Stars gather together to cover ‘We Are the World’ for Haiti

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More than 75 mega stars gathered together on Monday to re-record the 1985 charity anthem, “We Are the World” in the same Hollywood recording studio, where the original song was cut 25 years ago.

Among the celebrities where, Pink, Celine Dion,Natalie Cole, the Jonas Brothers, Kanye West, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand,Lady Gaga, Bono, Jennifer Hudson, Akon and other musical superstars stood shoulder to shoulder on risers at the Henson Recording Studios, singing their hearts out in hopes of helping Haiti.

There was a point during the session where the musicians broke out into a cappella version of the pop classic, “Lean on Me.”


Quincy Jones produced the 1985 anthem, announced last week that his plan was to redo the song to benefit recovery from the deadly January 12 earthquake in Port-au-Prince.

The song was originally written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and it flew up the charts when it was released on the radio and in record stores in March of 1985.

 

The “We Are the World” record raised more than $30 million for USA for Africa, which is a non profit organization founded by the singers to fund hunger relief in African nations.


An unprecedented number of top pop musicians gathered at A&M the night of Jan. 28, 1985, following the American Music Awards, to record the tune. The song featured 45 American superstars,that included Jackson, Richie, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross,Bob Dylan and Cyndi Lauper.

None of the original performers returned for the re-record.

This should be good! Can’t wait.

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For more info: NY Times and MSN

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