On Monday, Lil Wayne rocked with U2’s Bono. Trey Songz crooned with Celine Dion. And Kanye West even checked his ego at the door to sing along side Barbara Streisand. No, they’re not recording cuts for their individual albums. This was for a greater good.
The collaboration comes 25 years after Richie and Michael Jackson wrote the lead single for the We Are The World charity album for famine relief in Africa. Raising $63 million, it featured the likes of Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Diana Ross and Ray Charles. This time a new crop of superstars sang to benefit the victims of Haiti’s Jan. 12 earthquake that killed approximately 200,000 people.
Though she was not at the Hollywood session, Jackson’s younger sister, Janet, will sing her brother’s lines from the original song in an Atlanta studio today.
Other artists featured on the song include Lady Gaga, Eminem, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Jamie Foxx, Kid Cudi, Usher, Drake, Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas., Tony Bennett, Justin Bieber, The Jonas Brothers and Myley Cyrus.
The song will premiere during NBC’s coverage of the Vancouver Winter Olympics next week on February 12. The song and an accompanying video, shot by Oscar-winning Crash director Paul Haggis, will then be on sale in stores and online. —Brad Wete