“We Are The World” remake planned for Haiti relief
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones are casting a new group of music all-stars to record a remake of the 1985 global classic “We Are The World.” Plans for a remake of the song had already been underway prior to the tragic Earthquake in Haiti. Now, sales from the new single and video will benefit the various Haiti earthquake relief funds.
Recording for the remake will take place in Los Angeles on February 1 after some of music’s biggest stars take part in the 57th annual Grammy Awards. Sting, Fergie, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Natalie Cole and John Legend are among those rumored to participate in the new recording.
Written by Richie and Michael Jackson and produced by Jones and Michael Omartian, “We Are the World” was released in 1985 to benefit African famine relief. The song featured vocals from legends such as Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Jackson, Richie and many more. “We Are the World” became the fastest-selling American pop single in history and was named the biggest selling single of all time.