Various Artists -- "We Are the World 25 for Haiti" (Music Video)
When news broke in January that Quincy Jones was going to remix "We Are the World" I wasn't too thrilled with the idea. As far as I'm concern, the original "We Are the World" song was a great timeless humanitarian anthem of the 1980's. The song simply DID NOT NEED A REMIX.
And after watching the "We Are the World" video, my hunch was proven to be exact.
Not only was the song butchered, but it was drenched in Auto-Tune and a middle-of-the-road rap verse.
But, hey, it's the thought that counts.
Even Jay-Z agrees: 'I think it's great, but "We are the World" is [musically] untouchable, like "Thriller."
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Then, across the pond, American Idol judge Simon Cowell decides to redo R.E.M.'s touching ballad, "Everybody Hurts." This song gets butchered, as well.
Helping Haiti -- "Everybody Hurts " (Music Video)
But leave it to Kirk Franklin & Co. to step up to the plate and pen an original song for the people of Haiti.
Kirk Franklin & Friends -- "Are You Listening?: A Love Song for Haiti"