Katrina update: Dueling Sharons
Who knew Sharon Stone had a basic instinct for songwriting? She co-composed and co-produced the benefit single ”Come Together Now,” whose all-star roster of vocalists includes Celine Dion, Patti LaBelle, Joss Stone, Ruben Studdard, the Game, Aaron Carter, Nick Carter, A.J. McLean, Natalie Cole, Chingy, JoJo, Mya, Angie Stone, Kimberly Locke, John Legend, Gavin DeGraw, Jesse McCartney, Anthony Hamilton, and Brian McKnight. You can see them and more in the video at AOL Music.
It’s the leadoff track on an double CD due out Nov. 1 called Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now.
The album includes another ”We Are The World”-type track, a Sharon Osbourne-produced cover of Eric Clapton’s ”Tears in Heaven.” Singers on the track include Elton John, Ringo Starr, Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, Gwen Stefani, Pink, Josh Groban, Steven Tyler, Velvet Revolver, Gavin Rossdale, Mary J. Blige, Robert Downey Jr., and of course, Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne. Both tracks are currently available for purchase at iTunes.
The two-disc set will also include ”Any Other Day” (the benefit single featuring Norah Jones and Wyclef Jean), ”Heart of America” (which NBC’s Today will NOT stop playing; they even had Michael McDonald, Wynonna, Eric Benet, and Terry Dexter and the First Full Gospel Choir of New Orleans performing it live on this morning’s show), ”Heart So Heavy” (a John Mayer-Aaron Neville duet), and rarities from Coldplay, James Brown, Barbara Streisand, and Gloria Estefan. Plus, lots of cuts by New Orleans artists such as Harry Connick Jr., the Neville Brothers, Louis Armstrong, and Fats Domino. All proceeds will be divided among the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund.
Also, Higher Ground, a concert CD from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Sept. 17 benefit show, will be released on Nov. 22, with live tracks from Norah Jones, James Taylor, Diana Krall, Bette Midler, Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Art and Aaron Neville. Proceeds will go toward Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Higher Ground Relief Fund.
Finally, South Park begins a new batch of episodes tonight with a Katrina-inspired story that sees the next town over from South Park flooded when a beaver dam is breached. (Trey Parker and Matt Stone have a Q&A with the Associated Press today where they discuss how they keep the series so fresh and topical after nine — nine! — seasons.) Not sure who the proceeds will benefit — probably just Comedy Central.