Since the release of “We Are the World” way back in 1985, the charity single has sold over 20 million copies and raised more than $63 million in humanitarian aid for Africa and the United States. Hopefully that same level of compassion can be found for disaster relief in Haiti, as Lionel Richie and producer Quincy Jones prepare to re-record the anthem to raise proceeds for the devastated Caribbean country.
Inspired by this year’s 25th anniversary of the mega-star-filled song, Jones hopes to invite a who’s who of pop artists to contribute to the track during the weekend of the Grammy’s. If all goes according to plan, Grammy nominees and participants alike will gather on Monday, February 1st, to record the single and produce a video, just like in ’85. The list of musicians already invited include Usher, John Legend and Natalie Cole, but Billboard reports that Wyclef Jean, Sting, Fergie, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake and others could participate as well.
The whole idea is still in the planning stages, but because Michael Jackson co-wrote the song with Richie, it’s assumed he will somehow be involved, adding even more star-power to the new single. Jackson recorded “We Are the World” for This Is It and will be given a 3D tribute show at this year’s Grammy, both of which point to his inclusion.
In case you missed hearing it ad nauseum when it was first released, check out the original below.