View Full Version : "We Are the World 25" for Haiti

02-13-2010, 03:39 PM
Have you guys seen this? For those of us who were into the 80s version, it's certainly different, but their hearts are in the right place so you gotta view it with an open mind. I think it's interesting how some of them duplicate the vocal improvs of the original artists (like Celine Dion duplicating Cyndi Lauper!) but I actually like that because it reminds me of the old version, which I adore. The rapping part works surprisingly well. Wyclef Jean's style doesn't really work for this type of thing, but he's half-Haitian so it's right to have him on there.The only thing I really didn't like was the weird ending. I got taken by surprise when they changed a few lyrics as I was trying to sing along, but some of the new lyrics are good. Seeing the clips of Haiti is certainly moving and hopefully effective in soliciting even more donations. For those who haven't seen it, here it is:


02-13-2010, 03:44 PM
I thought it was very good. Of course nothing comes close to the original, but it was very good.

02-13-2010, 03:54 PM
I had to fight back tears on that one. Very moving, just as the original was.

02-13-2010, 04:06 PM
For the curious, according to Wikipedia, these are the solo singers in order of appearance:

Justin Bieber (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Bieber)
Nicole Scherzinger (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicole_Scherzinger)
Jennifer Hudson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Hudson)
Jennifer Nettles (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Nettles)
Josh Groban (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Groban)
Tony Bennett (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Bennett)
Mary J. Blige (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_J._Blige)
Michael Jackson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson) (stock material only)
Janet Jackson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janet_Jackson)
Barbra Streisand (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbra_Streisand)
Miley Cyrus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miley_Cyrus)
Enrique Iglesias (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrique_Iglesias)
Jamie Foxx (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie_Foxx)
Wyclef Jean (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyclef_Jean)
Adam Levine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Levine)
P!nk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_%28singer%29)
BeBe Winans (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BeBe_Winans)
Usher (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usher_%28entertainer%29)
Celine Dion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celine_Dion)
Orianthi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orianthi) (on guitar)
Fergie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fergie)
Nick Jonas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Jonas)
Toni Braxton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toni_Braxton)
Mary Mary (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Mary)
Isaac Slade (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Slade)
Lil Wayne (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lil_Wayne)
Carlos Santana (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Santana) (solo with a guitar)
Akon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akon)
T-Pain (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-Pain)
LL Cool J (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LL_Cool_J)
Will.i.am (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will.i.am)
Snoop Dogg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snoop_Dogg)
Busta Rhymes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Busta_Rhymes)
Swizz Beatz (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swizz_Beatz)
Iyaz (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iyaz)
Kanye West (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanye_West)

And in the chorus:

Patti Austin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patti_Austin)
Bizzy Bone (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bizzy_Bone)
Ethan Bortnick (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethan_Bortnick)
Jeff Bridges (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Bridges)
Zac Brown (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zac_Brown_Band)
Brandy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandy_Norwood)
Kristian Bush (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristian_Bush)
Natalie Cole (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalie_Cole)
Harry Connick Jr. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Connick_Jr.)
Hayden Panettiere (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayden_Panettiere)
Kid Cudi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kid_Cudi)
Faith Evans (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faith_Evans)
Melanie Fiona (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanie_Fiona)
Sean Garrett (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Garrett)
Tyrese Gibson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrese_Gibson)
Anthony Hamilton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Hamilton)
Keri Hilson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keri_Hilson)
Julianne Hough (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julianne_Hough)
India.Arie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India.Arie)
Randy Jackson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Jackson)
Taj Jackson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taj_Jackson)
Taryll Jackson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taryll_Jackson)
TJ Jackson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TJ_Jackson)
Al Jardine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Jardine)
Jimmy Jean-Louis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Jean-Louis)
Joe Jonas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Jonas)
Kevin Jonas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Jonas)
Gladys Knight (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gladys_Knight)
Benji Madden (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benji_Madden)
Joel Madden (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel_Madden)
Katharine McPhee (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katharine_McPhee)
Jason Mraz (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Mraz)
Mưa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%BDa)
Freda Payne (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freda_Payne)
A. R. Rahman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._R._Rahman)
Raphael Saadiq (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raphael_Saadiq)
Trey Songz (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trey_Songz)
Musiq Soulchild (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musiq_Soulchild)
Jordin Sparks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordin_Sparks)
Robin Thicke (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Thicke)
Alex Williams (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Williams)
Rob Thomas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Thomas)
Vince Vaughn (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_Vaughn)
Ann Wilson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Wilson)
Brian Wilson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Wilson)
Nancy Wilson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Wilson)

02-13-2010, 04:39 PM
Nancy, you read my mind. Thanks!

02-14-2010, 12:03 PM
Very moving. Thanks for posting it and the list cause I didn't know very many on sight!

02-16-2010, 01:31 PM
In case anyone is waxing nostalgic.... here's the old one!


The soloists:
Lionel Richie
Stevie Wonder
Paul Simon
Kenny Rogers
James Ingram
Tina Turner
Billy Joel
Michael Jackson
Diana Ross
Dionne Warwick
Willie Nelson
Al Jarreau
Bruce Springsteen
Kenny Loggins
Steve Perry
Daryl Hall
Huey Lewis
Cindy Lauper
Kim Carnes
Bob Dylan
Ray Charles

02-16-2010, 07:26 PM
That's great! It's been a long time since I've seen that! I love to see "the making" of it, and seeing everyone putting there own sound toward it.

Is that a young Lindsey Buckingham around 6:05?

02-16-2010, 07:45 PM
Sharp eyes, PM! Yes, that's Lindsey on the back row by Dan Akroyd, sporting his worst hairdo ever, along with a very questionable wardrobe choice - but gotta love him for taking part!


These are from the album gatefold:



02-16-2010, 07:49 PM
Wow, even Bob's hair is better than Lindsey's in that last shot.