Some of the music industry's biggest stars, including Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, Destiny's Child, Christina Aguilera, and Alicia Keys, are participating in sessions for a new recording

Some of the music industry's biggest stars, including Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, Destiny's Child, Christina Aguilera, and Alicia Keys, are participating in sessions for a new recording of Marvin Gaye's 1971 crossover hit "What's Going On." The recording is being organized in New York by producer Jermaine Dupri and U2 frontman Bono, and aims to raise money for AIDS research in Africa.

No Doubt's Gwen Stefani, Ja Rule, Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Jagged Edge, and Radiohead are among the other acts that have been tipped to contribute to the project, which will be released under the moniker Artists Against AIDS Worldwide.

The recording hearkens back to USA for Africa's star-studded 1985 charity single "We Are the World," which raised millions for hunger relief in Africa. The track, produced by Quincy Jones and featuring Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, and Ray Charles, reached No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100. It won the Grammy for song of the year in 1986.

Vocal tracks from Gaye are prominently featured on Erick Sermon's single "Music," which is No. 24 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart this week.