More Stars Join Tsunami Relief Efforts

Madonna, Hilary Duff and Ricky Martin are among the latest high-profile artists to join the fight to raise funds for victims of the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

Madonna, Hilary Duff and Ricky Martin are among the latest high-profile artists to join the fight to raise funds for victims of the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

• Madonna, Diana Ross, Maroon 5 and Mary J. Blige will take part in Saturday's (Jan. 15) "Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope" benefit being arranged and broadcast by NBC Universal broadcast, cable and satellite platforms.

As previously reported, the event will be hosted by actor George Clooney and will include performances by Sheryl Crow, Tim McGraw, Christina Aguilera and Kenny Chesney. "Tsunami Aid" will air at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, Telemundo and Pax, and at 8 p.m. PT in the Western United States, with re-airings planned on several of the cable/satellite channels. A phone bank will collect donations throughout all of the broadcasts, with funds to benefit the relief efforts of the American Red Cross.

• Rush, Barenaked Ladies, Bryan Adams and Celine Dion are among the artists who will take part in the three-hour Canada for Asia concert, taking place Thursday (Jan. 13) at the CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. The evebt will air on CBC television, CBC Radio One. MuchMoreMusic, CMT and MTV Canada, co-hosted by Rick Mercer and Ron MacLean.

Dion will join in via satellite from "A New Day," her resident show at Las Vegas' Caesars Palace. Other performers include Blue Rodeo, Bruce Cockburn, Sloan, Oscar Peterson, Daniel Lanois, Tom Cochrane, Jann Arden, Anne Murray, Molly Johnson and the Tragically Hip's Gord Downie. Author Margaret Atwood, hockey commentator Don Cherry and "Trailer Park Boys" star Mike Smith will also take part.

Donations, which will benefit World Vision, the Canadian Red Cross and UNICEF, will be collected via phone and Canadaforasia.ca.

• Teen pop star Duff will donate a portion of ticket sales from her ongoing tour to aid tsunami victims through Kids With a Cause". The Canadian swing of Duff's Most Wanted tour visited Winnipeg last night (Jan. 10); the run is set close Jan. 29 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

"I, just like everyone else, have watched this terrible tragedy and feel so sorry for the children and the families who have lost so much," Duff says. "I want to do everything I can to help those that have survived."

Kids With a Cause is working with UNICEF to ensure its funds will reach children in need. Duff is expected to present her donation in March to United Nations officials in New York.

• Green Day has pledged to donate royalties from iTunes sales of its single "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" to the American Red Cross. The donation will include proceeds from sales of the track through the end of 2005.

"This is the worst global disaster we've seen in our lifetimes," singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong says. "We felt it was important to take part in the relief efforts any way we could."

"Boulevard of Broken Dreams" has been No. 1 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart for six weeks and on top of the Mainstream Rock Tracks tally for two. The song is also No. 16 on the Hot 100.

• Ricky Martin is visiting Thailand this week, focusing on orphans and "families broken by the disaster," Foreign Ministry spokesman Sihasak Phuangketkeow says.

Last year, the Latin pop star's Ricky Martin Foundation created the People for Children initiative to try to end child sex tourism and other illegal practices. Several international organizations have expressed concern about syndicates trafficking children orphaned by the disaster in Eastern Africa and Southern Asia for adoption and the illegal sex trade.

• Virgin Megastores is planning a Jan. 20 live performance event, 100 Acts of Support -- The Concerts for Banda Aceh, which will host a minimum of five bands at 20 North American retail locations. Funds raised will be channeled to the American Red Cross.

Each bill will feature well-known artists and local talent. With performance lineups still being hastily assembled, Virgin Megastores has issued a call for acts willing to participate via its Web site with a deadline of Thursday (Jan. 13).

• Seattle's Showbox Theater has announced a fourth benefit, with Sir Mix A-Lot to headline a Jan. 22 show. Also on the bill for Mix for Relief, sponsored by local radio outlet KUBE, will be Byrdie and KUBE DJs SupaSam, Vinnie, Big Mike, Scene and B-Mello.

Like the venue's previously announced tsunami benefit shows taking place this week, proceeds will be directed to Northwest Medical Teams.

• Ticket sales for Sunday's Willie Nelson-headlined benefit concert in Austin, Texas, raised $67,000 for relief efforts. The show featured a surprise performance by the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines, as well as performances by Patty Griffin, Bruce Robison, Joe Ely and others.

• Headlined by internationally renowned DJ John Digweed, Los Angeles' Jan. 3 Monday Social at Las Palmas raised more than $5,000 for tsunami victims. Proceeds from the event, organized by NextAid with promoters Mick Cole and Freddy Be (aka the Bud Brothers), will be donated to Save the Children.

"I was so pleased by the response," says Cole. "At a time of such sadness, there's nothing better than to see people help out."


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.; Jason MacNeil, Toronto



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