“We Are the World 2010” Takes on New Meaning…

…for me as it provides clear evidence demonstrating the demise of American Music. Video Gaga’s blog entry, “We are the world remake takes on new meaning,” left me quite shaken. The article states:

Lionel Richie was rightfully hesitant to rerecord “We Are the World,” the 1985 global anthem he wrote alongside Michael Jackson to fight famine in Africa.
More than 40 artists under the umbrella USA for Africa joined to record the tribute that raised more than $60 million.
Richie felt the song was iconic and should not be revisited,

With the state of music today, I understand.

…but he changed his mind after the recent devastation in Haiti following the tragic 7.0 earthquake in January that left more than 100,000 people dead and millions displaced.

I feel your pain Lionel as the new version hurt my ears at times. Sometimes in life, we have to make difficult decisions. I was moved by the 1985 original below:

The new version is here (warning: video features auto-tune and Wyclef):

Despite the musical travesty, Haiti still needs your help. I urge you to give to world25.org. We can help the people of Haiti and, perhaps, put Wyclef out of his misery.

5 thoughts on ““We Are the World 2010” Takes on New Meaning…

  1. Salaam Alaikum,

    In the U.K, a new version of ‘Everybody Hurts’ has been recorded. It is truly terrible.

    I did think of posting a link here, but I cannot subject you to such awfulness.

    P.S, I very much appreciated your points in the ‘American Islam’ comments over at your husband’s blog.


  2. Walaikum salaam Safiya,
    Thanks for stopping by. Being the masochist that I am, I will probably subject myself to ‘Everybody Hurts!’ Thank you for your support. Sometimes these conversations are so frustrating, but it is nice to know we’re not sitting on our own Lost Island in some alternate reality or something. Well gotta run. Give Orea a hug for me.


  3. i dont agree with everyone who thinks the old one was that great to begin with. the singers from that era sound like total crap to me. this sounds like a bunch of old ppl complaining about songs that contain hiphop because they dont know hiphop as positive. in their sad small closed mind ignorant world hiphop being connected to anything other than drug dealing and gang banging completely bogs their mind and they cant understand it. kill yourself


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