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Sunday, 28 October, 2001, 14:30 GMT
Jackson completes charity single
Michael Jackson
Jackson: Also performed at the What More Can I Give concert
Pop star Michael Jackson has completed recordings for his all-star charity single What More Can I Give, set to benefit victims of the 11 September terror attacks.

Boy band 'N Sync were the last performers to record the single, which will include some 30 artists such as Ricky Martin, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion.

Jackson recorded each of the artists individually and plans to mix them in the studio, a spokeswoman said.

Jackson hopes to raise more than $50m (36m) for victims of the attacks on New York and Washington.

Mariah Carey i
Mariah Carey is one of the artists to contribute
He also plans to issue the single in both English and Spanish, but a release date has not been set.

Meanwhile, Jackson is also preparing to take on the album charts in the UK with the release on Monday 29 October of his new album Invincible.

The long-awaited album is his first collection of totally new studio material in six years.

Preview

Bosses at his record label Epic hope the album will return Jackson to the top of the charts even though the single You Rock My World, taken from the album, failed to reach number one.

Dave Glew, group chairman of Epic Records, commented: "As a singer, composer, producer, arranger and musician, Michael Jackson is one of the most talented and influential artists in the history of recorded music."

Fans of the singer have already had a sneak preview of the album when it was made available over the internet for a limited period of 24 hours from Friday to Saturday.

The performer also went online for a web chat.

The whole online event was billed as a "listening party".

Invincible is Jackson's first album of original material since the 1991 release Dangerous and has cost a reported $30m (21m).

Delays occurred when Jackson was forced to choose the final 16 tracks from a total of 60 he had recorded.

Although his Thriller album is the biggest selling long-player of all time, critics are concerned that after such a long break he will no longer be the record industry's dream ticket.

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