I spend a lot of time with my songs. I want to make them perfect... really good. Each time I write a song, I think to myself that this has to be a Top Ten record. I have more trouble with the lyrics than the music.
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Recorded on February 1st, 2010, in the same studio as the original 25 years earlier (Henson Recording Studios, formerly A&M Recording Studios) "We Are The World 25 For Haiti", in which Jones and Richie serve as executive producers and producers, was created in collaboration with executive producers Wyclef Jean, Randy Phillips and Peter Tortorici, producers Humberto Gattica and RedOne and co-producers Rickey Minor, Mervyn Warren and Patti Austin to benefit the Haitian earthquake relief efforts and the rebuilding of Haiti.
Academy Award-winning writer-director Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), filmed the private recording session to create the accompanying video. The 25th Anniversary recording features over 80 artists and performers.
Instead of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, the 2010 version is headlined by Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Wyclef Jean, Josh Groban and Will.I.Am.
Among the rap artists making the cut for "We Are the World - 25 for Haiti" are T-Pain, Kanye West, Bizzy Bone, Kid Cudi, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, Drake, Mann, Nipsey Hussle, Busta Rhymes and Swizz Beatz.
There were the classic artists including Barbra Streisand, Carlos Santana, Natalie Cole, BeBe Winans, the members of Heart: Freda Payne, Harry Connick Jr., Earth, Wind & Fire, The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, Tony Bennett, "Slumdog Millionaire" film score composer A.R. Rahman, "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson, Patti Austin, Celine Dion and Gladys Knight.
A few actors were in the studio (Jeff Bridges and Vince Vaughn), as well as co-producers Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones, Nicole Richie and "Parks and Recreation" star Rashida Jones, and the members of 3T (Taj, Taryll and TJ Jackson).
Joel and Benji Madden were on hand, as were Akon, Brandy, Melanie Fiona, Mya, Musiq Soulchild, Katharine McPhee, Trey Songz, Faith Evans, "Heroes" actor Jimmy Jean-Louis and former Michael Jackson guitarist Orianthi, members of Sugarland, Jennifer Hudson, Jason Mraz, Mary Mary, Tyrese Gibson, Raphael Saadiq, Pink, Jordin Sparks, Rob Thomas, Usher, the Fray's Isaac Slade, Enrique Iglesias, Robin Thicke, Jamie Foxx, Maroon 5's Adam Levine, the Jonas Brothers, Nicole Scherzinger and Julianne Hough.
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