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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Buscador Google de Personas: Terremoto en Chile

Earthquake in Chile

I have not read anything but the headlines when my heart dropped through my toes.  Since December, there are so many people that have touched my heart as we've grown close working together on getting the Opuses delivered.

When I saw "Earthquake in Chile" in the news this morning-- my first thought was to write Byfepo and Paly to make sure they and their families both are okay.  I just sent the email, so I haven't heard anything from either of them yet.

Please keep the people of Chile in your hearts today.  I have asked if there is anything we can do either for our two friends or the country.

I will keep you posted.  You can read about the 8.8 earthquake here

UpdatesChile Thankfully I heard from Paly earlier today.  I have still not yet heard from Byfepo.  I am worried but I know there are still places in Santiago where there is no communications available.  As the death toll rises, I ask each of you to pray, ask your higher power and ask to keep the people of the earth safe.

There was strong aftershock in Argentina.  Our Velvet is there. 

There are also reports of a possible tsunami for Japan and Russia.  The tsunami for Japan is expected possibly within the hour as I write this.  I just heard there is also a warning for the Philippine Islands.

Keep updated internationally on CNN here

Because of the Opus, each of these countries contains people I have talked to over the last several months, and in many cases a friendship has developed...over the Opus.  I sit tonight terrified for each of your safety.  Please be safe, and please either email or leave a message as soon as you can.  Each and every one of you are so important to me.

My prayers are with you.
Cali

Friday, February 26, 2010

Michael Jackson Opus update

Word from Opus UK is Argentina Opi will clear Customs on Saturday, with deliveries scheduled starting Monday and Wednesday of next week. 

Countries that have had NO deliveries as of yet are also Brazil, Russia and Ukraine. 

There are also people waiting for their PRE-order Opuses in the following countries where deliveries were made and these people's orders were missed:
UK, Australia, Sweden, South Korea, Bulgaria, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Phillipines, Peru, UAE, and USA.

(Plus any more that crop up between now and then. I am STILL getting new people writing me)


This is why we still need to keep emailing the letter below.   Thank each of you from the bottom of my heart for sending your emails.  Let's keep going.  We are making some progress!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Calling ALL MJ fans who ordered MJ Opus!

OK FOLKS-- IT'S EMAIL TIME!
The fans who are still waiting for their Opuses (Opi) are being told there is another 2-3 WEEK wait for their orders.  These are the people who PREordered just like you.  (Country Update page) Now I need your help!!

I need each of you, whether you have your Opus or not to send the email just below this post to each of the following


andy@krakengroup.com
lara@krakengroup.com
customercare@michaeljacksonopus.com
karl@krakengroup.com


I have gathered all the details, and it has a disclaimer in there this is only partial documentation. (Cause it really is). The above addresses are for Opus UK. I need you to post this on your forums-- and ask EVERYONE to send at least one email a DAY to the addresses. We need EVERYONE to do this.


For those of you who have your Opus, please realize you are still missing part of your order (OR card) and you may need help with that. So, right now please raise your voice with ours--as one.


One a day and repost. I am still working with my contact but please trust in me -- ok?


If you want to see what I'm adding to the top of the email I'm sending, please go here-- you'll love the emocons. Look for post #2060


Much L.O.V.E.
Cali

Email to Copy/Paste

andy@krakengroup.com
lara@krakengroup.com
customercare@michaeljacksonopus.com
karl@krakengroup.com

 
Andy, Lara, CustomerCare & Karl,

This is partial documentation of the delivery promises you have made to your customers since December. Please rectify this without further excuse or delay.

Argentina
Dec 29th Opus UK notified Argentina delivery after Jan. 4th
Jan 7th Opus UK notified Opus' in Port of Los Angeles; Fed Tracking info would be sent Monday Jan 11th, Delivery by January 15th
Jan 11th Opus UK notified computer problems. Fed Ex Tracking info would be sent Tuesday Jan 12th
Jan 14th Cali talked to Andy notified customs problems (similar to Brazil). Fed Ed Tracking would be sent Monday Jan 18th, Delivery January 22nd
Jan 20th Opus UK notified delivery now expected week of Jan 25th
Jan 26th Opus UK notified delivery now expected beginning Wed Feb 3rd
Jan 29th Opus UK notified that Tax ID numbers are needed from each customer and shipment is expected Feb 4th.
Feb 11th Opus UK mass email to customers Opus to be dispatched by Feb 18th
Feb 23rd Opus UK notified delivery delay of 2-3 weeks.

Australia
2 Pre Order customers Cali notified Andy since Jan 14th

Brazil
Dec 29th Opus UK non responsive to customers
Jan 12th Andy replied shipment early week of Jan. 18th with Fed Ex Tracking info emailed before that.
Jan 13th Andy replied shipment costs more than what customer paid for Opus. Shipment to begin within 7 days.
Jan 14th Cali talked to Andy notified customs problems (similar to Brazil). Fed Ed Tracking would be sent Monday Jan 18th, Delivery January 22nd
Jan 20th Opus UK notified delivery now expected week of Jan 25th
Jan 26th Opus UK notified delivery now expected beginning Wed Feb 3rd
Jan 29th Opus UK notified that Tax ID numbers are needed from each customer and shipment is expected Feb 4th.
Feb 11th Opus UK mass email to customers Opus to be dispatched by Feb 18th
Feb 23rd Opus UK notified delivery delay of 2-3 weeks.

Chile
Dec 28th Opus UK non responsive to customers
Dec 29th Opus UK non responsive to customers
Jan 6th Opus UK notified delivery now expected by Jan 15th, with Fed Ex Tracking info email before that.
Jan 12th Andy replied shipment early week of Jan. 18th with Fed Ex Tracking info emailed before that.
Jan 13th Andy replied shipment costs more than what customer paid for Opus. Shipment to begin within 7 days.
Jan 14th Cali talked to Andy notified customs problems (similar to Brazil). Fed Ed Tracking would be sent Monday Jan 18th, Delivery January 22nd
Jan 20th Opus UK notified delivery now expected week of Jan 25th
Jan 26th Opus UK notified delivery now expected beginning Wed Feb 3rd
Jan 29th Opus UK notified that Tax ID numbers are needed from each customer and shipment is expected Feb 4th.
Feb 11th Opus UK mass email to customers Opus to be dispatched by Feb 18th
Feb 23rd Opus UK notified delivery delay of 2-3 weeks.

China Preorder
Cali Notified Andy Opus UK Jan 14th

republic of Georgia
Dec 25 Customer began contacting Opus UK
Jan 14th Cali notified Andy Opus UK Jan 14th
Jan 24 Customer told delivery expected that week
Germany
Pre Order customer Cali notified Andy since Jan 14th

Ireland
Cali notified Andy since Jan 14th

Netherlands Customers NYTram
Netherlands Opus deliveries began Jnauary 6th
Jan 14th Cali called Andy Opus UK asking for specific assistance.
Jan 15th Andy Opus UK was given email address for Netherlands customer; Andy emailed customer for full customer details; Customer sent info; Andy replied would be checked into Jan 15th or Jan 18th
Jan 18th Andy Opus UK notified Cali his Blackberry rollerball broke over the weekend. Emails backed up due to not being able to work them over the weekend.
Jan 22nd Andy Opus UK notified customer Opus would be sent following week, with Fed Ex Tracking info to be sent by Wed Jan 27th
Jan 27th No Fed Ex Tracking info sent to customer
Feb 1 Andy Opus UK to send Opus week Feb 8th
Feb 11th Opus UK mass email to customers Opus to be dispatched by Feb 18th
Feb 19th Cali emailed Andy cc: Lara Opus UK asking status of customer's Opus (no reply)

Philippines
Pre order customer Cali notified Andy Opus UK since Jan 14th

Russia
Dec 16 Opus UK non responsive to Russian customer's email
Dec 18 Opus UK non responsive to Russian customer's email
Dec 20 Opus UK non responsive to Russian customer's email
Dec 21 Opus UK non responsive to Russian customer's email
Dec 22 Opus UK non responsive to Russian customer's email
Dec 23 Opus UK non responsive to Russian customer's email
Dec 27 Opus UK non responsive to Russian customer's email
Jan 4th Fed Ex Tracking info received
Jan 5th Problems discovered by customers with waybills. (Similar to Ukraine) Customs fees $175 due to incorrect waybills
Jan 11th More problems for Moscow. No customs broker at Fed Ex and Opus are not present for Moscow.
Jan 14th Cali called Andy Opus UK. Waybills would be corrected or a new shipment would be sent. Existing shipment in Russia would be returned.
Jan 20th Opus UK non responsive to request for update.
Jan 29th Opus UK notified books would be reshipped week beginning Feb 2nd
Feb 11th Opus UK mass email to customers Opus to be dispatched by Feb 18th
Feb 23rd Opus UK notified delivery delay of 2-3 weeks.

Sweden
Pre-order customer Cali notified Andy Opus UK since Jan 14th

Ukraine
Jan 6th Opus UK notified books to be delivered Jan 11th
Jan 11th Waybill sent by Opus UK was priced at current retail ($450 local exchange), not pre-order price-- making the Customs fee an additonal $150.
Jan 14th Cali called Andy Opus UK. Waybills would be corrected or a new shipment would be sent. Existing shipment in Ukraine would be returned.
Jan 20th Opus UK non responsive to request for update.
Jan 29th Opus UK notified books would be reshipped week beginning Feb 2nd
Feb 11th Opus UK mass email to customers Opus to be dispatched by Feb 18th
Feb 23rd Opus UK notified delivery delay of 2-3 weeks.

UK customer
Sam ordered December 26th. Opus still not received. Cali notified Andy and Lara Feb 22. Customer has been following up directly with Opus UK until this point.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Joe Jackson can review Michael's UCLA medical records

Judge Mitchell Beckloff has ordered Joe Jackson can review Michael's medical records for June 25 only. There are stipulations. Hopefully Oxman will act ethically, something lately he has been lacking.

Read more about it here and here.

Thank you Volos for the Yahoo link.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

'Somos el Mundo'

Ummmmmm. Ummmmm. Ummmmmm. Put on your helmets folks... this will be a bumpy ride! Before you read on, you may want to remove any item within reach that is breakable, throwable or just tie your hands together... if you are prone to react as I just did.

Where to begin? I am not completely over We are the World 2010, and someone delivered a SURPRISE to my email this morning. (Thanks Volos!)

Maybe Mr. Richie and Mr. Jones should listen to Jay-Z. "Original 'We are the World" 'Untouchable'. Read that interview on MTv here
ADD: Here is another MTv article trying to answer the question if the remake was too contemporary.

For non-latin speaking folks: "Somos el Mundo" translates to..... (wait for it wait for it)......... WE ARE THE WORLD.

Sigh.

Gloria Estefan and her husband have received approval from Lionel Richie himself to record a Latin version of "We Are the World".

I KID YOU NOT!

Ok Lionel, originally I focused my disgust towards Quincy Jones and gave you benefit of doubt since Randy Phillips came out before WATW 25 blew out my eardrums. I also gave you benefit of doubt with the comment you yourself made on the Larry King Live interview on February 10th, but now this is directed at you. You are quoted as approving the remake. Why don't you and others get together and write a NEW song. Leave this one alone.

I am so disgusted!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New York City Tribute? UPDATE

Updated and bumped February 16, 2010
Mural will adorn subway where Bad was filmed, according to this from NBC News.

Original post below, August 28, 2009


There were rumblings earlier about renaming a substation in New York's subway system after Michael. Why this substation? It's fame should be recognizable to Michael's fans or anyone who has seen the video "Bad." It is the same station where Michael danced around as we watched with delight. To many, I'm sure they didn't even know it was filmed on location rather than a studio.

What say you? Should NY rename the station? Would you be willing to drop a few dollars if they insist on financial gain? Read this article and let me hear from you. And be sure to share this article with all your friends. Maybe by the power of our voice, we can persuade NY to let this go forward.

Here is a 1988 interview with Jet / Ebony talking about "Bad" and where the storyline came from. And NY doesn't want to pay tribute?

Michael's movie "Bad"
Part I Located here
Part II Located here

**Note: The embedded videos will be put back up at a later date. Too many videos on this first page is slowing load up of this page.

UPDATE: 09/01/09: This councilwoman won't give up! Props to Leticia James of NY for continuing to come up with ideas that can't be shot down by NY's MTA. Have to put on our thinking caps and see what can be done about renaming the station. IT WILL HAPPEN!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Helping Haiti ... Simon Cowell

What do you think of "Everybody Hurts", a collaboration with Simon Cowell and artists, "Helping Haiti". Sound off below.

WARNING: Some graphic images.
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You can purchase or donate here.

Dancing Jackson Day August 29, 2010

Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958. Beginning Sunday, August 29th, 2010 people from across the globe are invited to celebrate Dancing Jackson Day.


Wherever, whenever, and however you wish to dance you do so.

The above was sent to me via email, and there's no website.  There's nothing to sign up for-- just something we can all join in on. 

Mark your calendars.

Video reviews of WATW 25

Thanks Meyling for pointing this out. Here's the demo video of Michael on WATW 1985.

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I found some really interesting and some funny reviews about We are the World 25 on YouTube. There are some good points, and there are some FUNNY comments. I found myself laughing outloud at some of these. One of the most interesting points to me (as a person who was much older than many of these reviewers when the first WATW came out)was how more connected to the original WATW and not this one. That *really* floored me. But, let's just say they have GOOD TASTE! giggles

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did! I'll add more as I find them.

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Neesha REALLY made me laugh!
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From an older generation-
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Friday, February 12, 2010

Sound off about We are the World 25

Twenty-five years after Michael and Lionel Richie sat down and wrote We are the World, a new version was debuted tonight during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics. 

Here is We Are The World 5 for Haiti offical web page.  For what it is worth, this version skyrocketed to #1 on iTunes download hours after it's release.  It is still there today (2/15)

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Did I miss Maya Angelou's poem that was supposed to have been read by Michael's three children, per Katherine's request? 

Here is Larry King interviewing Quincy & Lionel on Feb. 10th
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What did you think of it?  Leave a comment below.  Connect with Mr. Quincy Jones on Twitter @QuincyDJones  You can leave a message on Billboard.com here too.  Here is the YouTube page.  Be sure to comment.

I applaud all the artists who took part in WATW 25 for Haiti.  Their hearts reached out to help others devistated by the January 12th Earthquake.  There were some spectacular performances, truly.  Jennifer Hudson. WOW gurl!  I luv Orianthi and Celine Dion.  Janet and 3T-- my heart is with each of you & your entire family.  Pink, another WOW! 

Personally, I am going to again (for the 3rd time) repurchase the 1985 WATW which supports USA For Africa.  I confirmed with the organization that 70% of all money still goes directly to USA For Africa.  There are a total of 250 organizations that are supported by this song, and USA for Africa is the largest benefactor (70%).  To date the 1985 version has raised $63 million dollars to help fight hunger.  Please read about it here and on a previous thread WATW- Yesterday and Today here

Also, there is a Facebook Campaign called "Make Original We Are The World No. 1" here.  Add your name if you agree.

After I repurchase 1985 WATW, I will donate *more* money to TEAM MICHAEL with UNICEF, whose proceeds also go to Haiti.

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You can purchase the 1985 version for .99 cents below.  So why not buy it 5 times?

iTunes here
USAForAfrica.org here (also has other merch)

Moment to remember

Please take a moment to remember Nodar Kumaritashvili, the 21 year-old Olympic luger of Georgia.  He died this morning during a training accident in Vancouver.

Reuters has reactions here.

Ana, my condolences on the loss of one of your countrymen.  We ARE the world-- we have each other and reach across land and water, bound together in L.O.V.E.

Let us use it to truly make the world a better place.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Opus Update

Ok, for those who have been following this blog since December about the Opus issues, please email me if you still have not received your Opus.

We have a new contact.

If you have never contacted me before, please include your country and date of order.  Check this Update by Country list to see the known status of delivery.

This is for orders made before December 7th, and through Kraken Opus or Ticketmaster only.

cali_mj_fan@yahoo.com

Friday, February 5, 2010

Court hearing

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Katherine Jackson speaks... and you should listen!

Conrad Murray in Los Angeles

(*bump from 2/2/10)
Let's make sure the world hears MJ fans. Please copy and paste the following to all your Twitter Followers for TODAY 2/5/10 at exactly 1:30pm Pacific Time WE have to act fast.


Join together around the world at 130pm Pacific Time Every MJ fan tweet #MichaelJackson & RT 7 times (One for every month)
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According to this MSNBC post, Dr. Conrad Murray, arrived in Los Angeles over the weekend, both for a family event, and to "be available for law enforcement."  Ed Chernoff, one of his attorneys from Houston, is reported to arrive in LA also.

We don't know if this really means charges will be brought, but it sure is closer than we've seen in the past months.

Will keep updated as things unravel!  PS. The higher the ARTICLE #, the newer the information.

ARTICLE 1:   TMZ reports Murray may turn himself tomorrow morning
ARTICLE 2:  LA Times Blog Murray in town to see his infant child.
ARTICLE  3:  TMZ reports Murray meets with lawyers before surrender
ARTICLE 4:  CNN.com Lawyer: Michael Jackson's doctor to surrender
ARTICLE 5:  Houston Chronicle Murray leaves Houston to face possible charge
ARTICLE 6:  MJFC EXCLUSIVE:  Murray will be charged
ARTICLE 7: TMZ reports  Criminal Complaint Ready in Michael Jackson Death
VIDEO INTERVIEW 1:  CBS (Brian Oxman) Jackson Attorney: Dr. Murray a Murderer
ARTICLE 8:  TMZ reports  Conrad Murray -- Waiting for the Call
ARTICLE 9:  MTV reports  Michael Jackson's Doctor Conrad Murray: A Timeline
ARTICLE 10:  TMZ reports  Dr. Conrad Murray - Not Charged Today
ARTICLE 11:  TMZ reports FRIDAY is the day:  Murray will surrender morning: 1:30pm PT Murray will face the judge.
ARTICLE 12:  CNN reports  Jackson's doctor 'negotiating' surrender
ARTICLE 13:  TMZ reports  Tension Between LAPD and D.A. in Jackson Case
ARTICLE 14:  ETOnline reports  MURRAY WENT TO VISIT MICHAEL AT FOREST LAWN!
ARTICLE 15:  TMZ reports  Feud between LAPD & D.A. Deepens over Murray
ARTICLE 16:  TMZ reports  LAPD/D.A. Feud Derails Dr. Murray Arraignment
ARTCILE 17:  CNN reports  Michael Jackson's doctor will not surrender to authorities Friday 
ARTICLE 18:  LA Times reports  Officials debate whether to allow Michael Jackson's doctor to surrender
ARTICLE 19:  ABC reports Lawyer: Jackson Doctor to Surrender Friday
ARTICLE 20:  Dallas Morning News reports Rep: Jackson doctor to surrender Friday regardless
ARTICLE 21:  Houston Chronicle reports Jackson's Houston doctor set to surrender today
ARTICLE 22:  CTV reports (video) Michael Jackson's doctor to surrender in L.A.
ARTICLE 23:  TMZ reports Conrad Murray Will Show in Court No Matter What
ARTICLE 24:  CNN reports Jackson's doctor plans to surrender


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This video is REALLY worth a watch! (added 2/4/10)


This is an interesting paragraph on what homicide means, from a legal view, according to Ed Chernoff's firm website:
"Homicide: Homicide is the killing of one human being by another. Homicide includes murder and manslaughter, which are unlawful, and the acts of excusable and justifiable homicides, which are lawful. Consequences for the conviction of murder may potentially include: death, life imprisonment without parole, some other amount of jail time with the possibility of parole, or probation depending on the actual crime of which someone is convicted."
Chernoff's Firm Press Page
NON-MJ related:  TMZ reports  Michael Jackson Doctor Loses Court Case

FANS: (Auto-repost) If you want mail delivered to Michael at Forest Lawn

This is copied directly from a post on Michael's site (through Sony). Source

Fri, 12/18/2009 - 15:40 — IreneLovesMichael

MJ FANS WORLDWIDE - **PLEASE READ**
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A P.O. Box has been donated by our Michael Jackson Fans Of Southern California (MJFSC) face book group!!! This box will be available to anyone who wishes to send MJ a card or letter anytime for any reason!! They will be collected and take to FL (Forest Lawn to MJ at Holly Terrace) as the box fills. ANYONE may use this address for at least the next 6 months and most likely longer!! Please WRITE DOWN THE MJ MAIL ADDRESS for post go to the bottom rather quickly here!
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MJ Mail
2470 Stearns Street #202
Simi Valley, California 93063
U.S.A.
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Please feel free to start sending in your Valentine's Day Cards for Michael - The Michael Jackson Fans of Southern California will be visiting MJ on February 3rd, 2010 and be bringing all your cards, letters, and gifts to him for L.O.V.E. Day!!! They will be doing their 2nd Visit on this Sunday, 12/20/09 to TAKE MORE LETTERS and CARDS TO MICHAEL!!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Dateline NBC to air special on MJ tomorrow

Dateline NBC, will be airing a special entitled "The Secret Life of Michael Jackson tomorrow, Friday February 5th.

Check local listings if you care to watch.

I'm not sure what to think about it yet. If done with care and honor, it could be wonderful. If done without Michael and especially his children in mind, it could be oh-so-horrible.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

MJ Tshirt Special at Bravado

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Michael Jackson Estate Pays 10% to Executors

Posted Feb 3rd 2010 6:00PM by TMZ Staff
The executors for the estate of Michael Jackson just got their 10%.
John McClain and John Branca had asked the judge for 10% of the profits made from a number of estate-related ventures.

The judge just approved the fee request, stating that the arrangement actually could save the estate money -- because the traditional way of making deals with managers, lawyers, etc. costs a bloody fortune.

One item excluded from the 10% profits from the movie, "This Is It."

The judge also gave McClain and Branca the right to green light deals without going back to court every time for permission.

The judge gave McClain and Branca props for raking in the dough for the estate

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/#ixzz0eX3wLW4b (updated)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"We are the World" yesterday and today


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For those who can't name all 46 artists in the 1985 WATW video, it's ok. I can't name half the faces of the newer artists in the 2010 version, co-produced by AEG. LMAO

Whether you remember the day We are the World was originally released, or heard it for the first time in more recent years, Michael and Lionel's vision of making a change to help eradicate hunger in Africa with song was groundbreaking, raising over over $63 million, of which 90% of the proceeds went directly to Africa. $63 million dollars before the internet! The following is from Wikipedia (and many thanks to VOLOS for the contribution!) "Since its release, "We Are the World" has raised over $63 million for humanitarian causes. Ninety percent of the money was pledged to African relief, both long and short term.The long term initiative included efforts in birth control and food production.The remaining 10 percent of funds was earmarked for domestic hunger and homeless programs in the US." 

Twenty-five years later, and sadly without Michael present, the song is being remade, officially titled We Are the World - 25 for Haiti, this time to help the victims of the January 12th Earthquake in Haiti.

If we purchased both versions of the song (1985 & 2010), we could help 2 countries at once?   The answer is YES, according to the reply from USA for Africa.   If you purchase the 1985 version (available here) "70% of each dollar when you purchase We Are The World via download/digitally. Which is very good." So there you have it!

 Here is the official USA for Africa site (ty VOLOS). 
This post will follow news about the 2010 version, it's participants, and where you can purchase the song and video when released on Feburary 12th during the Vancouver Winter Olympics opening games. With a total of 25.8 million TV viewers for the Grammys, a ratings increase of 35% over 2009, one can only imagine what the ratings will be opening night of WO games.

*Interesting sideline: Check out this graph by year of Grammmy viewers. Notice what year had the highest ratings. Ummm, can you say it's a Thriller?

News:
1. Janet Jackson to contribute vocals, and according to this on VH1, Janet will be singing Michael's lines.  Upon the request of Katherine Jackson, a poem written by Maya Angelou will be read at the end, according to this, by Michael's three children. Among the 100 stars also participating, are Michael's nephews, Taryll, TJ and Taj Jackson, (aka 3T).
2. According to this ET article, "Producer Lionel said, "It's the new generation doing it." There are no repeat performers. No one from the original recording will be heard on the new track."
3. According to Mary Hart, there are 95 artists who were involved in the studio re-recording. Also to be filmed in 3D and technicolor, because "the accompanying video will be available for purchase" also. Here are a few pictures of who's singing.
4. Make That Change blog is calling for people to make videos of yourselves singing We are the World. Please see this link for all the details.

Here is a snippet of what took place yesterday: the 25th Anniversary remake recording of Michael and Lionel's We are the World.
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This picture was posted by @wyclef yesterday on Twitter

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