Stars gather for We Are the World remake
Although the Hope for Haiti telethon raised upwards of $58 million, stars aren't shutting the door on goodwill efforts. On February 1, in a Hollywood studio, an army of stellar voices contributed to a song in the effort raise millions of dollars more for Haitian earthquake relief.
Remember We Are the World from 1985? That track gathered the world's biggest stars of the day and raised more than $30 million for African humanitarian programs. With the 2010 We Are the World update, music legends such as Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand recorded a new version of the song among newbies such as Justin Bieber.
Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones, the original producers, gathered a "who's who" of contemporary superstars at the very same studio used in the 1985 recording session.
Ritchie co-wrote the first song with Michael Jackson back in the day. The production team includes producer-musician Wyclef Jean, producer RedOne and producer-musical director Ricky Minor (American Idol). And what better world stage on which to premiere the new We Are the World than the Winter Olympics?
The new We Are the World version will be unveiled during NBC's coverage of the opening ceremony in Vancouver on February 12.
Curious to see if your fave singers were involved in the recording?
Here's a list of names released from the jam session:
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 and Benji Madden, Heart, Brandy, Pink, Musiq Soulchild, Miley Cyrus, Akon, Jordin Sparks, Celine Dion, Rob Thomas, Katharine McPhee, Jeff Bridges, Randy Jackson, Patti Austin, Kid CuDi, Usher, Will.i.am, Kanye West, LL Cool J, Issac Slade (of 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-n-Harmony (Bizzy Bone) and AR Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire).