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Monday, December 1, 1997 Published at 01:37 GMT



Special Report

Commemorative album honours Diana
image: [ Diana's charity work inspired many artists to contribute to
Diana's charity work inspired many artists to contribute to "Tribute"

A new album honouring the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, has gone on sale worldwide and is expected to top the Christmas charts.


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The compilation, "Diana, Princess of Wales - Tribute", features 36 tracks, including 13 new recordings and several others which are exclusive to the album.

Contributing stars from pop, rock and classical music include Michael Jackson, Queen, REM, Placido Domingo, Annie Lennox, U2, Sir Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton.

The album is being released on a specially created label owned solely by the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall, who was one of Diana's favourite artists, said he considered it his "duty" to donate a song.


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Mick Hucknall: Diana broke royal protocol
"People loved her because she broke with royal protocol on so many issues, " he said. "She offered people a human side to someone who was always perceived as a very glamourous person."

Brian May, formerly with rock band Queen, said he would never forget the last time he met the Princess. "She spoke to me about Freddy [Mercury] and said, 'It's so sad that he died so young'. And it's strange, because now we're all thinking that about her."

Mariah Carey, who also appears on the album, said: "Through all her personal turmoil, Diana still managed to maintain a symbol of hope for so many people around the world."


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Mariah Carey: Diana was a symbol of hope
Peter Gabriel, formerly of Genesis, and Tina Turner have also provided exclusive tracks for the album.

Turner's version of "Love is a Beautiful Thing" has not previously been available; Peter Gabriel's rendition of "In the Sun", a song by an unknown US composer, has also never previously been recorded. It is his personal tribute to the Princess.

The Memorial Fund will also release a single, "I Am in Love with the World," by the group Chicken Shed.

Diana's name a big draw


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Album promoters can reasonably expect that the Diana tribute will top the charts this Christmas season.

After her tragic death in September, mourners around the world flocked to buy "Candle in the Wind", the song Elton John sang at her funeral.

The single, which sold just under 31.8 million copies, became the world's most successful single. It went platinum nine times in the UK alone and reached number one in 22 countries around the globe.

Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" previously held the title of most successful. It sold 30 million copies over the last 55 years.

All proceeds from the album will benefit the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

'Diana Princess of Wales - Tribute', a sample 0' 55"





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