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Morning click: Wyclef raises $1 million for Haiti, Kelis fires back at PETA

Wyclef Jean arrives in HaitiWyclef Jean arrives in Haiti earlier this week (Photo by Lynne Sladky/AP)

- Musician Wyclef Jean has raised a record-breaking $1 million for disaster relief in Haiti through text messaging alone. Boosted by a robust Internet campaign and numerous celebrity endorsements, Jean's tech-savvy foundation Yele Haiti raised the money through a text messaging service that allows mobile device users to send $5 donations via their cell provider. ABC reports that 200,000 donations were texted in a single day this week.

- And you thought that milkshake was vegan: R&B singer-songwriter Kelis has come out with an open letter to PETA, an apparent response to the animal rights group's disapproval of her preferred winter gear. The "Milkshake" singer bashes PETA president Ingrid Newkirk, calling her "completely batty" and apprising the group not to "waste [her] time trying to save the dang chipmunk."

- Universal Music Group is undergoing another round of layoffs. Yesterday the company let go at least 50 employees-- 1% of its global workforce-- including some from the Motown, Verve, Def Jam and Interscope labels.

By Ally Schweitzer  |  January 15, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: kelis, wyclef jean  
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