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Stars remake 'We Are the World' for Haiti relief

Twenty-five years after the all-star recording of "We Are the World" became a signature moment in celebrity altruism and pop-music history, a new collection of stars came together Monday at the same Hollywood recording studio to record a new version for Haiti earthquake relief.

Just as Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan descended on the A&M Studios on La Brea to sing for famine relief in Africa, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Kanye West and Keith Urban turned up at the same sound stage (now called Henson Recording Studios) to join a celebrity chorus that was 100 voices strong.

The 1985 effort, called USA for Africa, raised  $63 million and became a template for famous-face fundraising. The new single will premiere Feb. 12 on NBC during the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics with the hope that the download single can help funnel aid into the ravaged island nation.

Continue reading "An all-star 'We Are the World' remake for Haiti relief" in Pop & Hiss, the L.A. Times music blog.

-- Geoff Boucher


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Photo: In 2010, celebrities gather at the "We Are The World: 25 Years for Haiti" recording session held at Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood. Credit: Kevin Mazur / WireImage

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