News: Eminem, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake & More To Remake "We Are The World"

Monday, Feb 1, 2010 5:50PM

Written by Biz Jones

Grammy-winning artists Eminem, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and more have been chosen to help put together a 2010 version of "We Are the World" in light of last month's massive earthquake in Haiti.

According to reports, producer RedOne will helm the song's sound.

Lady Gaga, Eminem, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Barbra Streisand are just a handful of the 100-plus stars scheduled to take part in a re-recording of "We Are the World" to benefit Haiti, producer RedOne told Rolling Stone yesterday at the Grammys. Other artists contributing to the new "We Are the World" -- a remake of the 1985 USA for Africa charity single that was co-written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie -- include Celine Dion, Fergie, Wyclef, Enrique Iglesias and more musicians who attended yesterday's 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. (Rolling Stone)

RedOne says he recently received an unexpected request to put the track together.

"I'm so delighted and so happy to get a dream call from Quincy Jones and Randy Phillips and Lionel Richie," RedOne told RS. "I know that Lionel Richie has been asked like 150-something times to redo 'We Are the World' and he said no to everything until this Haiti thing happened. The moment he saw that it happened he was like, OK, 'We Are the World.' And to be one of the people they called to have fresh input to the song, to help produce the song -- I have no words." (Rolling Stone)

Rapper Busta Rhymes hinted at putting together a big tribute for Haiti last month.

"Dready I'm writing the most compelling song 4 Haiti over this beat u left me wit lastnight...One of the realest things I ever wrote bruddah!," he wrote Sunday (January 24) evening via Twitter. "RT @iamjpierce: @BusaBusss If I could some what dedicate my urban artwork into this Haiti dedication, I'M IN!" RT @PattyLaurent: @BusaBusss You sound like you are in a MARVELOUS mood :-) lol. What's good bro? Ur right baby and I'm gonna make u proud! @Dready10 No doubt bruddah..." (Busta Rhymes' Twitter)

Rapper Twista recently explained why he penned the Haiti tribute, "911."

"When I did that, it was just like what I saw with Hurricane Katrina," Twista explained via telephone from Chicago. "What I saw in Haiti hit me just the same. Especially if you're a person that is black and you're into our African culture, when you saw these things, it hits you harder than the average person. I know Wyclef personally, I'm a fan of his music before any of this happened. He put out CDs that were completely in Haitian. I would still bump those CDs 'cause I was into the whole vibe of it. I happened to be in the studio working. It was during the week when I was putting out a different freestyle for each day of the week. Once that [tragedy] happened, it was a no-brainer, like, 'What I gotta do today?' I thought real hard and the Mary J. Blige and Wyclef [Jean] '911' song came to me. I looped it up, played it for a while and thought about everything I wanted to say before I went in there. I just put something down. I thought it wasn't about lyrical skill -- just go straight in and tell them how you feel how you think people should react. That's what I did." (MTV)

The disaster took place last month.

The major earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday may lead to hundreds of millions of dollars of insured losses, risk assessor Eqecat said, an amount that could have been higher had underwriters loosened their standards. Eqecat indicated that insured buildings often must meet a higher standard and therefore may sustain less damage. However, the company said Haiti's magnitude 7.0 earthquake, whose epicenter was just 10 miles (16 km) from the capital of Port-au-Prince, "is very severe, and even well-designed buildings could expect damage from this event." (Reuters)

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