Star-Studded 'What's Going On' Disc Due
A disc of wide-ranging mixes and remixes of the all-star recording of Marvin Gaye's classic single "What's Going On" will be released Oct. 30 via Columbia. Originally lanned for release tomorrow (Oct.A disc of wide-ranging mixes and remixes of the all-star recording of Marvin Gaye's classic single "What's Going On" will be released Oct. 30 via Columbia. Originally lanned for release tomorrow (Oct. 23) with five mixes , the final set features nine different mixes of the song by Jermaine Dupri, Brian Eno, Moby, Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, the Neptunes, Junior Vasquez, Mike Mangini, and Mick Guzauski.
The initial all-star recording, cut Sept. 5 and 7 in New York, was executive produced by Leigh Blake and U2 lead singer Bono. Those taking part were Christina Aguilera, the Backstreet Boys, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Destiny's Child, Dupri, Durst, Eve, Nelly Furtado, Marvin Gaye's daughter Nona Gaye, former Savage Garden member Darren Hayes, Ja Rule, Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keys, Staind singer Aaron Lewis, Jennifer Lopez, Nas, Nelly, 'N Sync, P Diddy, the Roots' ?uestlove, Britney Spears, No Doubt's Gwen Stefani, and R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe. The resulting single peaked last week at No. 27 on The Billboard Hot 100 and at No. 76 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles And Tracks chart.
The album will feature a rock mix of the song, produced in Los Angeles by Durst. Dubbed "Fred Durst's Reality Check Mix," that track features Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland, Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell, Bono, Elijah Blue, and Puddle of Mudd's Wes Scantlin. Additionally, uber-producers the Neptunes turned out a hip-hop version -- the "This Ones for You Mix" -- with contributions from LL Cool J, Noreaga, Royce Da 5'9", Queen Latifah, Fabolous, Sonja Blade, Da Brat, Angie Martinez, and Mobb Deep.
As first revealed here early last month, the "What's Going On" project was originally organized to raise funds for Artists Against AIDS Worldwide (AAAW) and raise awareness of the AIDS crisis in Africa. In the wake of the terrorist attacks on the U.S., the organization decided to share proceeds generated by recording to the United Way's September 11th Fund to aid families affected by the disaster, as well as the Global AIDS Alliance and other organizations working to implement AIDS prevention and healthcare programs for victims of the disease in Africa.
For more information on "What's Going On," as well as behind-the-scenes video clips from the recording sessions, visit the project's official Web site at whats-going-on.org.
Here is the lineup for the "What's Going On" disc:
"Dupri Original Mix" - Produced by Jermaine Dupri; features Christina Aguilera, the Backstreet Boys, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Destiny's Child, Jermaine Dupri, Fred Durst, Eve, Nelly Furtado, Nona Gaye, Darren Hayes, Ja Rule, J-Lo, Alicia Keys, Aaron Lewis, Nas, Nelly, 'N Sync, P Diddy, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Michael Stipe (with drums performed by ?uestlove and a guitar solo by Wyclef Jean)
"Moby's Version" - Remixed and produced by Moby
"Fred Durst's Reality Check Mix" - Produced by Durst; features Scott Weiland, Perry Farrell, Bono, Elijah Blue, and Wes Scantlin
"The London Version" - Produced by Brian Eno; features Bono, Coldplay's Chris Martin (guitar, bass, and backing vocals by U2's the Edge and keyboard, treatments, and backing vocals by Eno)
"Neptunes This Ones for You Mix" - Produced by the Neptunes; features LL Cool J, Noreaga, Royce Da 5'9", Queen Latifah, Fabolous, Sonja Blade, Da Brat, Angie Martinez, and Mobb Deep
"Junior Vasquez's Club Mix" - Produced by Junior Vasquez
"Dupri R&B Mix" - Produced by Jermaine Dupri; features P. Diddy, Dupri, Jagged Edge, Stefani, Usher, Gaye, Backstreet Boys, Aguilera, TLC, J-Lo, Monica, Ja Rule, Furtado, Keys, 'N Sync, Blige, Nelly, Nas, Eve, and Lil Kim (drums by ?uestlove and guitar solo by Jean)
"Mangini/Pop Rox Mix" - Produced and remixed by Mike Mangini/Pop Rox
"Mick Guzauski's Pop Mix" - Mixed by Mick Guzauski; features Jagged Edge, Train's Pat Monahan, Usher, Gaye, Bono, Aguilera, Spears, T-Boz, Chili, Beyonce Knowles, Destiny's Child, Monica, Furtado, Stipe, Keys, 'N Sync's JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake, Hayes, and Usher