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Mariah Carey Joins Beyonce, Nelly Furtado in Donating Gadhafi Money

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Piaget, Lester Cohen(NEW YORK) -- Singer Mariah Carey is joining the ranks of celebrities including Beyonce and Nelly Furtado who are making amends, financial and otherwise, for past performances for the family of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Carey announced in a statement Thursday she did not know she was performing for Gadhafi's son Mutassim at a New Year's Eve party in 2008 on the Caribbean island of St. Barts -- a performance that netted her a reported $1 million paycheck -- and said she would give the proceeds from an upcoming song to human rights charities.

"I was naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform for," Carey said in a statement posted on her website Thursday. "I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess. Going forward, this is a lesson for all artists to learn from. We need to be more aware and take more responsibility regardless of who books our shows. Ultimately we as artists are to be held accountable."

Nelly Furtado was the first major celebrity to announce on Tuesday that she was donating money she earned from a 2007 performance for Gadhafi's "clan." Beyonce, who performed for Mutassim Gadhafi on New Year's Eve 2009, followed suit and said she already donated the money to a Hatian relief fund after fans began demanding she too give the money away. Until the statement today, representatives for Carey stayed silent despite repeated requests for comment.

In addition to Carey's statement, a post by on Carey's website said all proceeds from a song called "Save the Day" from an upcoming album will be donated for human rights issues.

The presence of the celebrities at the parties for the Gadhafi family was unveiled not by gossip magazines, but by leaked U.S. State Department documents posted on the website WikiLeaks.

Video of the New Year's 2009 party, shot by a partygoer and obtained by ABC News, shows an intimate affair with Beyonce singing several songs just feet away from attendees.

Representatives for Usher, who performed at the same 2009 bash as Beyonce, have not responded to requests for comment.

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Nelly Furtado to Duet with Elton John for Disney Soundtrack 

Photo Courtesy - Interscope Records/UMG(NEW YORK) -- It turns out that Lady Gaga isn't the only female artist who'll be duetting with Elton John.  Billboard reports that Nelly Furtado and John have cut a new version of his number one 1973 hit "Crocodile Rock" for the soundtrack of Gnomeo & Juliet, the Disney animated film that John's producing with his partner, David Furnish. 

That's also the soundtrack that will feature "Hello, Hello," John's duet with Lady Gaga.

Nelly Furtado's first greatest hits compilation, The Best of Nelly Furtado, will be in stores Nov. 16.  It features three new tracks, as well as all her biggest singles.  She's also working on a new album which she says will be out in 2011.

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Nelly Furtado Releasing Best-Of Next Month 

Photo Courtesy - Interscope Records/UMGNelly Furtado will release her first greatest hits compilation, The Best of Nelly Furtado, which will collect all the music she's made in her first ten years of recording.  In addition to hits like "I'm Like a Bird," "Promiscuous," "Say It Right" and "Maneater," the disc will also include three unreleased tracks, including the first single, "Night Is Young."  The other two songs are called "Stars" and "Girlfriend."  A video for "Night Is Young" is coming soon.

The compilation is set to hit stores Nov. 16.  The singer will release an all-new album early next year.

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