Plus, news about Alanis Morissette, Robert DeNiro, Britney Spears, Kate Hudson, Julie Andrews, Yasmine Bleeth, and others
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PITCHING IN As he did with 1985’s ”We Are the World,” Michael Jackson is spearheading a new all-star recording to benefit the families of the victims of last week’s terror attacks. Jackson will produce the song, called ”What More Can I Give,” which will be recorded in English and Spanish versions. Singers on board so far include Jackson, Destiny’s Child, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake of ‘N Sync, Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, and Mya, with other names sure to follow. ”I believe in my heart that the music community will come together as one and rally to the aid of thousands of innocent victims,” Jackson said in a statement yesterday. ”There is a tremendous need for relief dollars right now, and through this effort each one of us can play an immediate role in helping comfort so many people.” Having raised $65 million for famine relief organization USA for Africa with ”We Are the World,” Jackson expects to raise at least $50 million with the new song. ”We have demonstrated time and again that music can touch our souls,” he said. ”It is time we used that power to help us begin the process of healing immediately.”…

Alanis Morissette wants to stage one or more benefit concerts for those affected by the tragedy. In a message to fans on her website, she wrote that she’s talking to others ”about putting on some sort of relief show(s) with the purpose of reaching out to those who have been touched by all that has happened this week…I’ll keep you posted.”…

Robert DeNiro, whose production company and restaurant ventures in TriBeCa (the neighborhood just north of the World Trade Center) have been shuttered since the attacks, has helped organize a food drive to feed the rescue workers via party boat lines. Since Friday, Don Pintabona, the chef at DeNiro’s TriBeCa Grill, along with such other top New York chefs as Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Daniel Boulus, Charlie Palmer, and Gray Kunz, have been providing food for the emergency workers, 500 meals at a time, ferried to Ground Zero by the yachts Spirit of New York and Spirit of New Jersey.

SOUND BITE Britney Spears has canceled her tours of Europe and South America to return home and be with her family in the wake of the catastrophe. Spears was on a flight to Australia at the time of the hijackings and touched down in Sydney before she and fellow passengers learned the news. ”After much thought and deliberation, it is with great regret that I have decided to cancel my planned European and Latin American promotion trips,” the Australian Associated Press quoted her as saying in a statement.

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