In 1985, Michael and Lionel Richie collaborated on a charity song, ‘We Are The World,’ to gather relief funds for starving people in Africa. The song was a massive success, and raised many millions of dollars for the charity.
Now, twenty-five years later, another group of international artists has had that song digitally enhanced, and re-released as the lead track with ten new songs to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of that original historic recording.
The digital album titled, ‘We Are The World/United in Song,’ was released worldwide last December, by the United Support of Artists for Africa (USA for Africa). USA for Africa has lined-up international artistes who have contributed songs to the project, with proceeds from this effort going to assist development programmes in Africa. It will be distributed worldwide by Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) and available to hundreds of digital storefronts across the globe, including major digital music services iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, and Rhapsody.
‘We Are The World/United In Song,’ is dedicated to the forty plus artistes and musicians, who paved the way twenty-five years ago for this new release, with special thanks to the late Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones, the “producer extraordinaire, whose musical and creative talents have made, ‘We Are The World,’ the anthem it has become today,” said USA for Africa in a statement.
“The re-release of the original ‘We Are The World,’ to a whole new generation is truly the best way to commemorate the monumental influence of the song and celebrate the generosity of the talented artists who participated in the project,” said Marcia Thomas, executive director, USA for Africa.
“The song and its message still resonate twenty-five years later through the artists featured on ‘United In Song.’ They carry the torch into the twenty-first century with the same spirit born out of the original recording,” Thomas adds.