in a private ceremony last Friday at Victory Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., AP reports. Guests included Dionne Warwick, Star Jones, Jennifer O'Neill and producer David Foster.
Virginia Sate Senator Emily Couric died from pancreatic cancer Wednesday, People.com reports. Couric's sister Katie has been on leave from her NBC show Today this week.
The two sides in O.J. Simpson's road-rage trial in Miami offered different versions of the encounter between Simpson and Jeffrey Pattinson, The Miami Herald reports. While the prosecution claims Pattinson was inside the vehicle when he was confronted and scratched by the retired football star, Simpson's defense attorney said both drivers got out of their SUVs. Testimony is expected to last about two days. If convicted, Simpson could face up to 16 years in state prison.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring will premiere in London on Dec. 10, Reuters reports. The Fellowship of the Ring, the first film in the trilogy made back-to-back in New Zealand, is expected to be one of the biggest of the year.
Former Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is getting her own sitcom, Reuters reports. NBC said on Thursday it had ordered 12 episodes of the series 22 Minutes with Eleanor Riggs, which will likely air early next year as a mid-season replacement. The show will feature Louis-Dreyfus as a nightclub singer in Los Angeles.
Britney Spears is pairing up with AOL Time Warner to promote her albums and tours, Reuters reports. In exchange, every copy of Spears' upcoming album will come with the latest version of AOL software. AOL members will also have advance access to Spears concert tickets.
CBS' The Guardian and NBC's Scrubs have been picked up for the full season. According to the The Hollywood Reporter, NBC also plans to give full-season pickups to Crossing Jordan, UC: Undercover and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
The Screen Actors Guild 's board of directors has expelled three members who worked on or auditioned for commercials during the union's strike against advertisers last year, AP reports. Gerry Donato, Mario Barbieri and Robert Kalomeer were all kicked out following a trial board hearing.