I remember like it was yesterday. When the original We Are the World was released via USA for Africa. That was back in 1985 of course when Michael Jackson was in his prime. Everyone who was anyone in music crammed into a studio session after the American Music Awards that year to record a song to help famine relief in Africa.
It went on to sell millions of records and raised even more millions for USA for Africa. It also spawned a worldwide concert that same summer and is considered a classic song.
Twenty five years later, it has been re-recorded in order to raise relief funds for Haiti’s earthquake victims.
Reviews have been mixed. Some people think that while raising money for Haiti is of most importance, remaking the song was not a good idea. How can you mess with perfection?
Below is a copy of the new We Are the World (Haiti) video. What are your thoughts? Should autotune even be used in this tribute? Should a new song have been written for Haiti’s earthquake victims?
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