“We are the World” & “Everybody Hurts” Electronically Reprocessed to Give a More Lifelike Effect

Preservation HallTwenty-five years ago, USA for Africa—featuring The Gambler, Aunty Entity, The Piano Man, The King of Pop, The Redheaded Stranger, The Boss, and a veritable fuck-ton of equally impressive musicians of varying musical and cultural backgrounds that may or may not have had sweet nicknames—recorded the four-times-platinum-selling “We Are the World,” an American benefit single for African famine relief written by Lionel Ritchie and the late Michael Jackson.

In light of January 12’s devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti, Ritchie and a new, less impressive supergroup rerecorded the track Monday, along with REM’s “Everybody Hurts,” in effort to raise money for Haiti’s earthquake relief.

With updated music, lyrics, and a Haiti-themed rap segment, “We Are the World: Redux” (not the actual title) features over 75 popular artists of varying merit , including Carlos Santana, Orianthi, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Sugarland, Adam Levine, Jason Mraz, Earth Wind & Fire, Natalie Cole, The Jonas Brothers, T-Pain, Brian Wilson, Justin Bieber, Nicole Scherzinger, India.Arie, Julianne Hough, Mary Mary, Melanie Fiona, BeBe Winans, Mya, Tyrese Gibson, Anthony Hamilton, Raphael Saadiq, Gladys Knight, Keri Hilson, Joel and Benji Madden, Heart, Brandy, Pink, Musiq Soulchild, Miley Cyrus, Akon, Jordin Sparks, Celine Dion, Rob Thomas, Katharine McPhee, and The Dude himself, Jeff Bridges.

The newly recorded version of “We Are the World” is scheduled to debut on NBC on February 12 during opening ceremony coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Here’s a teaser from TMZ:

The Radio 1 premier of “Everybody Hurts.” Warning: may leave behind the bitter taste of saccharin.

And because I can’t help myself:

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