Mariah Carey On "Pavarotti & Friends" CD With Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Others

It's not every day that Mariah Carey, Ricky Martin, B.B. King, Joe Cocker, and Gloria Estefan come together for a concert. But when opera star Luciano Pavarotti calls, pop stars tend to clear their schedule.

On June 1, Pavarotti, Carey, Martin, King, Cocker, Estefan and others came together for the "Pavarotti & Friends" concert in Modena, Italy, to benefit the War Child organization, with artists performing songs on their own and with the Italian tenor (see "Mariah, Ricky, More Join Pavarotti's 'Friends' In Face Of Jackson Rumors").

Of course, many fans of Carey, Martin, and the other performers from the star-studded bill couldn't get to Modena, Italy for the show. Happily for them, a CD from the concert, to be titled "Pavarotti & Friends for Guatemala and Kosovo," will be released on September 21.

In an official statement touting the release of the CD, Carey says that she was pleased to take part in the event.

"Pavarotti's a legend," Carey said. "His voice is one of the most incredible ever, so I was honored when he asked me to perform with him. Music has a universal voice and, as there are so many people in need, particularly now, it's an important time for artists to get together, not only to raise money but also awareness for great causes."

War Child is a charity that raises funds to help children whose lives have been affected by war. For more on the War Child organization, check out their Web site at

The "Pavarotti & Friends" CD includes Carey and Pavarotti's duet on "Hero," as well as Carey's solo performance of "My All." A home video version of the concert, directed by Spike Lee, will also be released.

-- John Gill