Feb 11, 2010

We Are the World - Part II

I really should have posted when I thought of the idea, but I procrastinated and now there's a news article about it so I can't point and say 'Look, I thought of it first'...oh well.

As you know if you read my very long post about this song earlier, I love the song. When I heard they were doing a remake, with all new vocals, a part of me was ok with it, but mostly I felt like it was just ripping off a song everyone knew had already been a hit and reusing it for chairty. The only redeeming factor was that it is for charity, but I still think taking a song from one charity and rededicating it to another is crass.

My biggest issue was simply this- Michael Jackson wrote the song. He breathed the life into it that made it what it was and there was no way a new version should be released without some sort of nod to that (and preferably his vocals).
So, you can understand why I was happy to read the following article during one of my insomniac news crawls...

Jackson’s vocals in ‘We Are the World’ remake

LOS ANGELES - The late Michael Jackson will appear in the 25th anniversary remake of “We Are The World,” Access Hollywood has learned.

Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones, who, along with Jackson, masterminded the original version in 1985, told Access’s Shaun Robinson on Wednesday that the King of Pop’s original vocals and footage would be used in the song and video. Michael will appear posthumously in a split-screen with sister Janet Jackson joining him. “To have Michael’s presence singing his part is the best gift we could ever get,” Richie said. “His original image and him seeing his part.” Richie called the duet with Janet Jackson “magical.” “She’s singing with Mike,” Richie said. “It was all put together with fabulous choreography. It’s magical.” The request came straight from Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, herself, the pair told Access.

Jackson is the only star to appear on both versions. The rest of the dozens of singers (not to mention rappers and actors) involved will be a new group — for a new generation.

“My daughter Sophie — (when she was) 5 years old, 6 years old — she came to me and said, ‘Dad, we learned a new song in school, ‘We Are The World,’ and I found out you wrote it with Michael Jackson,” Richie explained. “How do we give it to the next generation? And (my daughter) Nicole (Richie), with her kid — she was 4 years old. And now she’s in this one holding Harlow.” “And my two daughters,” Jones added. “They were all babies together.”

Other performers involved in the remake range from young stars such as Justin Bieber and the Jonas Brothers to Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett.

“When you say you’re going to redo, it conjures up al kinds of terrible images of what could go wrong. Everything could go wrong!” Richie said. “Once we got there, we realized, who do we give the power to? A totally new group. And we put the icons in, of course — Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion — because that’s the ground floor of what will make the excitement come from the newer people, to stand next to those people.” And Richie added that the good vibes were flowing in the studio.

“Snoop was having the best time of his life, just standing there next to Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. “It was just a wonderful group of people together.”

Money raised from the single, due shortly, will go toward Haiti relief.

And there you have it. I am happy.
If only that cocky Jonas Brother wasn't such a smartass- kid actually insulted Bob Dylan's singing! Maybe Dylan can't carry a tune, but he sounds great doing so, so shut your mouth, get a college degree and get your license you preschooler! It should hve been such an honor to be involved in such a phenomenal project that any celebrity bashing would have been the last thing on your mind. So ungrateful.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for making my morning a little bit better with this great article!!