So here’s the video of We Are The World 25 for Haiti performed by today’s famous international artists around the world. It was recorded last February 1, 2010 in Henson Recording Studios, formerly A&M Recording Studios. The same studio as the original version 25 years earlier.
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.
Here’s the original version of We Are The World (USA for Africa) which was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. It was produced by Quincy Jones, and recorded by popular musicians to raise funds to help famine-relief efforts in Ethiopia which experienced unusual drought in 1985.
Michael Jackson together with other USA for Africa artists, which included Ray Charles, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen, Smokey Robinson and many other artists recorded the final recording on January 28, 1985, at A&M Recording Studios in Hollywood, California. [Source]
Check it out:
I still love the original version. I guess it is much well performed and heartfelt than the new version. I can’t seem to feel the message of the song on this new version. I feel like it is not how it should be. I don’t even know why they didn’t included some famous rock artist or band. The rap verse could have been much shorter and clear. This is not how Michael Jackson did the original version. The original is much stronger, powerful and heartfelt. You can hear the emotions from how they sang it.