Simon Cowell Leading Musical Project To Help Haiti

Simon Cowell poses for his 'American Idol' Season 9 cast shot, 2010 Simon Cowell poses for his 'American Idol' Season 9 cast shot, 2010

Simon Cowell is spearheading a new project to help Haiti.

The “American Idol” judge is bringing a host of artists together in order to re-record an R.E.M. song – “Everybody Hurts” – with the proceeds going to benefit the earthquake ravaged island nation.

According to Britain’s The Sun newspaper, which is helping out with the single, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus and Simon’s “X Factor” judge Cheryl Cole, will be a part of the tune.

“It’s amazing these great singers are clearing their schedules to make this happen. I just found out Mariah has changed her schedule to be able to do this too,” Simon told the newspaper. “It says such a lot that everyone is working so hard to help Haiti.”

Leona Lewis already recorded her vocals in Los Angeles last night and Rod Stewart is expected to lay down his bit on Monday in LA, the paper, which is leading the campaign, reported.

Other stars slated to take part include British boy band Take That, James Morrison, Mika and James Blunt, according to the newspaper.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has already volunteered to help out too, promising Simon he will waive the European Union’s version of sales tax – Value Added Tax (VAT) on the song.

”[Brown] called me a couple of days ago, said if I put a record out, he’ll waive the VAT,” Simon said.

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