"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.

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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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Teen, 17 years old Written byevolinag August 28, 2013
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Enormous charity song brings artists together.

When "We are the World" was recorded in the 1980s, some of the world's most famous musicians came together in order to perform one enormous song forbthe sake of helping Africa, something that haven't been done like this before. Even though for the younger generations a lot of the original performers have already been forgotten, their idea has not grown old. Like will.i.am says in one of his lines "Now Haiti needs us, they need us". After the tragic earthquake an amazing amount of music allstars from all genres, from hip hop to rock, and all ages came together in order to show their support for the victims. It resulted in a gigantic, heartbreaking ballad, in which you can hear thr most different voices and can see thr most different faces. From P!nk to Justin Bieber, it includes everything from Lil Wayne to Barbra Streisand or Celine Dion and Mary J. Blige. Surely, not all performers are equal in talent, and yes, Wyclef Jean should really stick to his rap skills rather than trying to sing, but it is unbelievable that some critics call it one of the worst songs of all time. "We are the World 25 for Haiti" is an extremely touching collaboration between some of the most ambitious musicians of modern music industry. There really is much effort in this work and you can hear it from the first line to the last. ---- This song is absolutely clean, except for one line saying "There are people dying". This song is suitable for all ages.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 5 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 May 29, 2012
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we are the world

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?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written bySongRatingDisputer March 29, 2012
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Some Of the "We Are The World" Singers Seem to Mock the Original Song

First of all, I respect the purpose of the song and like the original it has a good heart. The problem is that some of the artists did not take this song seriously or tried to add humor where it isn't wanted. The biggest offender was Wyclef Jean. He disrespected the entire purpose of the song and made inappropriate comments through the song such as "Nous ce monde là" in a unneeded crazy voice and said an inappropriate "Cabarett" in a scream right after the rap verse. But probably the biggest insult to the song he did was right after the song got back on track after the so-so rap verse. He sung "Haiti, Haiti, Ha, Ha, ha" repeatedly. In my opinion, that one sentence mocks the entire purpose of the song which even with his earlier contributions and the rap verse was still ok. Jamie Foxx also did a bad Ray Charles imitation which seemed to insult more than compliment. The other singers were alright and some even had really good voices, including people as diverse as Lil' Wayne, Pink, Tony Bennet, and Mary Mary. The rap was better than I thought. What it really comes down to is Wyclef Jean and how it pales compares to the original song. If there is a disaster and this song ever comes out and you can't buy the original, make sure you ask for Wyclef Jean to be removed even if the price costs much more. If you take him out this song would get knocked down four age levels and if you took the Ray Charles imitation off, it would get the positive messages tag added on. PS: Just before you say I forget, I thought Bieber was better than he is in some of his songs but he would have been even better than that if his voice was deeper. Michael Jackson probably shouldn't gone in the song only a few months after his death but it's nice they thought of his legacy while writing this.

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