The song 'We Are the World' has been sung by many famous singers of the West. Do you know why it is called 'We Are the World'? Why was it recorded? What were the singers trying to do? Did they succeed?
Student/ teacher can sing the song.
Listen to the song and check whether you have guessed right in Question 1. Listen again until you are ready to sing along with it.
“We Are the World” is a song and charity single originally recorded by the supergroup USA for Africa in 1985. It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and co-produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian for the album We Are the World. Following Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” project in the UK, an idea for the creation of an American benefit single for African famine relief came from activist Harry Belafonte. He along with fund raiser Ken Kragen, was instrumental in bringing the vision to reality.
Several musicians were contacted by the pair, before Jackson and Richie were assigned the task of writing the song. The last recording session for the song was held on January 28,1985. The historic event brought together some of the most famous artists in the music industry at the time. The song was released on March 7, 1985, as the only single from the album. A worldwide commercial success, it topped music charts throughout’-the world and became the fastest-selling American pop single in history. Fans enjoyed hearing racially and musically diverse recording artists singing together on one track, and felt satisfied in buying “We Are the World”, knowing that the money was going to charity. The promotion and merchandise aided the success of “We Are the World”.
It was eventually named the biggest-selling single of all time. As of 2009, it has sold more than _ 20 million units and raised over $63 million for humanitarian aid in Africa and the US. Following the devastation caused by the magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, a remake of the song by another all-star cast of singers was recorded on February 1, 2010. Entitled “We Are the World 25 for Haiti”, it was released as a , single on February 12, 2010, and proceeds from the record will aid survivors in the impoverished country.
(Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_are_ the_world)