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'Broadway for Orlando' song featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sara Bareilles, Carole King, debuts on Billboard chart

The Broadway-star rendition of “What the World Needs Now is Love” in honor of the Orlando shooting victims has landed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The group recording of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David song, featuring Sara Bareilles, Carole King, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bernadette Peters, Whoopi Goldberg and dozens of other familiar Broadway names, debuted shortly after the June 12 tragedy at Pulse nightclub.

The video of the song – see it below – has been played nearly a million times on the site .

On June 22, the single debuted at No. 1 on iTunes and will enter the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 86. Billboard reports that the song was downloaded 48,000 times for the week ending June 23.

To purchase “What the World…” for $1.99, visit All of the proceeds from the digital download will benefit the LGBT Center of Central Florida.

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