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For the album with the same title, see We Are the World (album).
"We Are the World"
"We Are the World" cover
Single by USA for Africa
Released March 7, 1985
Recorded January 28, 1985
Label Columbia Records
Writer Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie
Producer Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian

"We Are the World" is a 1985 song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, produced and conducted by Quincy Jones and recorded by a supergroup of popular musicians billed as USA for Africa. [1] The charity single was intended to raise funds to help famine-relief efforts in Ethiopia,[1] which experienced unusual drought in 1984/1985. We Are Here To Change The World is a song written and performed by American musician Michael Jackson. ... Captain EO (alternately, Captain Eo) is a 3-D film which was formerly shown in Disney theme parks. ... We Are the World was a 1985 album that contained USA for Africas We Are the World superstar charity recording for famine relief efforts in Ethiopia. ... Image File history File links Wearetheworldsingle. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa), was the name under which forty-five U.S. artists, led by Harry Belafonte, Kenny Rogers, Michael Jackson, and Lionel Richie, recorded the hit single We Are the World in 1985. ... is the 66th day of the year (67th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... This article is about the producer and songwriter. ... Michael Omartian (born November 26, 1945 in Evanston, Illinois) is an American keyboardist, songwriter and Grammy award winning music producer. ... This article is about the year. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. ... This article is about the producer and songwriter. ... In the late 1960s, the term supergroup was coined to describe music groups comprising members who had already achieved fame or respect in other groups or as individual artists. ... USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa), was the name under which forty-five U.S. artists, led by Harry Belafonte, Kenny Rogers, Michael Jackson, and Lionel Richie, recorded the hit single We Are the World in 1985. ... A charity record (also known as a charity single) is a release of a song for a specific charitable cause. ... A famine is a phenomenon in which a large percentage of the population of a region or country are so undernourished that death by starvation becomes increasingly common. ... Location of Ethiopia, as Ethiopian borders were as of the famine, prior Eritrean independence in 1993. ... This article is about the year. ...

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History

Harry Belafonte initiated the idea for a fundraising effort.[1] His manager, Ken Kragen,[1] suggested the multi-artist approach, inspired[1] by the success of the British supergroup Band Aid and their 1984 fundraising single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Harold George Belafonete, Jr. ... Ken Kragen is an entertainment lawyer and activist. ... Band Aid was a British and Irish charity supergroup, founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia by releasing the record Do They Know Its Christmas? for the Christmas market. ... This article is about the year. ... Cover art for the original Do They Know Its Christmas? release – artist Peter Blake Do They Know Its Christmas? is a song written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 specifically to raise money for Ethiopian famine relief. ...


The performers gathered at A&M Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, on January 28, 1985.[1] Kragen selected the night of the American Music Awards to ensure as many artists as possible could attend.[1] Jones famously advised them, in his written invitation, to "check your egos at the door."[1] In all, 45 musicians attended the recording session, including Bob Geldof, who had arranged the Band Aid effort in the United Kingdom.[1] Lead vocals were rotated among 21 of the performers, including Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers, James Ingram, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Dionne Warwick, Steve Perry, Bruce Springsteen, Al Jarreau, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Bob Dylan, Kim Carnes and Ray Charles (see list, below).[1] A&M Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Universal Music Group. ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... The American Music Awards show is one of four annual major US music awards shows (the others being the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... Robert Frederick Xenon Geldof[1], KBE[2], known as Bob Geldof (born 5 October 1951) [3], is an Irish singer, songwriter, actor and political activist. ... Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. ... Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... James Ingram (born February 16, 1956 in Akron, Ohio) is an American soul musician, famous for his vocal performance. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... For the author-illustrator, see Diana Ross (author). ... Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ... William Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, composer and musician. ... Willie Nelson (born Willie Hugh Nelson, April 30, 1933) is an American entertainer and songwriter, born and raised in Abbott, Texas. ... Marie Dionne Warrick (born December 12, 1940), known professionally as Dionne Warwick, is an acclaimed five-time Grammy Award-winning African American singer best known for her work with Hal David and Burt Bacharach as songwriters and producers. ... Stephen Ray Perry (born January 22, 1949) is an American singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Journey. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... Alwyn Lopez Al Jarreau (born March 12, 1940) is an American singer. ... Huey Lewis (born Hugh Anthony Cregg, III on July 5, 1950) is an American musician and occasional actor. ... Cynthia Ann Stephanie Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American Grammy Award- winning singer, MTV VMA-winning video and Emmy Award-winning film, television and theatre actress. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... Kim Carnes (born July 20, 1945 in Pasadena, California) is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter. ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ...


Columbia Records donated their manufacturing and distribution costs to the effort. "We Are the World" hit stores on Tuesday, March 5, 1985, and all 800,000 copies sold out[1] before the end of the weekend. It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number twenty-one. On April 5 (Good Friday in that year), more than 5,000 radio stations played the song at the same time. It became the United States’ number one single on April 13 and held the position for four weeks. Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... This article is about the day. ... This article is about the year. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Good Friday is the Friday before Easter (Easter always falls on a Sunday). ... A radio station is an audio (sound) broadcasting service, traditionally broadcast through the air as radio waves (a form of electromagnetic radiation) from a transmitter to an antenna and a thus to a receiving device. ... is the 103rd day of the year (104th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


The song went on to win four 1986 Grammys for: Song of the Year, Record of the Year,[1] , Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Music Video, Short Form. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Song of the Year is one of the two most prestigious awards in the Grammies, if not in all of the American music industry. ... The jejejeje Record of the Year is one of the four most prestigious Grammy Awards presented annually. ... The Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal has been awarded since 1966. ... The Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video has been awarded since 1984. ...


Ultimately, the single sold 7.5 million copies in the US. It was released on an album, We Are the World, which sold over three million copies. In addition to "We Are the World," the album included previously unreleased songs by Tina Turner, Prince, Springsteen, Rogers, Chicago, Huey Lewis and the News, Steve Perry, and The Pointer Sisters. It also included another famine relief fundraising song, "Tears Are Not Enough", which was performed by Canadian supergroup Northern Lights. We Are the World was a 1985 album that contained USA for Africas We Are the World superstar charity recording for famine relief efforts in Ethiopia. ... Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ... Due to technical limitations, some web browsers may not display some special characters in this article. ... This article is about the American pop-rock-jazz band. ... ... The name Steve Perry might refer to any of the following: Steve Perry (musician), the former lead singer of the band Journey. ... The Pointer Sisters was an American vocal group and recording act that achieved great success during the 1970s and 1980s. ... For the song by ABC, see Tears Are Not Enough (ABC song). ... Northern Lights was the name used by the supergroup of Canadian musicians who were gathered by the music talent manager Bruce Allen in 1985 to record the single Tears Are Not Enough. Like Band Aid (who recorded Do They Know Its Christmas? in 1984) and USA for Africa (who...


Including revenues from the single, the album, the video and related merchandise, "We Are the World" raised over $63 million for famine relief.[1] [2]


Lionel Richie stated that "We Are the World" had 11 lawsuits brought up against the song (claiming others had written the song). [3]


On November 15, 2006 Michael Jackson performed the song in the World Music Awards.[1] Kenny Rogers has also performed a solo version of the song, which is featured on a 1986 concert video at Texas stadium. is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The World Music Awards (founded in 1989) is an international awards show that annually honors recording artists based on their worldwide sales figures, which are provided by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


Selected vocalists

Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ... Harold George Belafonete, Jr. ... Lindsey Adams Buckingham (born October 3, 1949) is an American guitarist and singer with the musical group Fleetwood Mac. ... Kim Carnes (born July 20, 1945 in Pasadena, California) is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter. ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... This article is about the recording artist. ... Sheila Escovedo (born December 12, 1957, in Oakland, California), known by her stage name Sheila E., is an American musician, perhaps best known for her work with Prince and Ringo Starr. ... Robert Frederick Xenon Geldof[1], KBE[2], known as Bob Geldof (born 5 October 1951) [3], is an Irish singer, songwriter, actor and political activist. ... Daryl Hall (born Daryl Franklin Hohl on October 11, 1946, Pottstown, Pennsylvania) is an American singer and songwriter best known as half of the music duo Hall & Oates (with music partner John Oates). ... James Ingram (born February 16, 1956 in Akron, Ohio) is an American soul musician, famous for his vocal performance. ... Sigmund Esco Jackie Jackson (born May 4, 1951) is an American singer and musician, a former member of The Jackson 5, and the oldest son in the Jackson music jackson. ... La Toya Jackson La Toya Yvonne Jackson (born May 29, 1956 in Gary, Indiana) is an American singer and the middle child of the Jackson family. ... Marlon David Jackson (born March 12, 1957) is an American singer, former member of The Jackson 5, and older brother of American pop stars Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Toriano Adaryll Tito Jackson (born on October 15, 1953 in Gary, Indiana) is an American singer and guitarist and a charter member of the The Jackson 5. ... Alwyn Lopez Al Jarreau (born March 12, 1940) is an American singer. ... Waylon Jennings in 1965. ... William Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, composer and musician. ... Cynthia Ann Stephanie Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American Grammy Award- winning singer, MTV VMA-winning video and Emmy Award-winning film, television and theatre actress. ... ... Kenny Loggins (born Kenneth Clark Loggins on January 7, 1948 in Everett, Washington) is an American singer and songwriter best known for a number of soft rock and adult contemporary hit singles beginning in the 1970s. ... Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, actress and comedienne, also known to her fans as The Divine Miss M. She is named after the actress Bette Davis although Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one. ... Willie Nelson (born Willie Hugh Nelson, April 30, 1933) is an American entertainer and songwriter, born and raised in Abbott, Texas. ... -1... Jeffrey Osborne (born March 9, 1948 in Providence, Rhode Island) is an American funk and R&B musician, and former lead singer of the band L.T.D. Osborne is the youngest of 12 children and is part of a musical family. ... Stephen Ray Perry (born January 22, 1949) is an American singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Journey. ... The Pointer Sisters was an American vocal group and recording act that achieved great success during the 1970s and 1980s. ... Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. ... William Smokey Robinson, Jr. ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... For the author-illustrator, see Diana Ross (author). ... Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ... Marie Dionne Warrick (born December 12, 1940), known professionally as Dionne Warwick, is an acclaimed five-time Grammy Award-winning African American singer best known for her work with Hal David and Burt Bacharach as songwriters and producers. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. ...

Artists and lyric form

The song lyrics are under copyright from 1985; however, some excerpts can be explained in technical analysis, under the 1961 fair-use citation of the US Copyright Act (title 17, U. S. Code). [4] There are several Acts known as the Copyright Act: Copyright Act of Canada United States Copyright Act International Copyright Act This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ...


Below are partial lyrics from We Are the World, noting each lead singer's role in the performance. Each lead singer appeared in a close-up view, coming to a microphone in time to sing a phrase, with the effect of each celebrity being shown in a reveal.


The melody has 3 melodic sections A/B/C, with "B" as the chorus section, in the form A-A-B A-B C-B (below, omitted words are shown as "..."):

There comes a time when we heed a certain call   -Lionel Richie
When the world must come together as one   -Lionel Richie & Stevie Wonder
There are people dying   -Stevie Wonder
Oh, and it's time to lend a hand to life   -Paul Simon
The greatest gift of all.   -Paul Simon & Kenny Rogers
We can't go on pretending day by day     -Kenny Rogers
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change   -James Ingram
We're all a part of God's great big family   -Tina Turner
And the truth     -Billy Joel
You know love is all we need.   -Tina Turner & Billy Joel
( CHORUS sung solo )
We are the world, we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving  -Michael Jackson
There's a choice we're making, we're saving our own lives   -Diana Ross
It's true, we make a better day just you and me.   -Michael Jackson& Diana Ross
Well, send 'em your heart, so they know that someone cares   -Dionne Warwick
And their lives will be stronger and free   -Dionne Warwick & Willie Nelson
As God has shown us by turning stone to bread   -Willie Nelson
And so we all must lend a helping hand.   -Al Jarreau
( CHORUS again sung solo )
We are the world, we are the children   -Bruce Springsteen
We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let's start giving   -Kenny Loggins
Oh, there's a choice we're making, we're saving our own lives   -Steve Perry
It's true we make a better day, just you and me.   -Daryl Hall
( interlude break in melody )
When you're down and out and there seems no hope at all   -Michael Jackson
But if you just believe there's no way we can fall.   -Huey Lewis
Well, well, well, well let us realize, oh, that a change can only come   -Cyndi Lauper
When we     -Kim Carnes
Stand together as one.   -Kim Carnes & Huey Lewis
(Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)   -Cyndi Lauper
We are the world, we are the children   -Total Singers
We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving   -Total Singers
There's a choice we're making, we're saving our own lives   -Michael Jackson
It's true, we make a better day just you and me.   -Michael Jackson
(Just you and me) -Total Singers
We are the world, we are the children   -Total Singers
We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving   -Total Singers
There's a choice we're making, we're saving our own lives, its true we make a better day, just you and me   -Bob Dylan
We are the world, we are the children   -Total Singers
We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving   -Total Singers
There's a choice we're making, we're saving our own lives   -Michael Jackson
It's true, we make a better day just you and me.   -Ray Charles
Alright now, let me hear you   -Ray Charles (very reverently observed by the other musicians)
( CHORUS x2 )
We are the world   -Total Singers
We are the world   -Ray Charles
We are the children   -Total Singers
We are the children   -Ray Charles
We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving   -Total Singers
let's start giving   -Ray Charles
There's a choice we're making, we're saving our own lives
It's true, we make a better day it's you and me. -Ray Charles
Come on and let me hear -Ray Charles
( CHORUS x2 )
We are the world   -Stevie Wonder
We are the world   -Bruce Springsteen
We are the children   -Stevie Wonder
We are the children   -Bruce Springsteen
We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving   -Stevie Wonder
So let's start giving   -Bruce Springsteen
There's a choice we're making, we're saving our own lives
It's true, we make a better day just you and me.   -first Stevie Wonder, second Bruce Springsteen
We are the world, we are the children   -Total Singers
We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving   -Total Singers
There's a choice we're making, we're saving our own lives   -Michael Jackson
It's true, we make a better day just you and me.   -Michael Jackson
(Just you and me) -Total Singers
We are the world   -James Ingram
We are the world   -Ray Charles with Total Singers
We are the children   -James Ingram
We are the children   -Total Singers
(That so) -Ray Charles
We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving   -James Ingram
So let's start giving   -Total Singers
There's a choice we're making, we're saving our own lives -Ray Charles
It's true, we make a better day just you and me.   -Ray Charles
We are the world, we are the children   -Total Singers
We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving   -Total Singers
There's a choice we're making, we're saving our own lives   -Ray Charles with Total Singers
It's true, we make a better day just you and me.   -Ray Charles with Total Singers
[ remainder omitted due to copyright restrictions ].

During the performance, the solo portions, sung by the lead singers, allowed their distinctive, famous voices to be heard individually, or in pairs, for several minutes, before the entire group sang the third repetition of the chorus verses. Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. ... Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. ... Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... James Ingram (born February 16, 1956 in Akron, Ohio) is an American soul musician, famous for his vocal performance. ... Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ... William Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, composer and musician. ... Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ... William Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, composer and musician. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... For the author-illustrator, see Diana Ross (author). ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... For the author-illustrator, see Diana Ross (author). ... Marie Dionne Warrick (born December 12, 1940), known professionally as Dionne Warwick, is an acclaimed five-time Grammy Award-winning African American singer best known for her work with Hal David and Burt Bacharach as songwriters and producers. ... Marie Dionne Warrick (born December 12, 1940), known professionally as Dionne Warwick, is an acclaimed five-time Grammy Award-winning African American singer best known for her work with Hal David and Burt Bacharach as songwriters and producers. ... Willie Nelson (born Willie Hugh Nelson, April 30, 1933) is an American entertainer and songwriter, born and raised in Abbott, Texas. ... Willie Nelson (born Willie Hugh Nelson, April 30, 1933) is an American entertainer and songwriter, born and raised in Abbott, Texas. ... Alwyn Lopez Al Jarreau (born March 12, 1940) is an American singer. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... Kenny Loggins (born Kenneth Clark Loggins on January 7, 1948 in Everett, Washington) is an American singer and songwriter best known for a number of soft rock and adult contemporary hit singles beginning in the 1970s. ... Stephen Ray Perry (born January 22, 1949) is an American singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Journey. ... Daryl Hall (born Daryl Franklin Hohl on October 11, 1946, Pottstown, Pennsylvania) is an American singer and songwriter best known as half of the music duo Hall & Oates (with music partner John Oates). ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Huey Lewis (born Hugh Anthony Cregg, III on July 5, 1950) is an American musician and occasional actor. ... Cynthia Ann Stephanie Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American Grammy Award- winning singer, MTV VMA-winning video and Emmy Award-winning film, television and theatre actress. ... Kim Carnes (born July 20, 1945 in Pasadena, California) is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter. ... Kim Carnes (born July 20, 1945 in Pasadena, California) is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter. ... Huey Lewis (born Hugh Anthony Cregg, III on July 5, 1950) is an American musician and occasional actor. ... Cynthia Ann Stephanie Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American Grammy Award- winning singer, MTV VMA-winning video and Emmy Award-winning film, television and theatre actress. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... James Ingram (born February 16, 1956 in Akron, Ohio) is an American soul musician, famous for his vocal performance. ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... James Ingram (born February 16, 1956 in Akron, Ohio) is an American soul musician, famous for his vocal performance. ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... 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Note the dramatic effect of delaying the entire group singing, until many of the celebrity singers had each been revealed in solo parts, through 2 repetitions of the "We are the world" chorus section. The singing by the full group was even delayed until after the interlude/break in the melody, sung by Michael Jackson, Huey Lewis, Kim Carnes, with Cyndi Lauper building the crescendo into the entire group singing "We are the world, we are the children...." Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Huey Lewis (born Hugh Anthony Cregg, III on July 5, 1950) is an American musician and occasional actor. ... Kim Carnes (born July 20, 1945 in Pasadena, California) is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter. ... Cynthia Ann Stephanie Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American Grammy Award- winning singer, MTV VMA-winning video and Emmy Award-winning film, television and theatre actress. ... Crescendo may mean: In musical notation, crescendo refers to a passage of music during which the volume gradually increases. ...


Cultural references

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Television and Movies

  • The 1985 Filipino movie, "Naku Ha!" starring the "Tito, Vic and Joey" trio (Joey de Leon, Vic Sotto and Tito Sotto), parodied the song about the job of a house maid. They also parodied the music video of the song.
  • In the mid-1980s, the New Zealand satirical show McPhail & Gadsby featured a spoof called "We Are the Worms" with a slightly modified tune. The lead singer was then-Prime Minister David Lange, as played by David McPhail. The idea behind the song was that New Zealand was a small country trying to spread goodwill in international politics, though whether it was complimentary is open to question.
  • Frank Zappa cited this song on Crossfire when asked what song of the last 20 years he would not like his children to hear. [2]
  • British satire show Spitting Image performed a spoof version called "We're Scared of Bob".
  • Chilean television show CQC performed a spoof version called "No seai' weón" (don't be silly) in one of the programs of the 2006 season. Journalist Fernando Lasalvia composed it and he appeared singing the song with Chilean television people of Chv Channel and Mega Channel . The lyrics were a protest against the politics of Canal 13 and TVN. These channels have prohibited the use of their images in other television channels' programs.
  • Norwegian television show "Gylne Tider" (Golden Times) shot a "We Are the World" music/promo video during production of the third season of the series. The video was aired only once (October 28, 2006 on TV2) prior to the season premiere and featured all celebrities appearing in the upcoming season, mimicking to the original music. Topic for the third season of Gylne Tider was celebrities of the 80s (season still running) and the following appear in the show and music video:

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Music

  • The group Culturcide covered the song as "They're Not the World," with new lyrics which accused USA for Africa of being more concerned with publicity than with charity.
  • Members of Westboro Baptist Church wrote and recorded their own version of the song titled "God Hates The World" in reference to God's hatred of homosexuals and others. They also created a music video for it as well.[5]
  • Avant Garde music group The Residents have recorded two versions of this song. One a frenetic word for one cover, one sung to the melody with new lyrics.
  • In 1986, Nina Hagen sang a unique cover-version in German (Wir sind die Welt) during a German television show for the 40th anniversary of UNICEF.
  • Rick Dees' album I'm Not Crazy carries a parody of the song as its first track, entitled "We Are The Weird".
  • A shortened version of the song was performed during World Music Awards 2006. Michael Jackson performed the song with a youth choir.
  • thescambaiter.com, An online fraud fighting group, based their 2007 track, "We Are The Baiters", on the original. Recorded over 2 weeks with participating singers emailing in their parts to be included in the song. The song celebrates scam baiting, the sport of wasting fraudsters' time so as to hinder their ability to scam.

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Tsunami relief
  • Steve Burguiere, head producer of the Glenn Beck Program, and his group, Stu & the Blackhearts, recorded a cover of the song in which he and other members of the staff mimicked the original singers. The remake raised over $15,000 for tsunami victims.
  • A wide array of Hong Kong artists collaborated on a Cantonese cover to fund relief.

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Commercial exploitation
  • The oil company Royal Dutch Shell attracted some controversy in 2006 [3] when they adopted the music, and some of the lyrics, of the song (renamed “Growing and Winning”) for an internal motivational anthem. Intended to inspire staff the words included such phrases as “Now we’re on a journey, to streamline the way we work, and build a global enterprise” and “…we have moved on, growing day by day sharing strengths, we practice what is best - we are all a part of Shell’s global family”

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Charity song references

The following cultural references do not directly parody or mention "We Are the World," but are arguably inspired by the charity song trend of which "We Are the World" was a part:

  • The Simpsons parodied the song in the episode "Radio Bart," which featured the song, "We’re Sending Our Love Down the Well." This also mentions the "limo" situation (see "limosines" below).
  • The Critic did a "We Are the World"-style song with Movie critics when Jay Sherman was in Iraq.
  • Duckman featured a "We Are the World"-type song called "We Are There" in the episode "America the Beautiful".
  • At the end of Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, an ensemble of former child actors perform a "relief song" for former child actors. It is shot in the style of the video for "We Are the World".
  • On the television show Married With Children, the Bundy family joins a group of former musicians for their song for Old Aid.
  • An earlier Saturday Night Live sketch spoofed the trend with a song calling for the liberation of chickens, called "Musicians for Free-Range Chickens". This sketch was "hosted" by Casey Kasem (played by Dana Carvey). The only musician who played himself was Michael Bolton. The others were imitating real musicians; for example, Adam Sandler portrayed Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses and Chris Farley portrayed Carnie Wilson. Saturday Night Live also did three other charity song spoofs, "Play on Michael" (following Michael Jordan's first retirement from the NBA), "Rockers to Help Explain Whitewater", and "Set Our Nanny Free".
  • A 2007 television promo for the show My Name is Earl features cast members singing a song called "Free Earl" as an advertisement for a new season of the show.

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Recording session details

  • Michael Jackson skipped the American Music Awards that night to record the chorus of the song as a guide to the other artists.
  • The lyric "there’s a choice we’re making / we’re saving our own lives" was originally written as "there’s a chance we’re taking / we’re taking our own lives" but was rewritten when it was feared the original phrasing's first part might look like the artists are patting themselves on the back while the last part might suggest suicide.1
  • The artists also discussed whether they should sing "we are the ones who make a brighter day" instead of the original "better day". They eventually ended up singing "brighter day."
  • VH-1’s Pop-Up Video stated that Waylon Jennings left the recording session due to a dispute over the lyrics. The dispute started when Stevie Wonder announced that he would like to substitute a line in Swahili. After a few rehearsals, a full-fledged creative conflict broke out. Geldof pointed out that Ethiopians do not speak Swahili. Michael Jackson then proposed to keep his original line "Sha-lim sha-lingay" but after a few rehearsals, it too ran into opposition, because it does not have a meaning. Eventually Al Jarreau cried, "We can make a meaning" and came up with "One World, our word" which was changed one last time in "One world, our children."
  • The group name "U.S.A. for Africa" actually stands for "United Support of Artists for Africa" (not "United States...").
  • Within the song, Willie Nelson sings, "As God has shown us / by turning stones to bread..." In fact, in the Bible, Jesus was asked by Satan in Matthew 4 to turn stones to bread, but refused.
Both Patti LaBelle and Prince participated in the 1985 television broadcast performance of "We Are the World" from the Apollo Theatre, and many of the above names participated in the performance of "We Are the World" at the Live Aid concert in Philadelphia in July of 1985.
  • Pat Benatar was not available due to her pregnancy, since there was concern the bright lights and amount of people in the studio would not have made it feasible for her to be present in the studio.
  • John Denver, who had been actively campaigning against world hunger in the 1980s, had offered to participate in the recording, but was turned down.
  • Prince telephoned Quincy Jones in mid session and offered to contribute a guitar part, but Jones said it didn't fit into what they were doing, but did say he would accept a solo track for the album, which Prince did contribute.
  • The recording had to be briefly stopped due to Cyndi Lauper's jewelry clicking.
  • Stevie Wonder came back after the session to "touch up" his vocals.
  • During a break in the session, the group broke out into an impromptu version of Harry Belafonte's 1950s hit "Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" which led to a suggestion, "This should be the B-Side."
  • At the end of Live Aid in Philadelphia, Lionel Richie made a surprise appearance and performed the song live along with some other performers from the show.
  • Although Michael Jackson and his brothers were at the recording, sister Janet, who would have her first hit album a year later, was not. Another Jackson sister, Latoya, who would later be fodder for the tabloids, did participate. Also, brother Jermaine was the only Jackson brother who did not attend the recording.
  • Billy Joel used the meeting with Ray Charles to get him to contribute a vocal on a song that Joel later recorded called "Baby Grand".

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For the song by ABC, see Tears Are Not Enough (ABC song). ... Cover art for the original Do They Know Its Christmas? release – artist Peter Blake Do They Know Its Christmas? is a song written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 specifically to raise money for Ethiopian famine relief. ... Logo of the Hear n Aid project Hear n Aid was a joint effort from the heavy metal scene of the 80s to raise money for famine relief in Africa. ...

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "We Are the World by U.S.A. For Africa" (notes), Songfacts, 2002, webpage: Songfacts-1560.
  2. ^ "USATODAY.com - Moments of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" (news), USA Today, 2006-07-27, webpage: USAT-MTVcover.
  3. ^ "Lionel Richie: Soul Invictus, Pt 2" (interview), Chuck "Jigsaw" Creekmur, webpage: AllHipHop-A354: Lionel Richie states "We Are the World" had 11 lawsuits.
  4. ^ "U.S. Copyright Office - Fair Use" (legal notes), cites US Copyright Act (title 17, U. S. Code), Section 107, U.S. Copyright Office, webpage: CRgov-f1102. The 1961 Report of the Register of Copyrights on the General Revision of the U.S. Copyright Law cites examples for fair-use excerpts: "quotation of excerpts in a review or criticism for purposes of illustration or comment; quotation of short passages in a scholarly or technical work, for illustration or clarification of the author's observations."
  5. ^ http://religion.netscape.com/story/2007/06/25/god-hates-the-world

References

1 Interview with Quincy Jones for official video (1985).


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