'We Are The World' remake to benefit Haiti recovery
Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie are assembling an all-star lineup of musicians to re-record We Are The World in an effort to raise money for Haiti, according to the Celebrity News Service.
The 1985 song was written by Richie and Michael Jackson. Featuring the voices of Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and more, the tune raised tens of millions of dollars for Africa.
The new plan is to convene a similar panel of today's hit-makers right after next Sunday night's Grammy Awards at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.
"This time the artists invited include Usher, Natalie Cole, and John Legend. But you can bet that more names will be added shortly and that all the Grammy nominees and participants will be asked to come as well," says the Hollywood Reporter's Showbiz 411 blog. "Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich will produce the event, which will then be turned into a video and single just like it was in 1985. Don’t be surprised if Wyclef Jean joins in, along with Sting, Fergie, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake and other distinctive voices."
It seems there were already plans in place to remake We Are The World this year to celebrate its 25th anniversary, but plans were moved up after the Haiti earthquake. It's also believed that Jackson's voice will be added to the new single as well.
The question I have, and I know it's shared my other '80s fans: With all that talent, why not come up with a new song? Why remake our classic?