'We Are The World' remake was big mistake, Jay-Z says
Finally, a celebrity has said what a lot of people probably were thinking: We Are the World should not have been remade. The new version, recorded to raise funds for Haiti, debuted Friday during the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.
"I appreciate the efforts and everything, but We are the World is [musically] untouchable like Thriller is untouchable," rapper Jay-Z said in Dallas over the weekend. "It was a valiant effort, but for me, it's gonna be untouchable."
Critics so far couldn't agree more. The new song ... well, frankly it sucks. (And I'll confess that I personally couldn't stand the original either. The cotton candy lyrics are just lame.)
"The updated take was horribly oversung... Guilty parties from the opening verse include Jennifer Hudson, Justin Bieber, Josh Groban and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, each of them cramming too many notes into not enough syllables. Take it easy, guys," the Washington Post wrote.
The New York Times went a step further: "Lil Wayne, you're no Bob Dylan." The Times goes on to call it "big-name karaoke."
"I think it's time for us to make a new [song]," Jay-Z says. "I would have loved that idea better."