Monday, February 1, 2010

"We Are the World" Redux — To Benefit Haiti

(from the Associated Press)

Twenty-five years after star-studded anthem "We Are the World" (group pictured) raised millions of dollars to aid famine relief in Africa, celebrities of a different generation are set to gather tonight to re-record the charity tune to benefit Haiti.

Among those scheduled to perform on the revamped track are Akon, Jason Mraz, Bono, Wyclef Jean, Carlos Santana, Enrique Iglesias, Usher, Toni Braxton and Lady Gaga. The session will be held at the same recording studio where the original was cut — the historic A&M complex in Hollywood.

Quincy Jones, who produced the 1985 anthem, announced last week that he planned to redo the song to benefit recovery from the deadly Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti.

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