Biggest Stars Help Create ‘We Are the World’ Remake
Feb 3, 2010
The recent earthquake is Haiti has prompted entertainment’s biggest stars to come together once again to help raise money for the cause. But this time, it’s not a telethon or benefit concert.
It’s a song. A classic. One that some say should never be remade.
“We Are the World”, the famed song that brought the music business’ biggest stars together in 1985 to benefit African famine relief is getting a 2010 revamping featuring today’s biggest stars.
The original song featured the biggest stars at the time, including Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Bette Midler and Billy Joel. It caused a huge phenomenon, sparking a critically acclaimed video, special edition magazine, books, posters, and shirts. The song also won 3 Grammy Awards, among other accolades.
There has been some criticism that the newest version, named ”˜We Are The World ”“ 25 for Haiti’, will never touch as many as the original but co-producers Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie are hoping to change those thoughts.
They are rallied up a huge group of today’s most popular celebrities ”“ not just singers, but rappers and actors have been thrown into the mix too ”“ to make a difference for the impoverished country.
The song was recorded on February 1, 2010. Some of the stars asked to perform on the track are: Pink, Lil Wayne, Jordin Sparks, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Jonas Brothers, Celine Dion, Robin Thicke, Wyclef Jean, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Britney Spears, Keri Hilson, Jamie Foxx, Barbra Streisand, Jason Mraz, Bustaa Rhymes, Justin Beiber, Selena Gomez, Nicole Richie, Gladys Knight, Katharine McPhee, Enrique Inglesiais, Julianne Hough, Will.i.am, Jeff Bridges and Vince Vaughn. There have been rumors that Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Jay-Z would appear also, but nothing has been confirmed.
It has been confirmed that Janet Jackson will sing her late brother Michael’s part on the track.
The song will premiere on Friday, February 12, during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics.