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The Full Video for the 'We Are the World' Remake

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 13th 2010 4:02PM
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The original 'We Are the World' was recorded almost exactly 25 years ago to benefit the charity, USA for Africa. Recently, 80 stars got together, including co-writer Lionel Richie and producer Quincy Jones, to remake the classic song to help with Haiti relief efforts. The video was supposed to debut last night during the Olympic opening ceremonies, but they just showed an excerpt. We have the full video here.

It's nice to see some of the same people involved in making the first video in the remake, but this version is populated by mostly new faces including Jennifer Hudson, Josh Groban, Wyclef Jean, and Kanye West, among many others. In fact, there were so many artists featured in this video, that I didn't even recognize them all. The new version is about a full minute longer than the original, and the real question is, how does it stack up?

One of the great things about the original video is how simple and unpretentious it is. Diana Ross is wearing a sweatshirt, for Pete's sake. Do you think Diana Ross has worn a sweatshirt a day in her life either before or since? The new video, on the other hand, is all Gucci sunglasses and lip gloss. It's much more image-conscious now, and it kind of detracts from the message. It's difficult to watch scenes of people giving out food in Haiti inter-cut with someone wearing a jacket that would probably cost an average person's paycheck.

The other notable thing about this video is that Michael Jackson makes an appearance. His vocals and video from the 1985 version are used, and he ends up doing a split-screen duet with his sister, Janet. Some people have been of the opinion that this is a little creepy, and while I would usually agree, in this situation it seems fitting. Jackson co-wrote this song, and it was always something that was very near and dear to his heart. If he were still alive, he would be the first person to try to get this remake together, so it's nice that they were able to pay tribute to him.

It's no secret that the original song was kind of cheesy, and they definitely tried to modernize it. However, I'm not sure that the heavy use of Auto Tune was really the way to go. Yes, T-Pain is hugely popular right now, but having his robot voice in the middle of the song is slightly distracting. I probably shouldn't be breaking into hysterical giggles in the middle of 'We Are the World.' It just seems wrong.

I'm really interested to hear all of your opinions on the new song, so here's the full video below. I've also included the original after it, so you can compare and contrast. How do you think they did?

To donate to Haitian relief efforts, you can go to www.world25.org, or text WORLD to 50555 to donate $10.

The new version:

The original:

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Its not the video you need to think about its the idea of everyone helping out to show the support of the cause!!!

February 16 2010 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Susan Burns

I agreed with most comments.....I appreciate the effort, but the USA for Africa shows more heart and more unity within the music community. Apparently country singers don't care about people suffering in Haiti? Or were they not invited?

February 16 2010 at 10:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

this song sucks! im so sure jamie foxx really cares. he a joke. most of these people probably looking to improve their image. im so sure they stop all their spending and lavish lifestyles. not even original!! all these artists and they cant even write and compose thier own songs!!
just like most artists today who just copy real artists of the past and try to pass off as their own!!! c'mon if you are really talented artists, you could have written your song!!!THIS SONG SUCKS!!!!

February 15 2010 at 8:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

wtf wtf wtf!!!!! cut out the rapping and ppl screaming over each other. wtf Justin B and Miley Cyrus,. lil wayne and other off key rappers dont quit ur day job of snorting coke. Excellent job J Hudson

February 15 2010 at 8:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kim Stinson

I like both versions of this wonderful song. I am really no fan of the new age music but, I thought the robotic and rap sounds in this new version were actually OK. I think the parts with Michael in it were quite touching. After all he did Co-Write the song

February 15 2010 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This new version started out pretty well, with very good singers, like Streisand, Jennifer Nettles, Josh Groban, Celine, Jennifer Hudson, Tony Bennet, etc., then is went all to hell with the rapping, the auto-tuning and whatever that squalling was that Wyclef was doing. That was just godawful! And even though I do hate rap, I agree that it was appropriate that it be included in this song. The group rap part with LL CoolJ and Snoop and a bunch of other people I dont recongize wasnt too bad, but the individual singers, like Kanye, Lil Wayne and TPain, whoever he is, were horrible and just illustrated how untalented they truely are. Actually, I'll bet Kanye wasnt really supposed to be there, he just walked up and snatched the mic from someone else and started sucking out loud.
If you watch the original song, the contrast between the talented and professional performances of the original and the lack of vocal proficiency of so many of the posers and celebrity wannabees in the second is really startling. Its a sad commentary on the state of popular music today.
However, all that being said, it is a noble effort, and I hope they raise a lot of money, and it actually ends up going to were it is needed.

February 15 2010 at 11:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

1985- A classic with a wide diverse group of artist. Video shows artists coming together and singing with joy and unity. These artists were talented and had been around recording music for some time.
2010- Starts out okay, but the middle part of the song was not neccessary, the rap was terrible, and the ending was way too long and not neccessary. I agreed that the Haiti footage was also not neccessary to show. These artists are fairly new to the music scene, and some seem to be coming from one type of music format.
In conclusion, it was a worthy effort, but fell way short of what the original version was able to do. Note to todays artists and especially rap artist- never try to complete with each other on a unity cause. I remembered reading that the sign " Leave your egos at the door " was posted at this recording as it was 25 years ago.

February 15 2010 at 1:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Han Solo

Am I the only one who thinks this just proves that there are NO MUSICIANS LEFT?! And the only thing the entire industry gives us is a bunch of autotuned lip syncing retards who couldn't write a song or music if their lives depended on it?

How lame is it when they do an autotuned COVER of this song?

Why did they do a cover? I will tell you....because the Bob Geldolf's of the world are GONE GONE GONE and all we have are these no-talent fashion models pretending to be musicians.

February 14 2010 at 10:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jordan B

No comments about Wyclef's "singing"? I dont even know how to describe how he sung his part. It completely freaked me out, more than the auto-tune.

February 14 2010 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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seriously!! i didnt understand it at all! and what the ef was that justin beaver guy doing opening this song up. he's been "famous" all of 2 minutes and they have him open this song?!? that was when i really lost all hope that this was going to be any good.

the original was just so touching and emotional. this one, on the other hand, is not. they just tried to throw in too many people, instead of focusing on making a good song to support those in haiti.

February 14 2010 at 11:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joseph Singer

The new version is not an improvement. The new one is too slickly produced. And what's with all that auto-tune crap? The original is definitely less pretentious.

February 14 2010 at 12:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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