We Are The World – 25 for Haiti

As mentioned on my blog post yesterday, this morning/’last night’s’ Winter Olympic opening ceremony saw the full release of the ‘We Are The World’ charity record which has been put together by music artists over in the US  in aid of the Haitians.

It’s soooo much better than our downbeat offering, ‘Everybody Hurts’ (though of course, both are equally as deserving and should be commended), and here’s hoping that everyone gets behind it and plenty of money is raised!

‘We Are The World’ is one of my favourite MJ songs, so it’s good to see that it’s been able to be put to such good use and become a little more prominent in his back-catalogue too.

If you would like to give to this cause, or buy the song, please click through to http://wearetheworldfoundation.org/

Recorded on February 1st, 2010, in the same studio as the original 25 years earlier (Henson Recording Studios, formerly A&M Recording Studios) “We Are The World 25 For Haiti”, in which Jones and Richie serve as executive producers and producers, was created in collaboration with executive producers Wyclef Jean, Randy Phillips and Peter Tortorici; producers Humberto Gattica and RedOne; and co-producers Rickey Minor, Mervyn Warren and Patti Austin to benefit the Haitian earthquake relief efforts and the rebuilding of Haiti.

Academy Award-winning writer-director Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), whose own personal efforts as well as those of Artists for Peace and Justice have already saved countless lives in Haiti, filmed the private recording session to create the accompanying video and behind-the-scenes production, and serves as Film Director and as an Executive Producer with Jones, Richie, Jean, Phillips and Tortorici.

The 25th Anniversary recording features over 80 artists and performers. The recording of We Are The World 25 For Haiti embodied the same enthusiasm, sense of purpose and generosity as the original recording 25 years ago. Every one of the artists who participated, regardless of genre or generation, walked into the room with their hearts and souls completely open to coming together to help the people of Haiti.

ARTISTS FOR HAITI

  • QUINCY JONES – Executive Producer
  • LIONEL RICHIE – Executive Producer
  • WYCLEF JEAN – Executive Producer
  • RICKEY MINOR – Producer
  • RedOne – Producer
  • CARLOS SANTANA
  • 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
  • HEART
  • BRANDY
  • P!NK
  • 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 (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)
  • AR RAHMEN
  • FERGIE
  • MARY J. BLIGE
  • ORIANTHI
  • MANN
  • NIPSEY HUSSLE
  • IYAZ
  • KEITH HARRIS
  • NIKKA COSTA
  • TONI BRAXTON
  • FARNSWORTH BENTLEY
  • PLAIN PAT
  • IL TRIO

“We Are the World” is a song and charity single originally recorded by the supergroup USA for Africa in 1985. It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and co-produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian for the album We Are the World. Honored numerous times — including three Grammy Awards, one American Music Award and a People’s Choice Award — the song was promoted with a critically received music video, a home video, a special edition magazine, a simulcast, and several books, posters and shirts. The promotion and merchandise aided the success of “We Are the World”, which was eventually named the biggest-selling single of all time.

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. Just over half the total was spent on emergency relief (food, medicine, and refugee services) and the balance was used to support more than 500 different relief, rehabilitation and development projects in 18 different countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Thirty-Two year old northern lad; living out in the Peak District and rediscovering life after having had a brain tumour.

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