Singers and actors that normally are not in the same place come together into the same Hollywood studio that record the song 25 years after the original that was recorded to raise awareness of the famine in Africa. This time, Haiti and the hundreds of earthquake victims were the objective of this reunion.
Lady Gaga, Eminem, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake sang with Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Santana and many others. This time they didn’t wave to their fans but they were fans themselves asking for autographs, telephone numbers and pictures. The recording, like the previous time, was organized by Quincy Jones and the song’s co-writer Lionel Richie, but no one else who appeared on the 1985 version will be returning for the update.
The absences or some artists was more important because even they intended to, singers like Lady Gaga, Beyonce or Taylor Swift couldn’t participate.
The song will premiere Friday, February 12 , during the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Classical crossover tenor Josh Groban described the event as an “inspired chaos.” “Everybody left their ego at the door,” he said, referring to a sign that was hung in the studio during the original session 25 years ago.
Randy Phillips, one of the organizers, commented that all the earnings of the song will go to a newly foundation that will carefully monitor disbursement.