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We Are The World 25 For Haiti

February 13, 2010

The world premiere of ‘We Are The World 25 For Haiti’ aired during NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympics on Friday, February 12, at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT.

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,’ the We Are The World Foundation is committed to transparency and will help further the spirit of activism that was at the heart of the original song and movement.

Visit wearetheworldfoundation.org for more information.


Comments (149)

The original version was much much better
Michael's presence was an inspiration for all of them there.
It's not the same without him in person.

wow!, i love both versions and they kept the same message, that we should help people in need and give them hope. michael would be blessed for that. michael, you will be missed.

True friends are those who will remain close when the rest of the world goes away... I L.O.V.E. YOU MICHAEL


True friends are those who exchange mutual trust, joys and sorrows, without ever parting... I L.O.V.E. you Michael

1. Firstly, it was done for a good cause...so I applaud that. I hope it makes a difference...I honestly do.
2. The politics about Streisand, Keyna, T-Pain with auto-tune and why they were on the video, and all the other little things you want to nit pick at...I'll let you guys argue about that.
3. The rap at the end...again...I'll let you all talk about that. I didn't mind it. Rap has been a part of our modern day culture for a while, so it is fair to include it.

What I'd like to address the production quality.

Being a musician, music producer and an engineer, I know what it takes to compose, record, mix, and master a piece of music in a studio with big SSL or Neve consoles and lots of outboard gear at your disposal. I've always been a fan of Quincy Jones and his style of music production. The "Off The Wall" album and his "The Dude" album were instrumental in my development as a producer and mixer. But I have to say, this production comes nowhere near to that caliber of production.

The music is weak, and too far in back of the whole mix. The vocals are way too loud (especially Streisand’s solo part). The drums are covered in reverb with no real feel or presence to them. The instrumental sounds are a wash of “milk-toast” pads with no discernible lines to stand out. There was nothing outstanding about this production at all. Even if Quincy was only the executive producer and not the hands on the board and the ears between the Genelecs (near-field mixing speakers), someone should have done something to stop this from happening. With all the talented engineers, mixers, musicians, keyboard programmers and such we have in the field and all the people that Quincy and Lionel have at their disposal, why didn’t someone say or do something.

It goes to prove, it’s not the equipment, it’s the person running it. A $750,000 SSL G series console with all the best outboard gear in the world in that studio that cost probably about $150 to $200 an hour to rent, and an engineer @ $50.00 an hour…and I could have done a better job with that song on my Pro Tools LE system at home that costs $5,000.

Again…I’m not knockin’ the reason why the song was remade, should it have been remade, or the effort and sacrifice that people made to do the remake or the video…I’m just disappointed in the final product of music from a production stand point.

P.S. Oh yeah...one other thing...Michael Jackson would have NEVER put his stamp of approval on this final product. He was a perfectionist...and would NEVER have accepted this type of mediocrity in his productions.

Why is that green little man in the video?!?!?!

Só podemos ter gratidão e amizade por Michael Jackson, por ser um homem muito iluminado e através de seu legado ajudar muitas pessoas...mesmo ele estando em outra dimensão nesse momento.

I love this!! And adding Janet with him! Was genious!

simply amazing i admit i cried to see michael. we love you michael and missing you everyday cant believe that u are gone. a true angel on disguise love you forever and will always will be in my heart/ overall big standing oviation love amazing what else is their to say,


Wow is right! All I can say is "I am moved to tears" - this is a wonderful way of helping the people of Haiti. What is also wonderful is the diversity of artists, just like 25 years ago! I loved it - I loved it very much. Thank you for keeping Michael in this video. I know his mother wanted it and his fans needed it!