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'We Are the World' Remake For Haiti Premieres on NBC Tonight

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 12th 2010 3:03PM
we_are_the_world_25_haiti_logoWhen the original 'We Are the World' was created 25 years ago, the music video of the final performance was put together in record time. Over a month of work went into the production. For the remake of the song, which brought together the likes of Pink, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, the Black Eyed Peas, Tony Bennett, Jeff Bridges, Bono, Justin Beiber... and more, the video, which was filmed in 3-D, was completed in about a week. Tonight, 'We Are the World 25' will have its world premiere at 7:30 p.m. (ET) on NBC during the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

This isn't just an entertainment we'll be seeing, although it's going to be something to watch how 80 stars were crammed together into a cohesive, musical chorus as spectacular as the original 'We Are the World' 25 years ago. No, this is also a call for donations because there is still a lot of work to be done in Haiti.

Therefore, tonight is the premiere, and it after the broadcast, fans will immediately be able to download to donate. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, the music will be available at once. There will be the song and view exclusive footage from the recording session on the official website: WORLD25.org. Downloads will also be available on iTunes and YouTube. Donations can be made by clicking on the "Donate Now" button on YouTube or just by downloading the song on iTunes. All money from donation will go to the We Are The World Foundation.

There are so many stars in this 'We Are the World 25' that there has to be somebody you like in the chorus. Take a peek at some of the footage from 'Entertainment Tonight' this past week:

Hopefully, you'll like the performance and be moved to donate. That's the goal.

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Yeah they should have left that song alone, when michael jackson done the song it was from the heart, not to say this recent song wasnt for a good reason but it was a just because song. Michael's was from his soul and it seriously sounded way better. All these singers should have came together at the bank with baskets and filled them with money to help the cause which would have done way more than this horrible song... Way to go guys, LETS ALL MESS UP SOME OF THE CLASSICS

February 15 2010 at 10:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love the song but what was the purpose? Bring awareness? I think we are all aware of what happened down there and what is still going on! These people make millions of dollars a year and all they can give is their "time"? With all their money combined they can really make an impact and really rebuild that nation. I am tired of hearing celebrities say that they are doing something to help. Get off your asses open your wallet and actually do something! I don't make much but I have managed to donate as much as I can.

February 13 2010 at 8:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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the worse part was hearing Wyclef yell like wild native, it was for a second that I thought I was listening to the beginning of the Lion King! Lil' Wayne and T-Pain had soles really?! The rapping just ruined it for me. How come they didn't write their own song
instead of messing with the classics? well at least Rhiana wasnt in it. I just had to listen to the orginal after that disappointment.

February 14 2010 at 11:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Guess Who

The older I get the more I feel the "power of celebrity" to bring "awareness" to whatever issue seems disingenuous and forced. The recycled "We are the World" makes me cringe regardless to how good the intentions were. Sometimes you should just let things be. Dozens of artists and no one could write a new song?

...And why were Jeff Bridges, Nicole Richie and Vince Vaughn there exactly? Can just anyone drop by or just people who know Quincy Jones?

February 13 2010 at 4:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Guess Who's comment

What do you mean by saying "We should just let things be?"

I find it heart warming that so many talented people from different genres of music, came together to bring awareness to one of the world's worst dilemmas. I find it sad that you are complaining about who sang and have the guts to give such sarcastic remarks, when these people are actually making a difference in the Haiti Relief effort!

If you dont like who sang or the amazing song they sung, Im sorry. But I would ask you to look at the reason why they sung "We are the Children."

And there is a reason they sang as you put it a "recycled" song. Its a reminder not to forget what Micheal Jackson's heart longed for, to create a world where children without futures and hope could prosper!!!

Just to let you know, celebrities are PEOPLE, who too have hearts and have the MEANS to make an enormous difference. Not only in finances but by their social standing; Im proud of every celebrity that chose to sing and support the Haiti Relief Effort!

February 13 2010 at 2:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Guess Who

So a few over-paid celebrities showed up at a studio for a few hours to sing. Big fat hairy deal. Most showed up to further their own careers and egos - there is nothing heart warming about that. I have infinitely more respect for all the unemployed and struggling families that gave money they didn't have during the worst financial crisis of our lifetime...none of which were featured on "Entertainment Tonight".

Anyone who can watch the news coverage of those who suffered, bled, died, the orphaned children, the lack of food, water and basic sanitation and not give a dime yet hear a RECYCLED "We are the World" and open their wallet has issues.

February 13 2010 at 8:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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