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'We Are the World' -- The Remake

2/2/2010 7:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Anyone who's ever put out a record in the past 5 years got together yesterday at Jim Henson studios in Los Angeles to sing a new version of Michael Jackson & Lionel Richie's "We Are the World" to benefit Haiti.

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The Jonas Brothers, Wyclef Jean, Harry Connick Jr., Sugarland, Justin Bieber, "Best Singer in the World" Celine Dion and a ton of other performers were seen recording the song yesterday afternoon.

The final video will air during during the opening ceremony for the Olympics February 12.


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46.

a fan    

Yes everything does revolve around MJ.
It was supposed to be for starving kids and those kids are still going to be starving in Africa and the US even though there was an earthquake somewhere else.

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47.

Who Cares reads a wonder    

The Management of BEN AND FRIENDS DONATIONS mail to KING OF RATS PO BOX CRYPT 7 RATVILLE CA.

1695 days ago
48.

Lynn    

Sounds wonderful!!! Lots of amazing talent with amazing voices paying tribute to and covering a classic song of hope.

I love it -- and Joe Jonas is looking awfully hot back there behind Celine!

1695 days ago
49.

sunnymaxx    

VERY interesting and important article I copied from the prior board.

AN article that might be interesting.

Former Protégé Vouches for JacksonThursday, April 07, 2005
By Roger Friedman


No matter who testifies next in Michael Jackson's alleged "prior acts" of sexual abuse mini-trial, the prosecution will have to deal with the fact that only one boy will show up to say he was molested many years ago by the pop star.

Now comes Robert Newt, 30, long a "Holy Grail" for The National Enquirer from its investigation into Jackson circa 1993.

Newt and his twin brother Ronald Newt Jr. (now deceased) were aspiring performers and spent two weeks as guests in the Jackson family home in Encino, Calif., around 1985. They were about 11 years old. This all occurred before Neverland was completed. Michael, Janet Jackson and LaToya Jackson were all there, as well as the Jackson parents.

Fast-forward to December 1993. The National Enquirer, desperate to get a scoop that Jackson has abused children, heard that the Newt kids once spent time with Jackson.

The tabloid offered the Newts' father, Ronald Newt Sr., $200,000 to say that something happened between his kids and Jackson.

Newt, a San Francisco "character" and filmmaker whose past includes pimping and jail time, considered the offer.

A contract was drawn up, signed by Enquirer editor David Perel. Enquirer reporter Jim Mitteager, who is also now deceased, met with Newt and his son at the Marriott hotel in downtown San Francisco.

It seemed that all systems were go. But the Newts declined the offer at the last minute.

Ron Newt Sr., to whom $200,000 would have seemed like the world on a silver platter, wrote "No good sucker" where his signature was supposed to go. The reason: Nothing ever happened between Jackson and the Newt boys.
Indeed, no kids, no matter how much money was dangled by the tabloids, ever showed up to trade stories of Jackson malfeasance for big lumps of cash after the first scandal broke in 1993.

"Maybe there aren't any other kids," a current Enquirer editor conceded.

I met Bobby Newt yesterday near the office where he works as a mortgage broker in suburban Los Angeles.

Just as his dad promised me a few days earlier, he's a good-looking kid. He's half black and half Chinese.

Robert and his twin brother were likely very cute kids. They have the same features as other boys advertised as alleged Neverland "victims." But all Bobby Newt remembers of his encounter with Jackson is good times.

And all he remembers about the man from The National Enquirer is that he wanted Bobby, then 18, to lie.

"He said, 'Say he grabbed you on the butt. Say he grabbed you and touched you in any kind of way,'" Newt said. "He told us he took all these people down. Now he was going to take Michael down. That he would really destroy him. He told us he took all these other famous people down.

All the major people that had scandals against them. He said, 'We take these people down. That's what we do.'"

Prior to Bobby's meeting with Mitteager, Bobby's father met with him and brought along an intermediary, San Francisco politician, businessman and fellow jailbird Charlie Walker.

Walker is infamous in San Francisco circles for being "hooked up" to anything interesting cooking on the West Coast.

"My dad said these dudes are offering this money to take Michael Jackson down. And the guy [Mitteager] said, 'Say he touched you. All you have to do is say it. But you might have to take the stand. You might have to go on 'Oprah' in front of all these people. You have to be prepared for this thing. Just say it. And we'll give you money,'" Newt said.

Two pieces of evidence confirm the Newts' story. One is the actual contract proffered by the Enquirer and signed by Perel, who declined to comment for this story.

The contract, written as a letter, says it's an agreement between the tabloid and the Newts for their exclusive story regarding "your relationship with and knowledge of Michael Jackson, and his sexuality, your knowledge of Michael Jackson's sexual contact and attempts at sexual contact with Robert Newt and others."

Mitteager expected them to sign, even though it was completely untrue and there was, in fact, no story.

He knew you were lying, I reminded Bobby Newt.

"Exactly! And he didn't care! He was like, 'Just say it and we'll give you the money.' And I was like, 'He [Jackson] never touched me!" Newt said. "He [Mitteager] was really fishing and really digging. Think about it — most people you say it to, 'We'll give you this money,' even [if it's not true]. And they'd take it."

Bobby Newt recalled more details of the 30-minute meeting with The National Enquirer's reporter:

"He was trying to coach me — if I decided to t

1695 days ago
50.

Who Cares reads a wonder    

A new MICHAEL JACKSON BOOK is out "RAT GHOSTS" dr murray tells of the rats that crawled on MJ that nite.Early that morning they ran like rats.Horror stories in the HOLMBY HOME screaming still echos down the halls even today.

1695 days ago
51.

raLU    

NO OSCAR FOR THIS IS IT????!!!!!!!!!!!!!?!?!!?

1695 days ago
52.

justthinkin    

Don't get me wrong, I think it is great that celebrities get together and raise money for disasters such as Haiti. But we have our own starving people right here in THIS country and they pretty much ignore them.

1695 days ago
53.

MiMi    

"The "coincidence" of the song's 25th Anniversary and the tragedy in Haiti coinciding made for an appropriate time to re-record the famous tune, relayed Quincy Jones. Not only is the sound getting revamped, "We Are the World" is entering a world of technological advancements. It is being recorded in 3D and, using green screen technology, Lionel Richie reveals that "you can put yourself in the 'We Are the World' family."


http://www.etonline.com/news/2010/02/83593/index.html

Quincy is saving perhaps the most touching moment for last. At the request of Katherine Jackson, Maya Angelou penned a poem to be read at the end of the song. Quincy is going to speak to Michael's children about reading that narration."

1695 days ago
54.

LaToyaLove    

Where was La Toya???
Where was La Toya???
Where was La Toya???


The Universal Love of LaToya Jackson
www.latoyalove.com

1695 days ago
55.

ugh    

First of all at the Haiti telethon Reese Witerspoon was answering phones, funny how the telethon made less than 60 million when there are room full of stars who make millions per film. (Let see is it not reported Reese makes 29 per film). To me those actors wanted 'do gooder face time').

The remake...what was Vince Vaughn doing there? Was he there for the free food? Face time. They should have invited M.J.'s kids as they sing as well as Vince.

If the early poster is correct and Lionel Richie owns the royalties...I will not buy it. It was great though to see all the drug users, violent (Kayne~his airport tantrum), rehab addicted, its all about me getting face time stars.

By the way, I gave to the Red Cross serveral times to help those in Haiti. I also recommended to my FB friends that they donate to the Red Cross in honor of the one they love for Valentine's Day.

1695 days ago
56.

Speechless    

This song is part of MJ's legacy and should have been left alone!! We love you most MJ!

1695 days ago
57.

Sky    

Why is it these celebrities always band together to raise money for other countries? How about helping out your own country for a change? You know... give something back to the people who actually buy your records or pay to see your movies. Why is it that celebrities have to run to other countries to adopt children? Are the orphanages in the USA suddenly empty?

Let's all be stupid and send our hard-earned money to Haiti for the corrupt government and drug lords. Why not? Our dumb ass government sends billions of our tax dollars over there each year as it is.



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58.

They were in it for the money    

Did I miss something or are the Jackson brothers Not included in this recording? And if not, why not? I mean, I dont especially want to hear them, but if they are so hard up for exposure, why werent they included? Maybe because nobody wanted them, especially that Jermaine-If they cant control it, they wont participate. Got it.
I think they are just lazy lazy azzes.

1695 days ago
59.

Diane in Minneapolis    

Anyone who believes Michael Jackson was a pedophile is showing their ignorance and the fact that they buy in to all of the selacious stories and reports by people trying to make a buck. He does not fit the psychological profile of a pedophile - look it up. Also, in this age of class action lawsuits against priests - it is more likely than not that all of these so-called "victims" would have come forward in a slam dunk class-action suit against him. They had their chance and no one showed up! Every single claim against MJ has been made by someone who had their hand out for $$. You should be embarrassed to admit that you believe everything you are told. BTW - I have a bridge in New York I'd like to sell you at a very good price. Idiots!

1695 days ago
60.

Z    

This is really gonna suck.
No Steve Perry, no good.

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