During last night's opening ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, "We Are the World: 25 For Haiti" made its premiere to millions around the globe. It's the updated version of the 1985 charity single that will benefit relief efforts in earthquake-stricken Haiti. More info here.
The new version of "We Are the World" has a completely different cast than its predecessor. Only a digitized version of the late Michael Jackson remains, with his sister Janet singing along to his vocal tracks from the original. The sound is ... current and unfortunately most of the singers voices are Auto-Tuned. One of the highlights: Nicole Scherzinger and Jennifer Hudson harmonize and then J-Hud delivers a powerhouse performance on the verses originally performed by Stevie Wonder.
More than 80 artists participated. Jamie Foxx continues to channel the late Ray Charles, who was at the session 25 years ago. LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Kanye West and Mary J. Blige have solos. Lil Wayne and Vince Vaughn (srsly) make appearances, too.
The track was never one of my favorite songs in the 80s and this version still doesn't terribly impress me. But anything to help raise money or awareness for Haiti is a good thing. Love to hear your thoughts. Watch the version that debuted last night WHEN YOU JUMP ...