Musicians record 'We Are the World' remake in same studio used in 1985
Twenty-five years after the biggest music stars of the '80s gathered to record a song to draw attention to African famine relief efforts, a modern-day remake of We Are the World took place Monday night in the same Hollywood studio used a quarter century ago.
Producer Quincy Jones was back in charge, as was Lionel Richie (who wrote the original song with Michael Jackson), according to media reports. Singer and Haiti native Wyclef Jean also played a prominent role in the recording, which will benefit earthquake relief efforts in his home country.
Nearly 50 artists collaborated in the original recording, but more than 80 were on hand Monday, a day after the 52nd annual Grammy Awards gathered most of the music biz's elite in Los Angeles.
Among the participants: Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Pink, Celine Dion, Usher, Will.i.am, Enrique Iglesias, Kanye West, Natalie Cole, Toni Braxton and the Jonas Brothers, according to various reports. Click here for the full list of participants in the We Are the World remake.
A couple of '80s stars on hand: LL Cool J, Harry Connick Jr. and actor Jeff Bridges (no doubt taking the place of Dan Aykroyd, who appeared in the 1985 version).
None of the stars from the original song appear in the remake, according to one report.
A music video was recorded during the session. It will debut Feb. 12 during the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Click here to see a video of behind the scenes at the recording session.
As for the big question -- who will take the place of Michael Jackson's part in the remake -- the answer is ... his sister Janet Jackson."She's doing Michael's part in the middle the same part Michael did," Quincy Jones told the press. "She's representing Michael."