Stars gather for We Are The World re-make

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As previously reported, a collection of music’s biggest stars gathered in Los Angeles yesterday to record a new version of the 1985 classic “We Are The World” to benefit the victims of the tragic earthquake in Haiti.

The marathon recording session took place at Hollywood’s Henson Recording Studios, the same place where the original song was recorded. At the helm are Lionel Richie, who co-wrote the original with Michael Jackson, and Quincy Jones, who co-produced the original with Michael Omartian. No artists from the 1985 recording were invited to sing in the 2010 version while nearly 50 artists collaborated on the original, more than 80 singers participated in the new version.

Like its predecessor, “We Are The World – 25 For Haiti” features a very diverse lineup. There are longtime music veterans Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand with teenage stars Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber. Also included are Celine Dion, Wyclef Jean, Lil Wayne, Josh Groban, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Pink, Usher, Will.i.am, Enrique Iglesias, Kanye West, The Jonas Brothers, Robin Thicke, Drake, Ron Thomas, LL Cool J and actors Jeff Bridges and Vince Vaughn. Janet Jackson will sing her brother Michael’s middle part in the original.

“It’s inspired chaos,” said Groban. “We’re all there for the same reason and it’s great to see so many legendary artists sweating it out; doing it until it’s over. Everybody left their ego at the door. To be smack dab in the middle of a sandwich between Weezy and Barbra Streisand was personally a creative experience I don’t think I’ll have the pleasure of having again.”

The video of the new “We Are the World” recording session, which was filmed in 3-D and was directed by Paul Haggis (Crash), will premiere on NBC during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada on February 12.

In the meantime, get a taste of the new “We Are The World” in the videos below.

 

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