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We Are the World

Music by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie

Originally Performed by Michael Jackson

"We Are the World" is a song and charity single originally recorded by the supergroup USA for Africa in 1985. It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie (with arrangements by Michael Omartian) and produced by Quincy Jones and Willie Collins for the album We Are the World. With sales in excess of 20 million copies, it is one of the fewer than 30 all-time singles to have sold at least 10 million copies worldwide.

Following Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" project in the UK, an idea for the creation of an American benefit single for African famine relief came from activist Harry Belafonte, who, along with fundraiser Ken Kragen, was instrumental in bringing the vision to reality. Several musicians were contacted by the pair, before Jackson and Richie were assigned the task of writing the song. The duo completed the writing of "We Are the World" seven weeks after the release of "Do They Know It's Christmas?", and one night before the song's first recording session, on January 21, 1985. The historic event brought together some of the most famous artists in the music industry at the time.

    Release Date: 1985
Awards
1986 - Grammy Winner - Record of the Year
1986 - Grammy Winner - Song Of The Year


Lionel Richie : Lionel Richie Anthology : Solo : Songbook : 073999076752 : 0634081608 : 00306630

Lionel Richie : Lionel Richie Anthology

27 songs from this Grammy-winning platinum-selling singer/songwriter superstar, including: All Night Long (All Night) - Ballerina Girl - Dancing on the Ceiling - Do It to Me - Easy - Endless Love - Hello - Lady - My Love - Penny Lover - Running with the Night - Three Times a Lady - Truly - We Are the World - and more.

Songlist: Hello, All Night Long (All Night), Easy, Sail On, Still, Stuck On You, You Are, Lady, My Love, Ballerina Girl, Heroes, Dancing On The Ceiling, Endless Love, Oh No, Penny Lover, Running With The Night, Say You, Say Me, Sela, Three Times A Lady, Truly, We Are The World, Do It To Me, Just To Be Close To You, Fancy Dancer, Brick House, Deep River Woman, Love Will Conquer All

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Lionel Richie | 40205b | Songbook | $19.95 | PVG

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