Flashback Video: “What’s Going On?” U2, Diddy, Coldplay, Gwen And More
“What’s Going On?”
“What’s Going On” is a song written by Renaldo “Obie” Benson, Al Cleveland, and Marvin Gaye. It was the title track of Gaye’s groundbreaking 1971 Motown album What’s Going On, and it became a crossover hit single that reached #2 on the pop chartsand #1 on the R&B charts. A meditation on the troubles and problems of the world, the song proved a timely and relatable release, and it marked Gaye’s departure from the pop stylings of 1960s-era Motown towards more personal material. The song topped a Metro Times list of the 100 Greatest Detroit Songs Of All Time, and in 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it the fourth greatest song of all time.
Originally in 2001, Bono of U2 along with: Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys, Mary J Blige, Destiny’s Child, Jermaine Dupri, Fred Durst, Eve, Perry Ferrell, Nelly Furtado, Nona Gaye, Darren Hayes, Ja Rule, Jagged Edge, Alicia Keys, Arron Lewis- Staind, Lil Kim, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Martin- Cold Play, Pat Monahan, Monica, Nas, Nelly, *Nsync, P.Diddy, T Boz & Chili, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Michael Stippe -R.E.M, Usher and Scott Weiland recorded and relesed a remake of “What’s Goin’ On” by Marvin Gaye as the Official Tribute Single for September 11th and for Worlds Aids Day. Today, it is an offical Myspace group for those in the Music Industry who support the fight against Hiv/Aids in Africa and around the globe.