"We Are The World -- 25 For Haiti"

It’s frustrating when texting “Haiti” to 90999 is the best most of us can do to counter the overwhelming devastation in that country, but that’s a reflection both of our limited day-to-day resources and the real need there for complete social regeneration. Strange, sad times. And in times like these we’re not gonna goof on artists coming together to cover R.E.M.’s strikingly apropos “Everybody Hurts.” We’re just gonna give props to the fact that it’s happening at all. So we have here a listen of a bunch of people you’ve maybe heard of covering a band you’ve definitely heard of, in the UK, in order to bring money and relief to Haiti. In order of appearance: Leona Lewis, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Cheryl Cole, Mika, Michael Buble, Joe McElderry, Miley Cyrus, James Blunt, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jon Bon Jovi, James Morrison, Susan Boyle, Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams. Track’s on sale on Sunday. OK.

A bit closer to home on the artistic relief front: There’s a remake of “We Are The World” on its way, recorded at the same space as the original. That song is 25 years old! Which is nuts. So is that picture by Kevin Mazur for Wireimages, which should tell you a lot about who’s involved in that project (and that they want Vince Vaughn as far away from the mic as possible). Here’s a list:

Pink, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Jamie Foxx, Nick Jonas, LL Cool J, Robin Thicke, Celine Dion, Akon, Rob Thomas, Wyclef Jean, Jeff Bridges, Vince Vaughn, Barbara Streisand, Jordin Sparks, the Madden brothers from Good Charlotte, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban, Justin Bieber, Keri Hilson, Tyrese, Katharine McPhee, Sean Garrett, will.i.am., Carlos Santana, Melanie Fiona, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton, Jason Mraz, Miley Cyrus, Busta Rhymes, Nicole Scherzinger, Nicole Richie, Usher, Julianna Hough, Raphael Saadiq, Zac Brown, India.Arie, Randy Jackson, Musiq Soulchild, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Fonzworth Bentley, Kid Cudi, Iyaz, Bizzy Bone, Nipsey Hussle, Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, Trey Songz, Faith Evans, May, Gladys Knight. That’s not even the full list, which is here. Weezy’s doing the Dylan part! Maybe Kanye will bring it like Cyndi Lauper. Proceeds from that single, spearheaded by original “We Are The World” masterminds Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie, will go to the “newly formed charity We Are The World Foundation LLC, and then be distributed to Haiti.” It’ll premiere during the Olympics opening ceremony.

Here’s a preview that proves that pic wasn’t a photoshop job.

While you wait for it in full, here’s that “Everybody Hurts” by everybody. Email it your friends who love Kylie Minogue. Or your mom.

For a slightly less mom-friendly version of the song, take Meat Puppets’ take from Drive XV, Stereogum’s tribute to R.E.M.’s Automatic For The People:

Or, of course, the original.

Comments (25)
  1. dcc  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2010 0

    my mom and i hugged each other and cried listening to that song. who else needs a hug?

  2. Vince Vaughn and Jeff Bridges singing on the same track as lil wayne and the beach boys.

  3. Greg  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2010 0

    I thought Lil Wayne was in jail.

  4. Hoow hilarious was Bon Jovi’s entrance?

  5. ED STRAKER  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2010 0

    The DJ was cut off at “Umm…” What did he say, after that?

  6. GH  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2010 0

    Love how all these pics look photo-shopped.

    It’s just too…surreal. It’s like an SNL gag.

  7. tommy  |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2010 0

    i cant think of a bigger middle finger to haiti than this pile of garbage.

  8. Snow Forrest   |   Posted on Feb 2nd, 2010 0

    Everyone is hurting now having to listen to that, there is enough suffering in Haiti without spreading it. Simon Cowell uses his artists or anyone that has been on the x-factor shocker!

    Does a charity song stay tax free, royalty free, ect forever? Will the money still go to Hatiti in tens if bought throw itunes say)?

    Simon Cowell knows nothing about good music but can make money.

    It is more than worth while giving your money to the poor people of Haiti, please do, what you can give, there are other ways though. Please look it giving clothes, or alliterative things they really need too. Money can often go missing in times like these as history has shown us.

  9. It is interesting to note that in four days, charities raised more than four times the dollar amount for Haiti than the victims of the 2004 Tsunami. The amount of money donated to Haiti in that period of time is also more compared to the money raised for victims of Hurricane Katrina. So, perhaps, the viral philanthropy of texting and Facebook is beneficial. Either way, let us not forget Haiti as time goes by.

  10. john  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0

    mad celebs yo. wonder how much usher’s glasses cost

  11. saroman  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0

    Hollywood stars and Pop musicians save the world! already years ago, experts warned governments of earthquakes in haiti, but noone warned us of this song. disastrous.

  12. artimusmaximus  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0

    No disrespect towards the humanitarian relief effort but were they all picked at random (no matter how obscure or not)?

  13. Nick  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0

    What a wonderful statement by the those fortunate enough to give of their talents for the good of mankin…. is that guy on his cellphone?

  14. Brian  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0

    The video still of that old British lady clutching her headphones as she EMOTES makes me chuckle relentlessly. This is the funniest thing in the world. Not Haiti. I mean, look, millions of people are going to buy these songs, and hopefully all of that aid will help. Good. I hope this works in spades. But like most of these people aren’t in this for the PR. Did anyone get a load of Usher. He’s, like, just standing there, looking off for a camera. Ha! I love this. I love people who love celebrities. They are the funniest people in the world.

  15. I’m still going to buy that no matter what, even if Justin Beiber is in there but why Vince Vaughn?

  16. the truth hurts  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0


    Pet Sounds was the greatest album of all time! Of all time!

  17. Gobbel Gobble  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0

    I love the YouTube loading frame of Leona Lewis…looks like she’s going down for the big swallow whole…girl sure knows how to give it…

  18. Just the fact that all of the these artists and Vince Vaughn (thank god they kept him so far back there) took time out of their busy schedules to make this song to recognize the stress that these people in Haiti are experiencing is amazing. I really wish I could do more as an individual to help those in need rather than just send them money. If I could have my way I would go over there and help dig, feed, and take care of the families in need. I’m really looking forward to seeing this performance before the Olympics. It seems like something that will move alot of people and hopefully bring awareness to the problem at hand.

    Im also curious if there was any tension out there at the rehearsal. I can’t see a situation where you put that many stars with their high egos together and no problems come out of that. And Lil Wayne is awful at singing so hopefully the people mastering the track can deal with that problem, rather than putting autotune on his voice. That would be hilarious.

  19. Jenny  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0

    I definitely feel for the people of Haiti and have donated to the relief effort. Please don’t get me wrong, but why didn’t we pay as much attention to Myanmar or Thailand when they had the earth quakes and Tsunamis? Myanmar is definitely as unfortunate as Haiti if not worst. Did race or politics effect our media’s focus?

  20. Fonsworth Bentley? Isn’t he the guy who holds P.Diddy’s umbrella? I hate everything.

  21. It’s good to see that Kanye can finally admit that he is a part of the world rather than having it revolve around him constantly.

  22. Ah yes…tired, tired, tired of mom friendly. I hope it works though.

  23. vince vaughn is singing the part of dan akroyd. you can’t hear it?

  24. The pic of Kanye West next to some of the Beach Boys might be the best picture of the year.

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