Stars gather to cover `We Are the World’ for Haiti
AP, Feb 2, 2010 6:00 am PST
The charity anthem We Are the World has been re-recorded by 80 artists who came together in the same Hollywood studio where the original was cut 25 years ago.
Pink, Natalie Cole, Kanye West, Jennifer Hudson, Céline Dion, Brian Wilson and others stood shoulder-to-shoulder on risers at Henson Recording studios Monday night to raise money for Haiti earthquake relief.
“This one, the enthusiasm, I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Lionel Richie, who wrote the original with Michael Jackson, who died in June at age 50.
Richie oversaw the new version with music mogul Quincy Jones, 76.
Jones, who produced the 1985 anthem, announced last week that he planned to redo the song to benefit recovery efforts after the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12.
We Are the World — 25 for Haiti will premiere this month during coverage of the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Games on NBC, according to a release from promoter AEG Live.