We Are The World 25 For Haiti

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We are the World 25 for Haiti

We are the World 25 for Haiti

We are the World 25 for Haiti

The recording of 'We Are The World 25 For Haiti' embodies the same enthusiasm, sense of purpose and generosity as the original recording 25 years ago. Through the contributions of the new voices to this rendition of 'We Are The World,' and with the help of our partners, the We Are The World Foundation will be committed to transparency and will help further the spirit of activism that was at the heart of the original song and movement.

We are developing mechanisms to permit our donors and members of the community to monitor the funds raised, the expenses paid, and the charitable grants funded by the We Are The World Foundation, a newly created not-for-profit organization founded by Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie who have invited Wyclef Jean, Paul Haggis, Randy Phillips, Peter Tortorici and Ambassador Luis Moreno of the Inter-American Development Bank to join them on the board. The Foundation is dedicated to raising money and to making grants to charitable organizations with meaningful and efficient relief and development programs that are responding to the continuing crisis in Haiti.(Harris,2009)

Above is the official video for the remake of "We Are The World" the premiered during the opening ceremonies at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The song re-defines the term 'various artists' as many of music's biggest names gathered together for the remake that will benefit the people suffering in Haiti.


Some scattered thoughts on the song itself... When you put singers like Barbara Streisand and Celine Dion on the same song with autotune-dependent artists like T-Pain, Lil' Wayne, and Akon it really creates quite the contrast... the hip hop section felt kinda forced and the angles became repetitive; LL Cool J got a lotta face time outta this... I really liked Kanye's first few lines... singers that made me go "Wow!": Celine Dion and Jennifer Hudson... Usher following Michael Jackson may have been my favorite part... the video needed more close-ups of many of the other artists; I was looking closely and couldn't pick out some of my favorites like Melanie Fiona, Kid Cudi, Vince Vaughn, and Trey Songz (who I was hoping would add a well-timed 'YUUUP!')... and for some reason, I kept imagining Will Ferrell off to the side of the big group banging the cowbell... buuuut I could see how that wouldn't be very appropriate, haha.

Overall, I love the energy and effort evoked on the record and in the video. The song itself, while a little flawed, is still pretty awesome. It was amazing to see all those artists doing what they do best together and for such a great cause. At the end of the day, this is simply amazing

Before the writing of "We Are the World", American entertainer and social activist Harry Belafonte had sought for some time to have a song recorded by the most famous artists in the music industry at the ...
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