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Lionel Richie & Quincy Jones Plan 'We Are The World' Reboot

Lionel Richie & Quincy Jones Plan 'We Are The World' Reboot

Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie are planning to re-record “We Are The World” 25 years after its original release!

The industry legends are currently gathering talent to record the song together on Monday, February 1, just after the Grammy Awards!

According to THR, Usher and John Legend have already been invited to participate and Sting, Fergie, Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake will all likely be likely in the song.

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25 Comments

# 1

It gonna be good record.

# 2

I’m all for classics and all but I don’t think that is a good idea. I mean, why botcher a classic? We all know that when they re-do something, it can be a movie or a song, the new one slaughters the old one. Nothing comparable. It’s a shame for the classic. So nah, sorry. I’ll stick to the classic! Original is always the best. (even though it is not of my generation and I love all these new people trying to cover it)

# 4

@Nahla:

I second agree with you

# 5

It wouldn’t be the same without Michael.

# 6
shoes4life @ 01/22/2010 at 8:34 am

Leave the original alone and come up with a new idea.

Besides it wouldn’t be the same without Michael and the real talent that made this record with him are true legends in the industry and you just can’t top it.

The song is so special, I hope they don’t do it.

# 7

What an awful idea. First off, it will be awful without MJ (who co-wrote the song along with Lionel Richie). He was such an integral part of it. Besides Michael though, there were many great singers who sang on that song like Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Steve Perry,Cyndi Lauper,etc. That song was a classic and it just wont be the same, so why even attempt to re-do this song? People such as Fergie, Justin Timberlake,etc. wont do the song any justice. They need to just leave this alone.

The original can never be topped, so this is a waste.

# 8
A Nony Mous @ 01/22/2010 at 9:52 am

@AutumnM: How much you wanna bet that the lift Michael’s voice from the original ….

# 9
I n F a m o u s l y C o o l @ 01/22/2010 at 10:00 am

c’mon. redoing that legendary song.. for haiti?!? een before hearing the song i already know it wont be as good as the first. not feeling it.
~
i find it funny how when shiit happened in our own backyard (katrina) fcukers acted as if they didn’t wanna do shiit. i’m over this haiti shiit.

It’s a nice idea, but I agree that they should just come up with another song. They really need to leave this one alone. I’m not sure that I’ll survive the insult if I hear Justin Timberlake do Michael’s part.

kikabggirl @ 01/22/2010 at 11:10 am

@Nahla:agree with you and @AutumnM:agree with you…don’t like fergie and without michael it would be awfull

kikabggirl @ 01/22/2010 at 11:11 am

LeviKlein agree with you about timberlake singing Michael’s part

dream on michael in heaven @ 01/22/2010 at 12:04 pm

WHY BOTHER MR. JONES WHY NOT JUST HAVE MICHAEL JACKSON SING IT ALONE WHY HAVE ALL THE CELEBRITY
SINGERS.. WHO NEEDS THEM WHEN AT THE TRIBUTE
FOR MICHAEL IT WAS HIS VERSION NOT THE ORIGINAL…
After all it is not for Michael it was a song that they did because
London did their song for AFRICA NOT MICHAEL JACKSON..!!

So America had to take part in their version.. why not have a
Michael Jackson version and the money going to Haiti…
The Jackson family would not mind.. Even though it was
a group effort and that big singers like Bruce Springsteen
were there…IT IS NOT MICHAELS SONG.. PLEASE GIVE IT
A REST ….. IT WAS FOR AFRICA RELIEF FUND… O.K…
BULLSHIT COMES TO MIND WHEN I THINK OF HIS VERSION
AT HIS TRIBUTE AND MAKING SURE THAT LIONEL DID NOT
GET A BIG CREDIT FOR DOING IT TOO.. NO ONE

What a bunch of crap telethons by celebrities are!!!!! the cost incurred to advertise, pay for sponsors, airtime, costumes, transportation etc……will eat at the money raised that very little will get to those in Haiti. If they really wanted to help why don’t they give even 1% of their gross and then just encourage the general public to give???? they aren’t doing that because they wouldn’t get the publicity these individuals live for……..THIS is their reward on earth; no more, no less…………what a joke all of this is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

who cares
so many songs, ive stopped giving a shiz
i already donated, dont feel like being told every single damn day!

You can never re-do a Michael Jackson track w/o him in it!!!! Nobody does it like MIKE, NOBODY!!!! They need to make their own song. Their suppose to be artist. Nows their time to shine and really show they can make their own music instead of trying to replicate the GREATIST THAT EVA DID IT!!!!

It has to have Michael in it-it is his song- if not leave this brilliant song along and write another. Michael is the world!

Always out to make a buck on a tragedy. Have they no shame??????

Dee Galvin @ 01/23/2010 at 3:40 pm

It doesen’t matter I won’t watch nor will I buy it, I already have the original. Only Michael can sing his part, and it is Mike’s song and nobody else’s. I don’t care how many phony other singers you try to put in the new one it won’t work. Besides we already gave to Hope for Hiati. You are a nasty bunch of backstabbers. Now I know that you all were jealous of Michael’s popularity, the truth will out. and Your sin will find you out.

@shoes4life: Seriously. I Stumbled this to my best friend with the sentiment that you CANNOT do a re-mix of We Are The World withOUT Michael Jackson.

Can’t be done.

Also…wtf? How lazy can you get? WRITE A NEW DAMNED SONG.

What? It wasn’t bad enough the first time around?

Oh, they’ll stick Michael on at the very end for emotional impact.

It’s a great and seemingly heart felt idea, but it won’t be the same without MJ.

Leave a GREAT song alone!! It will never be the same without Micheal! If the singers they want to participate in this had any talent, they could write a song of their own. Don’t mess with the KING OF POP!!! No-one can come close to his genius

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