Hot Shots: Stars Record We Are The World 2010

Published: Tuesday 2nd Feb 2010 by Sam
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Legendary producer Quincy Jones assembled over 80 artists at in Los Angeles last night to record the 2010 version of ‘We Are The World’ in support of Haiti. The session, which has been spear-headed by Jones and Lionel Richie, who together with the late, great Michael Jackson fronted the original 25 years ago, was recorded at the Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood – the same place the 1985 version was recorded in. Look out for the track’s debut during the Winter Olympics later this month.

Stars who recorded during the session for the new version included:

Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Kanye West, Celine Dion, Lil Wayne, Barbra Strisand, Wyclef, Pink, Gladys Knight, Justin Bieber Akon, Snoop Dogg, Mya, Brandy, Robin Thicke, Tyrese, Trey Songz, Jamie Foxx, Toni Braxton, Kid Cudi, LL Cool J, Keri Hilson, will.i.am, Nicole Scherzinger, among others.

Interestingly, though Michael Jackson’s original vocals will not feature, the Jackson family will have a presence on the track; with Janet Jackson confirmed to record and submit her vocals remotely, and some members of Jackson trio 3T also present during the session.

Tidbits: It’s also been reported that Lady GaGa will be featuring on the track in some capacity. Like most, though, I am wondering where Beyonce is…

In any case, check  whole lot of pics from the session after the jump…

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  1. LEA February 2, 2010

    I could careless if Beyonce is on the track or not, They don’t need her for it to be a success..

  2. ☆ Lola A♏ ★ February 2, 2010

    Beyonce is in Brazil…well, her band has been tweeting that’s where they are. Hopefully she will submit vocals remotely too.

  3. JEz February 2, 2010

    All I gotta say is… Justin Bieber?

  4. February 2, 2010

    LL is still fine as a MF

    i would hate on lil wayne being there, but his tribute to katrina was fantastic, so i’m sure he’ll reign in the crazy for the occasion

  5. Steffon February 2, 2010

    Can’t wait to hear it. Brandy looks great! Hopefully she got a solo.

  6. Erica24 February 2, 2010

    LMAO @ …

    This is great, Michael would have loved it!

  7. B Rad February 2, 2010

    why are non-singers on the track (LL, Lil Wayne, Fonzworth Bentley, etc)???

  8. i’m right & you’re wrong February 2, 2010

    @ B Rad

    I agree it should be singers only

  9. rickky February 2, 2010

    I wish Kelly Rowland was apart of this

  10. blasian February 2, 2010

    No Beyonce is in New York I’m going to see her at Macy’s 2mmorow

  11. Malibongwe February 2, 2010

    I don’t have a lot to say but judging by the pictures they really enjoyed each others’ company and I hope this track yields the intended benefit.

  12. MushyLove_1992 February 2, 2010

    I’m sure MJ is looking down from heaven smiling. I love this!

  13. Ummm February 2, 2010

    If this isn’t the most random selection of people….

    I don’t think the first track featured “singers only” so I don’t have issue with that…

    It’s just an interesting mix of people though lol

  14. Rihanna Flop February 2, 2010

    AWWWWW!!!! this is too sweet
    beyonce is a busy woman, wish she was there too tho
    someone who wins 6 grammys in one night would have definitely put a lil special something on this song.
    and God Bless MJ

  15. meechy05 February 2, 2010

    Where is Kelly? Of all people

  16. kristi February 2, 2010

    I’m glad Melanie Fiona gets to be a part of this.

  17. BrandynMonicaStan February 2, 2010

    Beyonce’ doesn’t have to be on everything ! We get enoguh of her overrated ass as it is !! Bring in on STANS (LOL)!!!

  18. Rihanna Flop February 2, 2010

    I adore Melanie Fiona
    she’s got some killer pipes

  19. Brandon (Toronto) February 2, 2010

    Missing artists:

    Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Rob Thomas, Robbie Williams, Cyndi Lauper, Kelly Rowland and Gwen Stefani.

    Oh yeah and ….Smokey

  20. Denny February 2, 2010

    That is an interesting line-up of artist, however, I’m shocked Kelly Rowland isn’t apart of this as well. I hope that Brandy does have a few lines and not just in the background. Can’t wait to hear how this turns out.

  21. DizzyGuy1985 February 2, 2010

    I know Chris Brown is beating himself up about not being apart of this….lol.

    But Nicole S…she can’t sing.

    Love everyone else.

  22. Aryo February 2, 2010

    @dizzyguy
    oh c’mon
    Nicole scherzinger is so cute!! how can U hate her??
    she is one of the most succesful singers at the moment.

  23. Ms. CLaY February 2, 2010

    WHO MADE THE FACT THAT “WE ARE THE WORLD” SHOULD BE JUST “SINGERS”? IT’S NOT ABOUT THAT! IT’S ABOUT ARTISTS GIVING BACK PERIOD. THAT WOULDN’T BE RIGHT IF ALL “RAPPERS” DID A SONG. QUINCY JONES PROBABLY WOULDN’T TELL SOMEONE IF THEY RAP YOU CAN’T BE ON THE SONG. I THINK IT’S GOOD THAT MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY CAN COME TOGETHER FOR A GOOD CAUSE. THE RAPPERS ARE THE PEOPLE I’M MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO ON THE SONG. LIL WAYNE (OF COURSE), KANYE WEST, AND LL. BUT I’M ALSO LOOKING FORWARD TO PINK AND BRANDY.

  24. MushyLove_1992 February 2, 2010

    @DizzyGuy

    I was thinking the same thing. Chris has every right to be apart of any MJ tribute.

    @Aryo

    LMAO! I’m hope your joking.

  25. Me February 2, 2010

    “F “a Beyonce, where is Kelly Rowland? She was one of Micheals favorites. He even had a crush on her. It’s true. He said it himself; and seeing that her BFF Brandy is making an appearance you would think that Kelly would jump at the opportunity to do something like this( Oh, I forgot, Kelly likes to sit back and wait for people to “call her” with opportunities. She doesn’t pounce on them like her gal pal Beyonce. If she did maybe she’d have won 6 grammys for her solo work instead of having to share 1 for a collaborative effort. I love the girl but she is NOT as agressive as I’d like her to be. Anyway, enough of my personal rant, back to the post at hand.) I know Kelly is buisy putting it down in the studio and creating what I believe will be the biggest promo campaign she’s ever had but this is musical history we’re talking about, not to mention a philanthropic tribute(It’s not every day you see stars coming together to benefit someone other than themselves; unless ofcourse it’s U2).
    She should put whatever she’s doing on hold to MAKE herself apart of this.

  26. misty February 2, 2010

    So Brandy in and Kelly out? That’s odd…should b the other way around but anyhoo…Bey don’t have to be there look at all these people damn! Y aint nobody mentioning MARIAH CAREY, WHITNEY, RHIANNA, etc…hell even Justin Bieber there lmao.

  27. 12345 February 2, 2010

    ROFL, what a random list, where is Mariah? This sucks, Whitney? The only ones that make any justice in that song are Jennifer Hudson, Wycleaf, Pink, Gladys Knight and Toni Braxton, where is Madonna, Justin? Why rappers in there omg

  28. ANON February 2, 2010

    IF MJ WERE ALIVE THIS S*** WOULDNT BE DONE!! IF PRESSED HE WOULD AT LEAST WRITE A TOTAL NEW TRACK WITH RICHIE AND JONES.

  29. Alex February 2, 2010

    watch all the talented artists not get solo parts while the teeny bopers do

  30. MT February 2, 2010

    I know I did NOT just see Vince Vaughn up there in the first picture. WTF!
    Hey… it’s for a cause, right? As long as he stay in the chorus with everyone else….

  31. Mike Mike February 2, 2010

    @ Misty…. don’t go hating on BRANDY becuz KELLY wasn’t apart of it! They got who they all wanted. It would have been nice to see her there tho, but don’t throw BRANDY under the bus. GOOD LOOK BRANDY

  32. Janet is all they need! February 2, 2010

    I’m just glad Queen Janet is singing her big bro’s parts. The rest of them heffas yall mentioning can stay at the house. And yes, before haters take it there – Janet CAN sing. Just cuz she don’t scream like her weave is on fire on every track (Beyonce!) doesn’t mean she can’t sing.

  33. Cyimo February 2, 2010

    Where is Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Beyonce and Chris Brown………….just asking

  34. Kyus93 February 2, 2010

    I can’t wait to hear Nicole’s vocals on it. She’d better get her own line!

  35. Jolie February 2, 2010

    @aryo…nicole successful?,,as part of pcd yes..without pcd,umm no……b**** must have thought she was goin to be the next Beyonce………………and @lea..nobody said they need B for it to be a success,Sam was jsut wondering why she isnt there basing on the fact tht she is one of the most successful singers of our time..who knws,maybe she wl do like during the haiti telethon and make a last minute appearance….plus i think they shud have featured sum of the original artists who are still around

  36. rightround(U.S.A pride!- help HAITI!) February 2, 2010

    Ciara, Beyonce, MAriah, A.Keys, Rihanna….?? no?

  37. rightround(U.S.A pride!- help HAITI!) February 2, 2010

    Whitney, Kelly, Kelly clarkson, Carrie, not even Katy Perry… none of them?!? yeah this list is VERY RANDOM :/

  38. It’s Me Again February 2, 2010

    Where’s Rihanna?

  39. It’s Me Again February 2, 2010

    btw…

    MICHAEL JACKSON B******!!! 🙂

  40. clevon timms February 2, 2010

    these are NOT the biggest stars.. hope the song sells bc it seems to be more ACTORS and RAPPER than singers!!!!!!!……. oooo gosh barbara str, celiene, braxton and glady’s got they work cut out for them… at least its for a good cause (kanye shrug).. and OOOO GOSH at two american idol alum.. GO AWAY jhud LOUD is not fit for a soft song w/ tech

  41. monique February 2, 2010

    this is complete b.s where was QUINCY and EVERYBODY else when KATRINA happened….why remake this song, why not have a new song…dumb f!cking idiots i tell ya!!

  42. RANDOM February 2, 2010

    beyonce who ??? 😀

  43. G.U.S February 2, 2010

    Beyonce lady gaga and mariah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Too

  44. StayAfro February 2, 2010

    YES Brandy gets to prove that she is human once again. Hope she gets some decent lines.. does ne one remember how she killed ‘wake up everybody’ she murdered that.

  45. Fiona February 2, 2010

    I’m happy with the list it’s a beautiful thing to see all these stars coming together and doing this for Haiti!! Glad Janet is doing her big bro’s part no other artist can do his part justice!!! It doesn’t always have to be the same artist doing charity songs for all of you who keep saying Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and the list goes on they are talented, but so are others in this song!!! Michael would have loved this he had love for all artist!!!

  46. Symone February 2, 2010

    I’m just trying to figure out why some of you seem to love the fact that Beyonce is not there as if it’s an issue for Beyonce. It’s time for many of you to get over your jealousy for Beyonce .I sense that many of you who are jealous of Beyonce hate her for other reasons besides her singing and it has to do with her skin tone unfortunately….

    As far as Kelly Rowland,she has no business there because she CAN’T sing especially LIVE!

    I agree with some of you that Chris Brown should be in the song but since he’s not,I’m glad that the organizers made sure that his non singing ex was left out of the mix….Anyway Chris is practicing for The Haitian Relief concert set for Friday……..

  47. Randy February 2, 2010

    Obviously Bieber Boober Barber is just ther to catch the younger, more ignorant to true talent, generation = young girls. Plus he wouldn’t be there if Usher wasn’t, guess it’s just some limelight for him before he hopefully disappears with all the other crappy teenage acts. I still don’t know why they need so many people on here, just like on “Everybody Hurts” remake… and rappers…hmmmm. Just saying.

  48. Lucy February 2, 2010

    This will be a beautiful tribute and let’s not make this about Beyonce we all know she is a busy woman so she might not be a part of this!!! The song is going to be amazing with or with out her stop making everything about her!!! Now if she does later on join the line up then hey good for her, but the song is not even about the artist it’s about Haiti so really it doesn’t matter whose on the song unless some of these artist only do these charity songs to make themselves look good and to be in the limelight, but I don’t think that is the reason why they do these types of songs so let’s just show love and stop hating ok!!!!!!

  49. Kimmy February 2, 2010

    Janet Jackson can’t sing. Why can’t they just leave this alone. That Jackson family is shady for real, always looking for a buck. Janet included in that shady biz.

  50. HA February 2, 2010

    IM SURE BEYONCE IS NOT ON THE TRACK BECAUSE SHE WOULD HAVE A LEAD PART AND PEOPLE WOULD BE MAS AS USUAL SO SHE DECIDED TO TAKE A FLIGHT TO BRAZIL AND DO A SOLD OUT CONCERT INSTEAD 🙂

  51. Jude February 2, 2010

    Beyonce is talented yes, but as of right now she is not part of the song do yaw see her name mention anywhere? NO so why bring her up fans and haters can’t there be one post where Beyonce is not mentioned ESPECIALLY when it has nothing to do with her!!! I think the tribute will be good point blank!!! And for all of yaw that’s complaining why don’t yaw remake the damn song seriously!! BTW yaw need to stop hating PERIOD!!!

  52. Dilla February 2, 2010

    I’m not so enthused about this.

  53. E11 February 2, 2010

    mya over kelly rowland? wtf

    i’m hoping beyonce will not be on this tomfolary single. its just anyone random and they momma on this track.

    Vince Vaugh? The guy that carries diddy’s umbrella? Justin Beiber?

    Its for a gd cause, so i’ll stop now. just one more thing, wudnt it be better for these (and i use this term loosely) Celebs to donate and make money, rather than just say a few lines on a song,,, spend money on a video etc etc… i see all these expenses!

  54. Justin February 2, 2010

    Whitney was the one I expected of all people to be in this tribute since she & Mj were close…and she’ll tear the ceiling apart lol
    http://myfxquest.com forex account</a ?

  55. Alisha February 2, 2010

    It’s a song for charity it shouldn’t even matter whose on the song!! Getting all mad cause yaw favorites ain’t on the song boo hoo!!! And a lot of these artiat that are apart of this song did donate to charity!!! And sometimes certain songs are made to raise money for charity!!!

  56. Alisha February 2, 2010

    I mean for real there are a lot of artist I like too that aren’t on this song, but I’m not going to whine about it I’m just happy that there are actually some celebrities out there who care and I think it’s nice their doing this for Haiti!!!

  57. Roxanne February 2, 2010

    I think this is a good line up they have Veterans, Legends and rookies!!! I’m happy that they didn’t just have whoever’s hot at the moment in this song it’s nice that all stars can come together to make a classic!!! Although it will never beat the classic I still think it’s wonderful!!! And all you people are criticizing it before yaw even heard the song!! Ok so your favorites aren’t included, but I think this is going to turn out to be a great collaboration!!! I mean Celion Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Jordan Sparks, Natalie, Mary J. Blige, Pink, Mya sounds like a good line up to me I have love for all of these artist..well not so sure about Miley Cyrus, but anyways great collaboration!!! That’s just my opinion!!!

  58. Support jordin February 2, 2010

    Why the f*** will anybody think a janet jackson involvement is cynical . She is the best person to do his part. And dont forget their voices are somewhat similiar

  59. MS.CLAY February 2, 2010

    @ JUDE

    ACTUALLY BEYONCE’S NAME WAS MENTIONED IN THE POST

  60. Jude February 2, 2010

    @MS.CLAY
    I know the person who wrote this article brought her up first, but that doesn’t mean the haters and fans should start a fight of whether Beyonce should be in this song or not!!! She is busy touring I’m pretty sure she is not stressing over being a part of this song why should we!!!

  61. Jamie February 3, 2010

    This song should never be remade, and I don’t even understand why they are doing this especially when Michael played a pivotal role in this song. FAIL big time!!!!!

  62. Jamie February 3, 2010

    LOVE YOU KELLY ROWLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  63. MJfan February 3, 2010

    Maybe Kelly is busy right now, or feel like most people that the Original shouldn’t be tampered with. I wonder if they will have Jamie Foxx imitate Ray Charles for the song as well?

    And yes, Kelly Rowland was Michael’s crush, but I don’t think that she would do that song for that reason alone, although I would to acknowledge he was crushing on me, lol. She had the baddest man in the history of Entertainment crushing on her, and people say she needs to do more. More of what? You can’t get any higher as far as compliments. How funny that MJ was crushin on the lesser known Destiny Child member? But she does have the same complexion, height, and is naturally beautiful like his all time love Diana Ross. And MJ said he was attracted to women with class. Kelly seems pretty classy to me. MJ did love chocolate, his chef, Kelly Rowland. Good taste.

  64. MJfan February 3, 2010

    Whitney and MJ were very close, she did a tribute song for him at a concert. And talk about him briefly on Oprah. Whitney has never capitalized on his friendship and that is the most precious thing , she could give him.

  65. KayB33 February 3, 2010

    Rihanna’s on the song she just wasn’t present in the video because she had a photoshoot or some other event. She recorded her vocals and sent them in… I think

  66. troy February 3, 2010

    THERE WERE NON SINGERS ON THE ORIGINAL VERSION FROM 1985. DAN AKROYD, AN ACTOR AND COMEDIAN, WAS AMONG THEM. JUST BECAUSE YOU ACT, DOES NOT MEAN YOU CAN’T SING. JANET JACKSON,EDDIE MURPHY, BRUCE WILLIS, JAMIE FOXX, BRANDY ALL HAD SUCCESSFUL RECORDING C\AREERS AFTER ESTABLISHING THEMSELVES AS ACTORS FIRST.

  67. Shuji February 3, 2010

    Lord…I swear some of you are so retarded. If you stan for a person…can’t you do that without hating on other talented singers? Anyways…i’m glad Brandy is a part of this and I can’t wait to hear it. And yes…how quickly people forget how she MURDERED her vocals on Wake Up Everybody. Don’t knock Brandy…just because you don’t know it doesn’t mean she doesn’t have supreme talent. Love ya B-Rocka.

  68. Aryo February 3, 2010

    @Jolie
    Why did U just called my fav singer a b****???
    I know she is more succesful with PCD but she isn’t that pathetic on her own.
    @mushylove
    U maniac
    U gotta accept the truth
    and I know she hasn’t become as succesful as B, but she is one of the most famous n rich celeb

  69. Aryo February 3, 2010

    SRY
    I meant CELEBS

  70. me February 3, 2010

    I really mis some peoples: I mean come on….even if you hate them, they just gotta be there: Madonna, Beyonce, Rihanna, Justin, Kanye. And the of course Mariah, Whitney, kelly clarkson., Taylor Swift.
    I mean who the F is Fonsworth Bentley to be in the song. hahhhhaha

  71. Mina February 3, 2010

    @Shuji
    I agree with everything you just said just because certain artist aren’t a part of this song doesn’t mean it’s going to suck!!! There is no rule that charity songs must have the same artist singing on them or only have celebrities who are hot at the moment on them!!! Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Mariah, etc aren’t the only ones that care for the world!!! GET OVER IT!!! Maybe their schedule won’t allow them to be a part of the song!!! I think this will be an amazing tribute finally a song with all kinds of celebs on it not just A-listers!!! BTW there will be plenty of other charity songs yaw favorites can be a part of it’s not the end of the world!!! And stop saying people hate just because some people actually appreciate the fact that many singers and actors are coming together for Haiti does not mean they are hating on yaw favorites who aren’t apart of the song!!! Why don’t yaw stop hating on every singer that is apart of this song!!!

  72. Aryo February 3, 2010

    @ME
    What the F*** is PEOPLS?
    and Ur comment sounds strange

  73. RANDOM February 3, 2010

    chris brown’s only right is to be under the f****** jail .

    what about OMARION,TREY SONG even DRAKE dont they have the ”right” too.

  74. Me February 3, 2010

    I’m going to have to change my alias because I just realised someone else here is posting as ME and I don’t want us to be mistaken for one another. I’m the ME that can intelligently articulate a point as well as spell my words and structure my sentences. I’m also the one who loves me some Kelly Rowland and could care less about Beyonce. My new alias will be “Independent Thinker” This is the new ME.

  75. Mina February 3, 2010

    Umm yaw do realize that some of the people yaw named are apart of the song right? Kanye, Trey Song, and Rihanna!!

  76. Anne February 3, 2010

    Where is Alicia Keys or Mary J. Blige?

  77. Anne February 3, 2010

    I think Beyonce is great but why is she the only person to wonder about when there are so many absent well known singers? Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Mary J., Madonna–all 4 did the Haiti telethon but don’t appear to be participating in this. Guess they can’t do everything. Anyway, I think there are enough heavyweights in that room to get the job done at the same level as the original or close.

  78. GLAD BEYONCE IS NOT ON THE TRACK February 3, 2010

    THANK GOD BEYONCE’S VOICE STRAINING ASS AINT ON THE TRACK TO F*** IT UP

    they are people in the industry that can sing way better than her

  79. Aryo February 4, 2010

    @ glad beyonce is not on the track
    Ur right
    If bey was going to be on tha track, I wouldn’t give a s*** to listen to it

  80. kkkaaall February 6, 2010

    where are all the good singers like rhianna , madonna, justin timberlake, christina aguilera?! they should all b in it!! not justin bieber (of all people they picked him) & the jonas brothers! im hoping they are saving the real talent for later recording.

  81. Dmac89 February 11, 2010

    Why Does Beyonce Have To Be in Every discussion?? A normal beyonce fan might quote “She the B**** in the Game At the top”. There are way better singers then Ms.Carter Who Can’t sit at home for Five Mins and have a Marriage and A child be Part of a family and not this super hero with A Body Suit in Every pic, video,Concert etc. I guess she wanna be remember as The Chick that was always In A Body Suit Showing her body off even as A wife its wrong. ugh. Besides that Brandy and Everyone else Look Like they had a ball.

  82. DP February 16, 2010

    WHERE ON EARTH IS BEYONCE AND MARIAH CAREY??? THESE WOMEN ARE LIVING LEGENDS AND SHOULD BE FEATURED HERE!

  83. jinzien February 28, 2010

    duh…there are still a lot of artist that wasn’t included in the recording, maybe some had been invited and weren’t present, but other artist like rihanna, kelly, mariah, and whitney were not invited and i’m pretty sure they would love to take a part in it…..
    i think those who were not included be better do their own version of we are the world and i’m pretty sure it would be much greater because those who were not there are great artist that can give justice to the song than some who were there….

  84. BeeFaan March 1, 2010

    Gosh..why are u all jealous of Beyonce??
    I mean shes a Wonderful singer and she have a Wonderful Face like most of them in the clip!
    This isnt a Competition like : uuh Jennifer vs. Beyonce and Usher vs. Jamie Foxx and all of that stuff.
    i really dont get it why people want to see good looking singers to die!

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