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General meaning of Various Artists:
The term Various Artists is used in the record industry when numerous singers and musicians collaborate on a song or collection of songs.
Various Artists single releases often have their profits going to charity and, usually in high-profile cases, are sometimes known by a group name. Examples include Band Aid with their releases of Do They Know It's Christmas? and USA for Africa with We Are the World.
Album releases under the name of Various Artists are often compilation albums from a particular year or musical genre.
Various Artists was the name under which a cover of Lou Reed's classic "Perfect Day" was released by a colloboration of some of the world's greatest ever artists from almost every musical genre, including Lou Reed himself, as well as Bono (of U2), Sky (of Morcheeba), David Bowie, Suzanne Vega, Elton John, Boyzone, Lesley Garrett, Burning Spear, Thomas Allen, Brodsky Quartet, Heather Small (formerly of M People), Robert Cray, Huey (of Fun Lovin' Criminals, Ian Broudie (of Lightening Seeds), Gabrielle, Dr John, Evan Dando (of Lemonheads), Emmylou Harris, Courtney Pine, Brett Anderson (of Suede), Visual Ministery Choir, Joan Armatrading, Laurie Anderson and Tom Jones!
The song was released for the UK's annual Children In Need campaign and all proceeds donated to that charity. The song hit number one in the UK in 1997.
Various Artists is also an actual performance name for Torsten Pröfrock, who runs the German DIN label. Torsten performs also as Dynamo, Erosion, Resilent, Traktor besides some others. He's a good friend of Robert Henke and since fall 2004 is he a member of Monolake.
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