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Usher-We Are The World?

January 21, 2010

Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie are planning a massive 25th anniversary re-recording of “We Are the World.”

The timing couldn’t be better, sadly enough.

The duo is summoning lots and lots of talent from Grammy weekend to stay an extra night – Monday Feb. 1 – and come to the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. There, they will celebrate a quarter century since Ken Kragen, Richie and Michael Jackson organized the original “We Are the World” with Jones.

This time the artists invited include Usher, Natalie Cole, and John Legend. (Traduction en français à la fin de l’article)

But you can bet that more names will be added shortly and that all the Grammy nominees and participants will be asked to come as well. Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich will produce the event, which will then be turned into a video and single just like it was in 1985. Don’t be surprised if Wyclef Jean joins in, along with Sting, Fergie, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake and other distinctive voices.

It’s hoped that as in 1985, everyone will “leave their egos at the door.”

Originally, this anniversary celebration was to be held on Jan. 28. But when the Haiti earthquake happened, sources tell me, the whole deal changed. Now proceeds will go to Haiti relief. In 1985, “We Are the World,” which begat Live Aid, raised money for Africa relief.


Un «We Are the World» pour Haïti

Le Hollywood Reporter affirme que Quincy Jones et Lionel Richie vont produire un nouveau We Are the World à l’occasion des 25 ans du single. Les bénéfices seront reversés aux victimes haïtiennes. Le titre devait a priori être chanté le 28 janvier prochain, mais, après le séisme, la prestation a été repoussée au 1er février, le lendemain de la cérémonie des Grammy awards.

Parmi les artistes invités à participer à la chanson, Usher, Natalie Cole, ou encore John Legend. Les noms de Wyclef Jean, Sting, Fergie, Alicia Keys, et Justin Timberlake circulent également.

La voix ou l’image de Michael Jackson pourraient également faire partie du show, puisque, avant son décès en juin dernier, le King of pop avait préparé une version originale de We are the world pour sa série de concerts londoniens.

Source 20 minutes.

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