The Pointer Sisters
Now, I recognize the majority of these singers, both soloists and chorus: having Dan Aykroyd in there was weird, but whatever. These are all (for the most part) extrememly talented, and famous musicians who are still popular 25 years later.
"We Are The World 25 for Haiti" was recorded in February of 2010 after the horrible earthquake killed so many people in Haiti the month before.
I understand that both songs are for charity, and wonderful causes, but the 2010 version is the most awful thing I've ever heard! The original had heart. All the artists were right there sharing microphones and you could feel that they were humble. The atmosphere in the room was inspiring, and brought tears to my eyes; those artists weren't there to better their careers.
There are SO MANY PEOPLE in the 2010 version that it's just stupid. I also understand that they wanted a more "updated" version with artists from today, but WHO ARE HALF THE PEOPLE IN THIS VIDEO?!? The sheer volume of people in the Chorus alone is almost 3 times the amount of the original recording; way too many people. (And don't even get me started on the names I don't recognize in the Chorus!) They changed the lyrics, and WHY did they add the HORRIBLE rap in; it that just takes away from the beautiful message? The whole recording just looked like it was all for show.
Soloists (in order of appearance)
Justin Bieber - Seriously, you choose this baby to start the song?
Nicole Scherzinger - only know who she is because of Dancing With The Stars!
Jennifer Nettles - Who is this?
Josh Groban - He could've sang the whole song and I would've been very happy
Tony Bennett - Why did they pick "older" singers if they wanted an updated version?
Mary J. Blige
Michael Jackson - Soooo glad they left his parts in
Miley Cyrus - was she even alive when this song was first made?!
Wyclef Jean - I suppose this thief was there to "represent" Haiti, but come on!
Adam Levine - who is this?
BeBe Winans - never heard of this person
Nick Jonas (Jonas Brothers)
Mary Mary - who?
Isaac Slade - huh?
Carlos Santana (solo with a guitar)
T-Pain - ????
LL Cool J
BBusta Rhymes - ???
Swizz Beatz - ???
Iyaz - who?
Chorus (in Alphabetical Order)
Harry Connick Jr.
A. R. Rahman
Here's what I think should have been done: instead of messing with perfection, just write another song for Haiti. They changed lyrics of the song anyway, and added the awful rap, why not just write a completely different song?
"We Are the World 25 for Haiti" received generally negative reviews by contemporary music critics, with criticism focused on the song's new musical additions, as well as the choice of artists who appear on the track.
One side note: as I was searching YouTube for these videos to download, the 1985 version didn't have people put the names of the artists who sing on the song; the 2010 had many versions like that. Just goes to show that the artists from 1985 are TIMELESS!!
So, which do you prefer? And I'll still love you if you like the 2010 version better!