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Puerto Rico benefit song "Almost Like Praying" raised $3M even before release

The Puerto Rico benefit song "Almost Like Praying" was released yesterday (October 6), and with the mastermind behind it, it had already raised $3 million even before its release, in collaboration with and the Hispanic Federation

The song was recorded in less than a week and is the brainchild of the Tony-winning playwright, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who decided he had to do something to help the island's residents after it became increasingly apparent that limited help was being offered by President Donald Trump, who was on a golf vacation as many of the island's residents were knee-high in sewage and left fighting for their lives after Hurricane Maria had ravaged their homes. Millions of islanders are still facing severe disease and famine as a result, and are in desperate need of donations due to the slow governmental support.

The benefit song features a star-studded lineup of Latin artists who have given their support, including: Jennifer Lopez, Luis FonsiGloria EsterfanMarc Anthony, Fat JoeRubén BladesJohn Leguizamo, Rita Moreno and the youngest Latin star, Camila Cabello.

Miranda's new benefit track is a love song to Puerto Rico, and proceeds from downloads and streams of "Almost Like Praying" will benefit the Hispanic Federation's UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund.

To donate to Puerto Rico's recovery effort, go to

Watch JLo, Camila Cabello and coverage about the relief effort, below:

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