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Michael Jackson to record benefit song

Jackson, with Elizabeth Taylor, before his September 7 Madison Square Garden concert  

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Michael Jackson, the singer known as the "King of Pop," is putting together an ensemble recording in an effort to help the families and survivors of the terrorist attacks on the United States, his publicist announced Sunday.

The song, "What More Can I Give?" features artists including Destiny's Child, Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys, Justin Timberlake of N'Sync, Britney Spears and Mya.

The song, which is currently being recorded, features lyrics "to help the world's citizens find solace in the wake of the attack on America and to create a sense of global unity in the face of mindless violence and mass murder," said Jackson's spokesman, Howard Rubenstein.

"I believe in my heart that the music community will come together as one and rally to the aid of thousands of innocent victims," Reuters reported Jackson as saying. "There is a tremendous need for relief dollars right now and through this effort each one of us can play an immediate role in helping comfort so many people."

Jackson hopes to raise more than $50 million with the song. All proceeds will be donated to the relief effort, Rubenstein said. In 1985, Jackson, Lionel Richie, Harry Belafonte and Quincy Jones led a group of music superstars in creating the record "We Are the World," which benefited the Ethopian famine relief effort.

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