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2010-02-16 09:44

Recorded on February 1, 2010, in the same Henson Recording Studios as the original 25 years earlier the new "We are the World" rendition, in which Quincy Jones and Lionel 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; co-producers Rickey Minor, Mervyn Warren and Patti Austin; and project producers John Rubey and Adam Fell to benefit the Haitian earthquake relief efforts and the rebuilding of Haiti.

"25 years ago, the entertainment industry showed the power of community to help our fellow man when we recorded 'We Are The World' to bring relief to those suffering from famine in Ethiopia" said executive producer Quincy Jones on the official website. "And while the need to assistant Africa continues, today the country of Haiti is suffering immeasurably from the destruction due to the recent earthquake and is in immediate need of relief that will last long after the television cameras have left. As artists, we have joined together on this 25th anniversary and in the spirit of 'We Are The World' to help meet that need."

"We are the World": 25th Anniversary for Haiti video:

"What an unbelievable group of people who have come together to give their voices, for a cause to start the healing of a people who have experienced a devastation of such magnitude,” said Richie. "We believe 'We Are The World – 25 for Haiti' can be the start of the healing process." "I'm thrilled Quincy, Lionel and Randy invited me to be a part of something so wonderful in which we are standing side by side with Haitian artists and community to help them rebuild their broken nation,” stated Academy Award-winning writer-director Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), who 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.

"On January 12th, the people of Haiti were faced with a tragedy unlike anything the country has ever experienced," said Wyclef Jean, songwriter and cofounder of the We Are The World Foundation. "Today, I am proud to be joined by so many members of the artistic community that want to support the region and have donated their time and talents to providing an effective way for the global community to get involved with helping the Haitian population.” 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.

Revisit the original "We are the World" 1985 music video for Ethiopian famine relief:

What do you think of the new version? Post your thoughts below.

Watch the 25th anniversary remake of "We Are the World" for Haiti featuring An all-star cast including Lionel Richie, Wyclef Jean, Jamie Foxx, Kanye West, Usher, Pink, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Janet Jackson, Barbra Streisand and more.
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