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)
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
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.
You can purchase the 1985 version for .99 cents below. So why not buy it 5 times?
USAForAfrica.org here (also has other merch)