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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 is also the name of an electronica act.