"We Are the World" (CD single)

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Classic song is remade to help Haiti's earthquake victims.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though the song talks about God, people of any faith can appreciate the song's overarching messages of selflessness and supporting the greater good.

Positive role models

Some of the artists have led cleaner lives than others; however, all of them prove to be good role models in this case by contributing their time and effort toward others in need.  

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while "WE ARE THE WORLD" contains no graphic language or other adult content, the song mentions "people dying" and makes references to God. Still, the tune’s general emphasis on helping the less fortunate is appropriate for audiences of all ages.

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What's the story?

Twenty-five years after it was first released to help starving African nations, the single "We Are the World" has had a resurgence -- this time, to support victims of the Haitian earthquake. The roster of artists who perform the song, which was originally written by Michael Jackson, includes more than 80 names that are all over the stylistic map: Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Pink, Nick Jonas, Barbara Streisand, Miley Cyrus, Tony Bennett, Usher, Lil Wayne, and dozens more. Premiered during the opening ceremonies of the 2009 Winter Olympics, the song's video features footage of the epic recording session. Both the video and the track itself are available for purchase, with all proceeds going directly to help Haiti's citizens.

Is it any good?

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Recruiting artists from so many different musical backgrounds gives "We Are the World" as broad an appeal as possible, if not one consistent sound. Uber-popular newcomers like Bieber, Pink, and Cyrus lend a young tone, while Streisand, Bennett, and opera powerhouse Josh Groban will appeal to older crowds. Highlights include the portions of Michael Jackson's performance on the original song that are spliced into the new rendition, as well as the new rap verses that have been added and performed collectively by West, Kid Cudi, will.i.am, and other big-name rap artists.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes a person put aside her or his own priorities in order to help others. What other things might these artists have been doing when they were asked to perform on "We Are the World"?

  • Even from so far away, what can people in the United States do to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:February 12, 2010
Label:We Are The World Foundation
Genre:World music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written bygranny grandy g... March 1, 2010
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I think it is as good as the first one I want it
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Kid, 11 years old March 8, 2010
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AWESOME SONG!!!!!!!

GREAT song!!!! I am a big fan of the Haiti Earthquake, (my little sister is from Haiti and I like to help out). There is nothing wrong with the song everything is positive!
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Teen, 15 years old Written bym.s qua March 7, 2010
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cool love it
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