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Quotable: Jay-Z Thinks “We Are The World” Remake Was A Mistake

“I know everybody is gonna take this wrong: ‘We Are the World,’ I love it, and I understand the point and think it’s great. But I think ‘We Are the World’ is like [Michael Jackson's] ‘Thriller’ to me. I don’t ever wanna see it touched. I’m a fan of music. I know the plight and everything that’s going on in Haiti. I applaud the efforts: [Millions have been raised] through text [donations] to Haiti. So I appreciate the efforts and everything, but ‘We Are The World’ is [musically] untouchable like ‘Thriller’ is untouchable. Some things are just untouchable. It was a valiant effort, but for me, it’s gonna be untouchable.”

— Jay-Z doesn’t mince words when asked his opinion on the remake of the 1985 classic “We Are the World.” What did you guys think of the remake? [via Us Weekly] Keep reading »

The Official “We Are The World” Remake Video


The official video for the remake of “We Are The World,” which will benefit victims of Haiti’s earthquake last month, has arrived, to, uh, mixed reviews. I’m all for the charity angle, obviously, so I’m not going to knock it too hard, but the Michael and Janet Jackson split screen is hella cheesy and I have a hard time taking anything seriously that features a Pussycat Doll. Keep reading »

Stars To Remake “We Are The World”


I bet a lot of you are too young to remember when “We Are The World” first hit the airwaves 25 years ago, in 1985. The single, written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, was recorded by an all-star lineup that crossed music genres and quickly became the biggest-selling single of all time. The proceeds went to famine relief charities in Ethiopia. I was 8 years old when “We Are The World” was released and I was living on an Air Force base in Japan, and even there, I can remember the song playing everywhere — in stores, on the street, in train stations and airports and bus terminals. It was a world-wide phenomenon. I liked to sing along and pretend I was Cyndi Lauper, one of my favorite childhood idols (second only to Judy Blume).
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