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- Posted on Feb 8th 2010 7:02AM by Matt Glazebrook
Using the classic, 'Do They Know Its Christmas' formula -- tear-jerking documentary footage cut with headphone-clad, studio-bound stars -- the clip features Stewart, Leona Lewis, Cheryl Cole, Mika, Michael Buble, McEldery, James Blunt, Take That's Gary Barlow and Mark Owen, James Morrison, X-Factor alumni Alexandra Burke, Susan Boyle and Aston Merrygold and Marvin Hume of JLS, Westlife's Shane Filan and Mark Feehily, and Robbie Williams.
Continuing with the charity single archetype, the studio shots were filmed at Sarm Studios in London's Notting Hill, the same venue used by the Band Aid singers back in 1984.
Also contributing to the cover of R.E.M.'s 'Automatic for the People'-era smash, but not appearing in the clip, are international superstars Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Jon Bon Jovi and Kylie Minogue. Proceeds from the tune will benefit two charities organising relief for Haiti in the wake of January's devastating earthquake. Stipe and company are waving royalties on their tune, while the government are foregoing VAT on the single, which was released on Sunday.
While we're not sure that the 'Everybody Hurts'' 'cheer up, it might never happen' motif is entirely appropriate for the stricken people of Haiti, hats off to Simon Cowell for using his hitmaking prowess, and celebrity-packed Rolodex, for good.