One year after Michael Jackson brought together Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Ricky Martin, ‘N Sync, Destiny’s Child and dozens of others to record the 9/11-benefit single “What More Can I Give,” the song has finally hit the airwaves, MTV News reports.
New York radio station WKTU-FM has been playing it for the past week, about six times a day, although the station apparently does not have permission to do so.
Program Director Frankie Blue, a longtime friend of Jackson’s, refused to disclose to MTV how the station was able to get its hands on the song, but he claims Jackson, 44, played no part in it.
Marc Schaffel, the executive producer of the single, said that at least 200 copies were dispatched to participants and their reps, and noted that the song has since surfaced on the Internet.
“It’s a loose train; there’s no stopping it,” Schaffel told MTV. “But I would hate to see it out there and not do its intended purpose, which was to raise money for the victims of September 11th and children’s charities.”
In July, PEOPLE.com reported that “What More Can I Give” had not yet been released by Sony Music Entertainment due to a strange series of events, including attempts from the artists involved in the song to prevent a Japanese company from buying rights to it.
The Los Angeles Times also revealed that Jackson had severed ties with Schaffel because he once produced and directed gay adult videos.