Snoop Dogg, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand also appear on song
Lil Wayne, Brian Wilson, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg and Celine Dion are among the artists who have recorded a new version of the 1985 charity song ‘We Are The World’ to aid victims of the recent Haiti earthquake.
The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and produced by Quincy Jones – who returned to the role for the new version. The new recording took place at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood – where the original was also put on tape.
The song is set to debut on US TV network NBC on February 12. The video is to be put together by director Paul Haggis, who filmed the recording session.
Lil Wayne admitted after the recording, “I don’t know how to sing.”
He went on to hail the new song but criticized the response to the 2005 disaster in New Orleans, when Hurrican Katrina caused havoc.
“I think it’s amazing what’s been done for Haiti, but I think it’s amazing what hasn’t been done for New Orleans,” he said.
Meanwhile, Simon Cowell‘s Haiti single, featuring Robbie Williams and Take That, Susan Boyle, Cheryl Cole and Alexandra Burke, has hit the airwaves in the UK. Hear the song, a cover of R.E.M‘s ‘Everybody Hurts’, by clicking below.