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We Are the World

This article is about the original 1985 song. See [We Are the World 25 for Haiti] for the 2010 celebrity remake and [We Are The World 25 for Haiti (YouTube Edition)] for the 2010 YouTube collaboration.

" 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] , and co-produced by [Quincy Jones] and [Michael Omartian] for the album [We Are the World] . 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. Following several months of working together, the duo completed the writing of "We Are the World" one night before the song's first recording session, in early 1985. The last recording session for the song was held on February 28, 1985. The historic event brought together some of the most famous artists in the music industry at the time.

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