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'Hope For Haiti Now' telethon to feature Wyclef, Taylor Swift, Bono, Coldplay and more

January 19, 2010 |  4:57 pm


A bevy of top-selling artists will perform a cross-continent televised fundraiser for "Hope For Haiti Now" on Friday. Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira and Sting will perform from New York; Los Angeles hosts Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and a group set from Keith Urban, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow; Coldplay joins Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna in London.

The two-hour program will be simulcast on all major networks, HBO and music-themed cable channels and online at video sites including YouTube and Hulu. It will benefit on-the-ground-in-Haiti charities like Oxfam, Partners in Health, the Red Cross and Jean's Yele Haiti organization (which has come under criticism for fund mismanagement in recent days). 

-- August Brown

Wyclef Jean photo by Diane Bondareff / AP