New Artists Re-record 'We Are The World'
25 Years After Original, New Version For Haitian Earthquake Victims
February 2, 2010 at 4:20 AM (PT)
Producer QUINCY JONES and singer/songwriter LIONEL RICHIE, the producer and co-writer of the iconic 1985 philanthropic anthem "We Are The World," have confirmed that they have teamed with producer/musician WYCLEF JEAN and Grammy-winning producer REDONE and producer/musical director RICKY MINOR in association with AEG Pres./CEO, AEG LIVE RANDY PHILLIPS, to record a contemporary version of the song to benefit the Haitian earthquake relief.
The world premiere of "We Are The World -- 25 For HAITI" will air during NBC's coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the VANCOUVER WINTER OLYMPICS on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12th.
What an unbelievable group of people who have come together to give their voices, for a cause to start the healing of a people who have experienced a devastation of such magnitude.
Commented JONES, "Twenty-five years ago, the entertainment industry showed the power of community to help our fellow man when we recorded 'We Are The World' to bring relief to those suffering from famine in ETHIOPIA. While the need to assistant AFRICA continues, today the country of HAITI is suffering immeasurably from the destruction due to the recent earthquake and is in immediate need of relief that will last long after the television cameras have left. As artists, we have joined together on this 25th anniversary and in the spirit of 'We Are The World' to help meet that need."
"What an unbelievable group of people who have come together to give their voices, for a cause to start the healing of a people who have experienced a devastation of such magnitude," said RICHIE. "We believe 'We Are The World -- 25 for HAITI' can be the start of the healing process."
"On JANUARY 12th, the people of HAITI were faced with a tragedy unlike anything the country has ever experienced," said WYCLEF JEAN. "Today, I am proud to be joined by so many members of the artistic community that want to support the region and have donated their time and talents to providing an effective way for the global community to get involved with helping the Haitian population."
Upon its original release, "We Are the World" quickly became the fastest-selling single in history and in the years that have followed, USA FOR AFRICA has raised and distributed more than $63 million in revenue from the sales of more than 7 million units of the album, single and cassettes, plus nearly 2 million digital sales and related merchandise.
"We Are The World" -- 25th Anniversary Recording For Haitian Earthquake Relief Artists Roster
QUINCY JONES: Executive Producer LIONEL RICHIE: Executive Producer
WYCLEF JEAN: Executive Producer RICKEY MINOR: Producer
CARLOS SANTANA ORIANTHI
JENNIFER HUDSON JAMIE FOXX
SUGARLAND ADAM LEVINE
JASON MRAZ EARTH WIND & FIRE
NATALIE COLE THE JONAS BROTHERS
T PAIN BRIAN WILSON
JUSTIN BIEBER NICOLE SCHERZINGER
INDIA.ARIE JULIANNE HOUGH
MARY MARY MELANIE FIONA
BEBE WINANS MYA
TYRESE GIBSON ANTHONY HAMILTON
RAPHAEL SAADIQ GLADYS KNIGHT
KERI HILSON JOEL & BENJI MADDEN
PINK MUSIQ SOULCHILD
MILEY CYRUS AKON
JORDIN SPARKS CELINE DION
ROB THOMAS KATHARINE McPHEE
JEFF BRIDGES RANDY JACKSON
PATTI AUSTIN KID CUDI
KANYE WEST LL COOL J
ISAAC SLADE (aka The Fray) SNOOP DOGG
NICOLE RICHIE TREY SONGZ
ETHAN BORTNICK TARYLL JACKSON
TAJ JACKSON TJ JACKSON
VINCE VAUGHN DRAKE
FREDA PAYNE FAITH EVANS
ROBIN THICKE RASHIDA JONES
BARBRA STREISAND JIMMY JEAN LOUIS
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS ZAC BROWN
LIL WAYNE TONY BENNETT
JOSH GROBAN SEAN GARRETT
HARRY CONNICK, JR. AL JARDINE
BONE THUGS AND HARMONY (BIZZY BONES)