We are the world: coming together
I wasn’t around yet in 1985 when the original “We Are the World” video was released, but have definitely heard about it’s impact and the attention it received. Why? Because it’s not every day that nearly 100 celebrities come together to record one video! It never happens at all. Even at huge award ceremonies, they’re not performing together but instead just sitting in the same room – never mind different generations of celebrities coming together for a cause. This year’s song is aiming to raise funds for earthquake relief in Haiti.
The “We Are The World 2010” video debuted at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Opening Ceremonies, which I think was a perfect setting considering the ‘world’ is together at this time and the Games draw record television audiences worldwide. Here is the video:
We Are The World 25 For Haiti song and video was directed and produced by Paul Haggis and Quincy Jones. Over 80 artists had a part in it, including Pink, Miley Cyrus, Barbra Streisand, Jonas Brothers, Jackson Family members, Justin Bieber (why?), Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, and Tony Bennett. Yes, a very random combination but of course it is a great display of how the world can come together in times of need.
I personally purchased both the Song and the extended Video on iTunes. You can do so here.
Official description of the recording:
The 25th Anniversary recording features over 80 artists and performers. The recording of We Are The World 25 For Haiti embodied the same enthusiasm, sense of purpose and generosity as the original recording 25 years ago. Every one of the artists who participated, regardless of genre or generation, walked into the room with their hearts and souls completely open to coming together to help the people of Haiti.
The official website of We Are the World is
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