Earlier today we reported that Simon Cowell is helming a Band Aid-style charity single for victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Not to be outdone, Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie will leap into action to rerecord “We Are the World” to mark the 25th anniversary of the record, with all proceeds set to go to Haiti. Clearly, Haiti is the Ethiopia of the ‘10s.
The recording will take place on Feb. 1 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, where Jones and Richie will snag plenty of talent from the Grammys to help deliver the song. Artists including Usher, John Legend and Natalie Cole are set to be included on the recording, but expect plenty of other big names to be added.
“We Are the Word” celebrations were already set for this year, but the Haiti disaster has altered the plans somewhat, and the original day set for the commemoration (Jan. 28) has now been disregarded. Wyclef Jean, Sting, Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys are further names mooted as participants in the 2010 “We Are the World” project.