Stars Align for ‘We Are the World’ Remake

We Are the World

Twenty-five years after the original recording, history was made once again on Monday night (Feb. 1) as over 75 stars gathered to record a contemporary remake of “We Are the World” at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood.

Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie, the producer and co-writer of the iconic 1985 philanthropic anthem, teamed with Wyclef Jean, producer RedOne, and producer-musical director Rickey Minor for the new version called “We Are the World – 25 for Haiti,” benefitting Haitian earthquake relief efforts.

The recording session took place in the same studio as the original song written by Richie and Michael Jackson, and featured a diverse lineup including Lil Wayne (redoing Bob Dylan’s verse), Kanye West, Jennifer Hudson, Trey Songz, Drake, Barbra Streisand, Toni Braxton, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Pink, Jamie Foxx, T-Pain, Keri Hilson, Brandy, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus, Busta Rhymes, Nicole Scherzinger, Akon, Tony Bennett, Carlos Santana, and many others.

“After I did Bob Dylan’s part, it kinda hit me that I guess this is something way more important than I could’ve ever imagined,” Wayne told reporters, while responding “Hell no!” when asked if his version was better than Dylan’s.

Singer Josh Groban also shared his experience. “To be smack-dab in the middle of a sandwich between Barbra Streisand and Weezy was personally a creative experience I don’t think I’ll ever have the pleasure of having again,” he remarked.

The world premiere of “We Are the World – 25 for Haiti,” along with the accompanying 3-D video, will air during NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympics on Friday, February 12.

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85 Comments

  1. dr

    wow this is epic!!!

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  2. queen beyonce

    ummm wheres beyonce, alicia keys, christina aguilera, britney spears, justin timberlake, mariah carey???

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    Jay2010 Reply:

    @queen beyonce, that’s what I was wondering

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    CHILL2010 Reply:

    @queen beyonce, they wasn’t invited…besides we see enough beyonce, justin timberlake?/? Christina aguilera last i heard working on a movie mariah carey…who knows…..britney spears…who knows….

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  3. YOUNG BLACK AND GIFTED

    Where bey, gaga, rihanna those three could sell this and make it truelly epic.

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  4. Yas

    WOW this looks great! I always loved this song, so I hope they can add a new age twist to it.

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  5. Yas

    People need to understand that this is bigger than Gaga/Beyonce/Rihanna… this is more genuine. There is more talent and legendary musicians in this group of people to truly express the meaning of the song.

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  6. Huh?

    I would’ve been happy if LeToya was there, I mean they have some not so poppin singers there. People always leavin LeTOya out of things, but that’s OK! Her day is coming, she WILL get recognized!

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  7. d

    they have some legends but over 90% serious d list action going on.

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  8. dh

    Faltou Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Christna Aguilera e Britney Spears.

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  9. dh

    e Lady Gaga*

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  10. Vinicius

    where’s Lady GaGa ?

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  11. JAAAAMIE

    beyonce, gaga, rihanna, aguilera, madonna, spears, mariah ????????????

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  12. Vinny

    Sub-stars, but i like all him, i missed Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Chris Brown, Christna Aguilera, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga.

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  13. Pedro Ribeiro

    Kelly Rowland? no? :’(

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  14. Henrique

    I NEED LADY GAGA!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHES THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Pucci

    WOW, this is something beneficial for the ppl of Haiti & ppl still find something as meaningless as to whose in it & whose not??? First off who gives a flying F**k, If Gaga, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kelly Rowland, Rihanna or Alicia Keys are not in it… this is SO MUCH more bigger than some silly bickering abut why other stars aren’t in it?

    Anyhow, this is great… I can’t wait to hear the track.

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  16. Henrique

    quem quer foder? kkkkkkk

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  17. robyn

    where the eff are the major female singers,who are bad in the game right now. Smh rappers are in this. I know MJ is crying in his grave right now about this. Just awful

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  18. Ianná

    where is the lady gaga? and miley is very pretty: D

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  19. Ms

    I M SO SO SO SORRY PEOPLE BUT U CAN’T NOT REMAKE “We Are the World’ WITHOUT Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Alicia Keys,Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, Christan Aguilera AND Lady Gaga.

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    PFT Reply:

    Thank you!

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  20. Elvis Raymond

    where is R. kelly? the track is incomplete without him. you need legends for this. the 1 of 25yrs back had legends on it.

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  21. AOCOLLEGEBOI

    This IS ok they should of had more ppl who was inspired by M.J To help with the remake of this song. But Watever Thisis nice

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  22. kapiamba

    without jay-z ,i don’t think this is” we are the world”.

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  23. mrstackhouse

    Some artists like Beyonce,Alicia, and Taylor swift to name a few didn’t attend because there schedules wouldn’t allow as well as the fact that some artists didn’t want to remake this classic! That’s what was said in a press release.

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  24. Mike

    Miley Curus, Justin Bieber, Mya and many more unfamous singers… WTF?!? Where are divas like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. And where are Beyonce, Lady GaGa, Christina Aguilera, Leona Lewis who will bring definetely more people to buy the song and help Haiti?!>!

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  25. Tabby

    Justing Beiber? ROFL and Michael Jackson is RIHGL

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  26. azz man

    PEOPLe THERE R MORE 2 MUSIC THAN LADY GAGA RIHANNA and BEYONCE.quit being close minded. However, I don’t think JUSTIN BIEBER, An overrated little kid and DRAKE, and t pain shouldn’t be listed either.Good to see great 90 artists like toni braxton, snoop dogg, barbara streisand, and mixed with great 2000 artist like brandy,kanye west usher lil wayne etc.however it wouldve been nice to c Mariah carey, or mary j blige or alicia keys monica or keyshia cole or maxwell or SADE….

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  27. Usher

    WTF JUSTIN BEUBER AINT NOBODY WHERE CHRIS BROWN GAGA BEYONCE AT?

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  28. wow

    lol @ ppl mad that their fav isn’t there. GET OVER IT. we can’t put every singer in the world in it. damn!

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  29. A Dude

    I’m not interested in that remake because the list of artists involvef is not that impressive than the one back in 1985 and it doesn’t represent the best artists of our generation (Alicia,Beyoncé,JT,Leona, RIhanna, Lady GaGa, etc !)

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  30. Hélio

    WHERE’S BRITNEY??

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    Chris Reply:

    @Hélio, THANK YOU!!!! I understand that this is for Haiti, but they need to get people with HUGE fan bases so they can sell more and help the people more! BRITNEY fans are crazy! Hell, I would buy it 3 times on iTunes if Britney was on it!

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  31. YOUNG BLACK AND GIFTED

    first gaga, beyonce, rihanna,britney are basically this eras legends. they sell and isnt that the point?

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    Chris Reply:

    @YOUNG BLACK AND GIFTED, Yes! I agree. That’s the point! To sell! If they put JUST Britney, Gaga, Beyonce, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z on this track, it would SELL SELL SELL like crazy! Those 6 artists would have more of an appeal than these 90 D-list singers! Regardless, I will still buy it to help Haiti.

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  32. VAX

    What about daughtry, day 26, dirty money, the fray, jagged edge, JOHN MAYER, kelly clarkson, keyshia cole, kings of leon, 30 seconds to mars, LEONA LEWIS, nickelback, bon jovi, pleausre p, SWV (they just reunited), new kids on the block, 112, Leon G. Thomas III, Shaheen Jafargholi, Jamia Simone Nash, there is so much more people needed for this! Like honestly yall need to take out all those rappers!! What the hell!!!!

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  33. Ciara_2010

    WHERE BEY CIARA MARIAH WHITNEY RIH CHRIS BROWN ECT

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  34. Antonio

    Why would they have rappers & singers who haven’t sung in a while. Some of these ppl vocals not all that good

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  35. Temecula

    Haiti is a worthy cause. In fact, eliminating poverty in general should be always be on our mind. But, fellas, “We Are Are The World” suxs ass. I feel Gaga and Beyonce and Swift can do more on their own. Gaga already has raised a half a million for Haiti.

    The sequel seems to be an exercise in ego stroking and guilt-tripping for will.i.aint and dont.forget.Quincey. They forgot to invite country stars and indie performers. Just a bunch of pop stars and weak rappers. I don’t think Babs realizes this.

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  36. Kathy

    Why not some original thinking – there was nothing wrong with “We are the World” as it was originally sung. Can’t someone write a new song for new people to sing?

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  37. GoGoDoYou

    Wish Mariah & Beyonce were a part of this.

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  38. jen

    Lots of c list acts here.

    The biggest A list music stars of alltime like a Shania TWain,Mariah Carey and now Beyoncee are not even there.
    I know Shania doesn’t do these kind of cheesey things because she gives in private and lives in privacy.

    But there are tons of A list music acts missing and lots of c list acts who are there.

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    Kelsey Reply:

    @jen, since when is doing a song for charity “cheesy”? what a stupid comment to make.

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    Chris Reply:

    @Kelsey, I agree! Jen this isn’t “cheesy”!!!! This is to help the hundreds of thousands of ppl in Haiti get supplies and money to help rebuild their lives! If u think that’s “cheesy” then there’s a problem.

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  39. tay1025

    where’s ciara

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  40. Kim

    First of all let me just say I am happy with the stars they have!! Why is it whenever celebrities come together to do a charity song it’s always got to be the same singers!! Charity music is not about having A-list celebrities!! I’m pretty sure the Haiti people will appreciate all of these singers doing this for them!!! And for the person who said where are all the artist that MJ influence Lay Gaga, Beyonce, and Jay Z were not the only artist inspired by MJ Mya, Usher, Keri Hilson, Justin Timberlake, etc were also inspired by him. Why don’t yaw go check the 30th anniversary special they had for MJ those artist gave tributes to him!!! Oh and by the way if all yaw can care about is Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and certain artist being apart of this charity than yaw obviously don’t care about the Haiti people!! BTW Michael would appreciate this he was NEVER biased like yaw he had love for all types of artist!!! P.S the whole world does not revolve around yaw favorites GET OVER IT!!! Oh and Ms. Janet will sing Michael’s part couldn’t have asked for a better artist to do Michael’s part I can’t wait for this song and video!!

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    VAX Reply:

    @Kim, I completely agree with you. This is definetly for a great cause and MJ would be so proud to see all these people come together for a great cause. But why have all these rappers? I mean c’mon. Dont get me wrong i listen to rap and i love it. But for them to put them on THIS song is just a no-no. They definetly are missing ALOT of artists that actually have vocals. But either way this is definetly for a great cause and i know the whole Haitian community is gonna definetly appreciate this. My whole point was just about them ruining such a great song. But hey, it is 2010 its a new generation, and yes things have changed, SO lets be thankful for them doing this for such a great cause because that’s all that matters! :)

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  41. Leslie

    Yaw got a whole lot of nerve complaining about who is not in this song!!! All yaw going to do is turn this into a competitive thing if Rihanna, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga were apart of this song!!! Yaw don’t want them to be apart of this because it’s for charity yaw just want them to be a part of this so yaw can say they sounded better than all the other artist!!! Charity songs are not about who can upstage who or who has the best vocals!!! It’s about coming together!! Do you think those entire artists who sang the original cared about who were all A-list singers no!! If you ask me this is what a real charity song is supposed to be about not having all A-list celebrities sing, and try to outshine the other!!!

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    VAX Reply:

    @Leslie, Yes, absolutely. The whole message of this song to even start with was to come together for a great cause. But c’mon all these rappers? Like really? Lets be realistic. Of course, any form of charity is amazing. But i feel like they shouldve had only artists that have vocals regardless if there vocals outshined someone else’s. You know what i mean? But yes, this is definitely for a great cause. Cant wait to hear it!

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  42. clevon timms

    I think the BIG names that could sell this song SAW THE LINE UP and was like OOOOOOO HLL naw!!!!!! not messing up a CLASSIC and bounced out!!! good luck to the FEW stars i do see they will be BACKPACKING for this song to even come close to doing subpar … btw we all know it’s for a good cause but the POINT of a charity SONG is for the BIGGEST in the biz to do it (and should exclude american idol alums that are loud) ..IM NOT BUYING THIS SONG ill jus text 909… again.

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  43. clevon timms

    how could i forget about Bono and MJB ..come on ppl and some big gospel singers

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  44. Olivia

    If yaw want certain celebrities to do a charity song than why don’t ayw write and produce a song and then call up Beyonce, Lady GaGa, Taylor Swift, etc and ask they will be more than happy!!! Has it ever occur to yaw that maybe some of these artist have busy schedules..hmm maybe that’s why their not apart of it!!!

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    Chris Reply:

    @Olivia, I agree with Beyonce and Gaga, not so much Swift. The girl can’t sing to save her life. (She has more of a right than Justin Beber tho!)
    We need some Britney in there! That thing would be #1 in a minute!

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  45. Olivia

    I wonder if some of you guys complained when they remade Marvin Gaye’s song for 911 not all of those artist they had on that song had great vocals and not all of them were A-listers!!! Please even if they did come up with a whole new chartiy song and the same artist were apart of it yaw still would be complaing!!!

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  46. Catie

    It’s not that were complaining about the song, it’s more about why are there artists on this song that have no talent and not enough big names. This song will sell more if artists like Britney Spears and Beyonce are on it, period. This is an epic song, it doesn’t make sense that Miley Cyrus is featured in this song but Mariah isn’t. Ridiculous.

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  47. CIARA'S #1 FAN!!

    CIARA?????????? GAGA???? JANET?????

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  48. bass_man

    honestly. people miss the point and fail at life. Great cause and still such an impactful song.

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    Chino Reply:

    @bass_man, I totally agree….This song is to support Haiti…even if some people’s vocals aren’t better than the next it really shouldn’t matter…this song is made to support a tragedy not put more money into the pockets of your favorite “idol” ie..lady gaga, beyonce, brittany spears, or whoever else…and it seems as though everyone forgot about the sign that Michael Jackson put over the threshold of the studio doors before making the original song “Leave Your Egos At the Door”….the people who took the time to make this song clearly got that picture and put themselves aside for a moment to give back to a greater good….

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  49. i

    Im’s SOOOOOO happy beyonce is not here. I would have gone mad! Geej why does she have to be everywhere. Time for other people to shine. Like jenifer H!!JEEEJ So happy to see here. Anyway would also like whitney,leona,mariah, christina in this though:s;s;s. Anyway its beautifull….but omg where is michaels voice????

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  50. i

    Im’s SOOOOOO happy beyonce is not here. I would have gone mad! Jeezzz why does she have to be everywhere. Time for other people to shine. Like jenifer H!!JEEEJ So happy to see here. Anyway would also like whitney,leona,mariah, christina in this though:s;s;s. Anyway its beautifull….but omg where is michaels voice????

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  51. Soulfeel

    Where’s Nelly?

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  52. norma

    People there is so much more to offer in music other then Beyonce, and Alicia. The industry has pimp those two stars way to long. They are not all we have to offer.

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  53. simmer

    Where is Chris Brown???

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  54. sasha

    Um.. excuse me where the hell is MARIAH mutha f-ing Carey shes a damn legend. i’m hella pissed. damn even beyonce, Rhi… hell i would have taken taylor ass over nasty miley smdh

    quincey you make NO SENSE!!!

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  55. Moneymike

    I understand that this is a charity project… Which is great’ , but Richie said at the Grammys he wants to pass the torch to this generation. I m just saying why wouldn’t you have the biggest celebrities in it. Think about Micharl Jackson, he had the biggest, and diversity among the celebs. When I heard bout this in the works I said to myself who would they get… And these are all the names right off top Mariah, Mary j, beyonce, gags, Brittney, Justin, Christina, Alicia, Ciara, Celine , and thought about Whitney( she was in the first one).. And I just think that’s who u think when u think who’s gonna raise money,,. Just don’t understand y they wouldn’t be in it.!! If tgey were all in it.. I’d be saying y isn’t some of the people that’s there now isn’t in it…?? Idk??

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  56. Jalen

    IAGRRE WITH MOST PEOPLE HOW CAN THEY DO THIS WITHOUT PEOPLE LIKE LADY GAGA AND BEYONCE AND MARIAH
    etc. AND JUSTIN BIEBER IN WE ARE THE WORLD SERIOUSLY AND NICOLE FROM PUSSYCAT DOLLS WHAT HAS SHE DONE THAT IS WORTH BEING IN THIS COLLABORATION IM JUST SAYING MILEY AND JUSTIN AND SOME OTHERS SHOULD NOT BE IN THE SAME ROOM SINGING WITH GREATS LIKE CELINE DION……. THERE SO MANY THINGS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE I COULD GO ON AND ON

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  57. varqas

    - wow wen is this about yall? i think its a gud thinq 2 d0o! well to0 start out i lovedd the sonq in the firts place; nd i cant wait til 2-12-10 t0 see dee newer version! maybe der cud be different sinqers in this sonq; but ders not so0o qet dee fukk overr it! if MJ were still alive he wud of lovedd it; ndd probally wudnt have dee sinqer’s dat ppl bitchiN overr in it! i herd a rumor sat janet is sinqinq MJ’s part…WOW who else cud of did dat betta? not gaga, jay.z, bey, or rihanna so0o stfu wit who’s in it or not. this is for haiti not for ppl 2 be amused about who sunq wat part nd who sunq it dee best; so0 wats the point of who’s in it? ne who rIp MJ, we all miss youh! cnt wait to0o see dis video, btw hope dey didnt chanqe to0o much of the lyrics cuz den i wnt be able to0 sing alonq wit dem!

    p.s stop beinq selfish ndd qet overr dee fact dat dee ppl youh wantD arent in it!

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  58. margie

    It would of been nice to see Christina Aguilera in the list,
    she has the greatest voice.

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  59. davidf

    WHERE’S THE BIG ONES ? MARIAH, JANET, ARETHA, CHRISTINA, HOPEFULLY MARIAH IS WORKING FOR THE UK FOR SIMON COWELL CAUSE SHE’S BIG OVER THERE.

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  60. Nininho

    Lady Gaga No ?

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  61. CHILL2010

    THEY SHOULD OF HAD MY GIRL LADY GAGA…..SHE WOULD OF MADE IT EVEN MORE FIYAAAHHH!…..

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  62. Cara

    Charity is not always about having the biggest stars in them!!! There are a lot of great artist in this song!!! If you don’t like it then don’t listen to it!!! And for all of yaw that saying certain artist can raise more money just because they are big then it’s not about Haiti it’s about yaw wanting to see yaw favorties!!! It shoudln’t matter whose in it if you cared for Haiti you will help support them anyways!!!

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  63. Ms. Ann

    Good Day

    I am glad that Haiti will benefit from this epic re-make, however where is Maxwell?

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  64. Maddison

    How the Heck did they leave out Mariah Carey!!!!!!
    This is horrible!

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  65. annie

    All I am saying is that I like the old song better. Beyonce should have been there.

    not invited? not faire, she is the BEST.

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  66. Derisya

    Where is Alicia keys? shes the best female vocalist. im not buying it cz shes not in it neither is christina aguilara or britney spears or lady gaga,

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  67. mike

    wtf? wherez alicia keys. it would sound way better if she was in it. Wtf the jonas brothers cant sing. they need to get them off this track.

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  68. anti-diddy

    soooo glad Diddy, Puffy or whatever name he’s calling himself now was NOT there!!!

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  69. Brian

    Please stop saying Rihanna needs to be on this track. The girl doesn’t write her own music. Eminem, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, & Justin Timberlake were missed.

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  70. Lisa

    lmao this remake is no where near to the old one. I think what they did to try to do for Haiti was a good idea BUT why this song??:’( I love the old one and i dont want people in this generation to forget the REAL legends of all time!! We Need To Kepp Them ALIVE :) Like Really Miley and justin bieber?!! Like Keep the old one and make a new song..

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  71. Amy

    I like who was chosen to sing in this remake. Goodness knows if Mariah Carey had sang in this, we wouldn’t be able to hear anyone else’s parts. I do wish that Beyonce and Alicia Keys had participated, as well as Eminem and Justin Timberlake. Michael Jackson would have been proud to know that this was being done and he would have been there through the whole thing, not complaining that certain artists weren’t there or things like that. Quit your bitching because so-and-so wasn’t there and appreciate what these artists have done for the people of Haiti.

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  72. mr. minaj

    I just realized someone said they wanted Letoya on this. I’m not hatin, just statin. letoya sold how many copies of her CD? was that comment serious.

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    yvenia k. cooper Reply:

    @mr. minaj, why was u on thys u dont make no sense and mrs. minaji dont like u so gone wyth ur lyfe and if u got sonething to say . say it to myface at saginaw mi arthur eddy allday lego aale cuz

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  73. yvenia k. cooper

    i love thys song it makes me thynk of mj all day he will be missed truly and i love him so much

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