Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Making of "We Are the World" (The Haiti Version)

It's been 25 years since Lionel Richie wrote "We Are the World" with Michael Jackson to help end hunger in Africa.
With producer Quincy Jones on board, musicians like Stevie Wonder, Kenny Rogers, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen were eager to lend their talent to the cause.
The single skyrocketed to the top of the charts, won four Grammys and raised millions to help those in need.

After the devastating Haiti earthquake, Lionel and Quincy decided it was time to bring back "We Are the World." More than 80 of the world's most talented singers joined the project—including Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, The Jonas Brothers, Pink, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Jay-Z, Jennifer Nettles, Jennifer Hudson and Lady Gaga. "I've never seen so much excitement—Tony Bennett, Snoop Dog talking to each other.
Lil Wayne, Barbra Streisand talking to each other," Lionel says. "Everyone stepped up, and it's beautiful."

Acording to Lionel Richie, "When the original single was recorded in 1985, there was a sign at the studio that read, "Check your egos at the door." This time, Lionel says everyone's egos disappeared once they were reminded why they were there. "It lasted for about 20 minutes," he says. "Once you see the kids standing on top of their homes, on top of their families—because they're still in the rubble. ... Now, the egos stop. You absolutely know what you're supposed to do when you're there."

Despite the amazing talent in the room, Lionel says many of the performers were actually nervous. "You get in there and realize the new group can't really perform in the circle. In other words, they're nervous," he says. "We had to have three separate rooms [for soloists to record in]." The plan, Lionel says, was for the new recording to remain a secret.. "Right after we finished the first verse, everybody's Twittered."
Lionel says the new performance brought back memories of working with Michael Jackson back in 1985—and shares a story he's never told publicly. "We're writing the lyrics of 'We Are the World' the first time," he says. "I'm lying on the floor, and I see out of the corner of my eye some records falling over. There's a python."
Lionel was rattled, but Michael was excited. "[He says]: 'Oh, there he is, Lionel. I found the snake,'" he says. "It's an albino python that he couldn't find in the house."
To honor his friend, Lionel found a way to put Michael in the video. "He had to be in it," he says. "So what we did was we have Michael singing [his] exact same part with the footage, and Janet, his sister, singing along with him."

Sassy's View: "Well maybe this brought back a kind of unity and oneness to the over 80 stars but I still insist the song should have been left alone"



muyiwa said...

ok i know that the remake is not like the original but its still ok,hit me up on elegbedemuyiwa@gmail.com

Sassy Trends said...

aight then...cheers...

2cute4u said...

so you're in league with jay-z uh? well i agree with you.. The we are the world of the 80's was in a total class of it's own.They should have thought of some other way to pull funds in or another song or whatever else was there.

Daughter of Wisdom said...

Actually, I love this new version as much as the old version. I can appreciate both for what they are. The old version was a classic, and the new version reaches the current generation.

Larom said...

Seriously following the Jay Z part, the song shouldn't have been remade...if they wanted to raise for charity, they could have done that with another song or something else.

histreasure said...

i co-sign daughter of wisdom.. i can appreciate both songs..MJ's own is still a classic but there's othing stopping anyone frm re-making any of his songs..

infact, i think it's an honour that this song was chosen for this

Sassy Trends said...

@DOF, well if you think so but I still feel a new song shuld have been made in its stead tho..xx
@2cute4u, I am oo..lol..you have said it all..need I say more?
Will check out your blog..xx
@Larom, I concur..xx
@histreasure...well..if you say so..lol
Aw have you been dear? missed you..xx

オテモヤン said...


Sassy Trends said...

?.... the general language on thizz blog is English, no one can understand you clearly...here...

shade said...

lollzz..mayb is not so good in writing english.....
the old one is still the best ...but am glad they all came 2geda to sing this one..its a sign of 2gedanesss

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