More than 60 French-speaking acts have recorded a fund-raising song for victims of the Asian tsunami.

More than 60 French-speaking acts have recorded a fund-raising song for victims of the Asian tsunami.

The artists regrouped as Artistes Solidaires Ici pour Eux for the Jan. 15 recording. Acts participating included Charles Aznavour, Corneille, Lara Fabian, Garou, Johnny Hallyday, Patricia Kaas, Yannick Noah, Axelle Red and Michel Sardou.

The track, "Et Puis La Terre," was composed and written by Sony BMG France-signed artist Patrick Bruel. It will be serviced to radio stations on Jan. 20 and released Jan. 31 by Sony BMG. Initial shipments already exceed 100,000 units, according to Sony BMG.

All proceeds of the song will be allocated to organizations backing relief efforts and financing the reconstruction in those countries affected by the Dec. 26 disaster.

French bank Crédit Mutuel has underwritten all the recording costs as well as the video production costs. It has also committed to buy 250,000 copies of the single.

The song will premiere on TV at the NRJ Music Awards, to be held Jan. 22 during the Midem confab in Cannes. The show is to be broadcast live on leading French commercial radio station NRJ and on commercial TV channel TF1. Several of the acts involved will attend the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Universal Music France has today (Jan. 17) released a compilation album titled "Solidarité Asie," which regroups songs from several top selling French acts such as Michel Sardou, Garou, Gérald de Palmas, Mylène Farmer, Zazie, Eddy Mitchell and Alain Bashung. All the proceeds will go to relief organization Action contre la faim.