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We Are The World (song by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie) - Soloist (second last) is not Ray Charles but Stevie Wonder.

Wonder is already listed toward the beginning of the list, so doesn't need to get re-added later on. Pyrrhus16 17:08, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

Somos El Mundo[edit]

A spanish version of the song was released today, also to aid Haiti. It follows pretty much the same premise as the english version, with popular Latin artists featured in the song. I feel someone should add this, either as a new section of the article, or as part of the "We Are The World 25 For Haiti" section. --98.149.214.120 (talk) 01:04, 3 March 2010 (UTC)

We Are the World: The Next Generation[edit]

It seems a new version of this song was recorded. http://urbanbridgez.com/ubgblog/2010/03/01/youth-version-remake-of-we-are-the-world/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1TZ9giKgXo Should an article be created about this song or just a mention of it here on the We Are the World page? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 204.167.92.26 (talk) 00:39, 4 March 2010 (UTC)

we are the world[edit]

we are the world is 20 years old at the year 2010 but the song we are the world haiti 25 is new the all i like that song because they got all of the singers and renew the song

                          this is for people who live in pennsauken nj:
                        the pennsuken intermedate school the 5th grade of 2010  music
                      consert there are singing we are the world in may 2010 if u go to 
                     the school they'll tell u the correct date it is the night concert
                   if u miss the show check on youtube and they are going to be on tv cannel
                   19  —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.168.243.253 (talk) 22:28, 29 March 2010 (UTC) 

Which "related" songs and videos should be included in article for 1985 original[edit]

Referring to previous comments for "Somos El Mundo" and for "...The Next Generation," and for Pyrrhus16's 1 April 2010 revert/removal of description of We Are The World 25 for Haiti (YouTube Edition): The general principle is that a song's or video's notability should govern whether a new article is generated (or whether it is mentioned in an existing article). More specifically, notable covers may be mentioned in the article of the song or video of which it is a cover. I think it might be good for someone to research notability of "Somos El Mundo" and "...The Next Generation" for possible inclusion in a new "Remakes and Covers" section that would be a renamed version of the current "25 for Haiti" section. (Just an idea.) RCraig09 (talk) 13:36, 1 April 2010 (UTC)

Despite its name, We Are The World 25 for Haiti (YouTube Edition) is musically a closer cover of the 1985 original We Are the World than of the 2010 celebrity remake We Are the World 25 for Haiti because the YouTube version excludes the celebrity remake's rap segment and makes minimal use of Auto-tune. Accordingly, I think mention of the 2010 YouTube version should be re-introduced (unreverted) here, in the "25 for Haiti" section in the present article. I see Pyrrhus16's point (in his/her edit summary "undo, cover of a remake should be kept in the remake article"). However, substantively, the YouTube version is as properly a remake of this 1985 original as the 2010 celebrity remake that continues to merit its own section in the present (1985) article. Pyrrhus16 if you see this comment, please respond below. Thanks. RCraig09 (talk) 13:36, 1 April 2010 (UTC)

I added descriptions for the 2010 YouTube remake and Somos El Mundo. The YouTube version has the same lyrics as the 1985 original and is therefore a cover of it, despite its being a "video response" to the 2010 celebrity Haiti remake. To Pyrrhus16: you did not respond to my April 2, 2010 note on your UserTalk page (it has since been put in your Archive #8). Discussion is welcome here. Also, I again suggest someone form a more comprehensive "Remarks and Covers" section as I mentioned above on April 1, 2010--on the theory that remakes are legacies of this 1985 original. RCraig09 (talk) 04:53, 26 May 2010 (UTC)

I believe that Jeffrey Osborne should be listed as a soloist[edit]

A few months back I added Jeffrey Osborne to the list of soloists and removed him from the chorus, based on visual evidence of Osborne soloing at the 6:12 mark of the song. It was subsequently changed back by another contributor, stating that "Other sources list him in the chorus only & he doesn't appear to solo on the video." Well, other sources can be wrong, and I would argue that they ARE, because he very clearly solos on the video (and in the audio, if you recognize his voice), starting at the 6:12 mark. I believe that Osborne should be credited appropriately, but am loath to edit it again if my view is not the consensus one. Crafty is as Crafty does (talk) 19:58, 17 November 2010 (UTC)Crafty

Bob Geldof calls his own song one of "the worst songs in history"[edit]

www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sir-bob-geldofs-tacky-curse-of-christmas/story-e6freuy9-1225961709521

(Below this point was an unsigned, verbatim transcription of the linked content. I have erased it, as it severely - and maybe purposely - damages this page code. Leaving the link. XKuei (talk) 00:42, 27 June 2011 (UTC))

Breaking Singles Chronology[edit]

Hello everyone. Just letting you guys know that this article is currently breaking Michael Jackson's singles chronology, as you navigate from I Just Can't Stop Loving You. As strange as it would seem, my suggestion would be removing it from the singer's chronology, for it was officially released as a "USA For Africa" song, not his. Thank you. XKuei (talk) 00:35, 27 June 2011 (UTC)

Garry Trudeau / Doonesbury info - how to add?[edit]

Despite many years' experience in editing Wikipedia, I occasionally find I want to add something to an article but can't figure out where it fits. Could someone else put this information into the article at an appropriate spot? In some ways it pertains to the recording, and in other ways, to the media/reception.

Cartoonist Garry Trudeau was invited to witness the recording, did so, and published several cartoons in his Doonesbury strip, eventually creating a book titled Check Your Egos At the Door (named for the instruction given to the artists by Quincy Jones). Trudeau, his book-publishing company, and his syndicating company all agreed to distribute their shares of the profits to USA for Africa. Many details are covered in this 1985 Orlando Sentinel article:

Diane Hubbard Burns. "'Doonesbury' recruits cartoonists for war on hunger," Orlando Sentinel, November 5, 1985.

The article also mentions the fact that the Doonesbury series showed fictitious rock star Jimmy Thudpucker contributing to the song — though discovering the large number of participants meant there was only time for him to sing one word, "the" — and discusses a follow-up effort to have cartoonists across the United States contribute hunger-themed panels on the country's Thanksgiving Day. Thanks! Lawikitejana (talk) 12:41, 16 December 2011 (UTC)

Long At Number One On American Chart[edit]

Does nobody know how long this song was at number one on the US Billboard pop chart? Nowhere in the article does it say, and that's a statistic that shouldn't be left out of the article. It says something about it stayed at number one for a month on some other chart, but what about the main pop chart? Imagine my surprise when I came here looking for the answer and it was nowhere in the article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:1011:B024:9FD5:1D7E:5BEC:62D5:3CD4 (talk) 21:39, 12 August 2012 (UTC) It was number 1 on the US BillBoard chart for 4 weeks — Preceding unsigned comment added by 208.93.81.189 (talk) 12:28, 31 October 2014 (UTC)

"all-time singles"[edit]

What's an "all-time single" as opposed to another kind?--Wetman (talk) 03:28, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

"Michael Omartian co-producer"[edit]

Michael Omartian did not co-produce this song, despite claims from other sources. The credits on this record do not name him as producer or co-producer. Rather he was an arranger and keyboardist. His website even says "arranger, keys".

June Pointer[edit]

I'm deleting June Pointer from the Chorus listing as per Ruth Pointer's account in her bio Still So Excited! which states that of the Pointer Sisters only Ruth & Anita sang on "We Are the World": Ruth's account is corroborated by the group shot on the record sleeve - file link below - in which of the three members of the Pointer Sisters only Anita & Ruth appear--Cherrylimerickey (talk) 00:25, 5 February 2016 (UTC) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Are_the_World_%28album%29#/media/File:Wearetheworldsingle.jpg

@Mlpearc: I'm not 100% clear on this template: if you haven't yet seen it please check my entry at User talk:Mlpearc --Cherrylimerickey (talk) 01:57, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

I'm puzzled: my entry at User talk:Mlpearc has evidently been archived without any response from the user. As I explained in that entry: I verified June's absence from the record sleeve photo from a larger image file: http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/7600000/We-Are-The-World-michael-jackson-7644288-1592-1072.jpg - but under any circumstances the photo is not my basis for deleting June's name from the chorus: I simply cited the photo as corroboration for what Ruth Pointer states in her autobiography Still So Excited!: my life as a Pointer Sister: here is the relevant passage -

As for Bill Whitmore, June's husband/manager, he embarrassed us by causing a scene because, as a nonsinger, he wasn't allowed inside the studio to begin with. Others such as Jane Fonda, Ali MacGaw, and Dick Clark all patiently watched on a TV monitor in another room. But that wasn't good enough for Bill. His response was that if he didn't go in neither did June. Nobody else was allowed to bring family or handler inside, and damned if Anita or I were going to argue that an exception be made for Wild Bill. So away he marched with June

As I mentioned in my entry at User talk:Mlpearc I'm prepared to integrate this info into the article rather than just delete June's name. I'm holding off for now to allow for any commentary: if there is none then hopefully there'll be no objections after the fact --Cherrylimerickey (talk) 21:55, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

The response I solicited from the party who reverted my edit was: I have no interest in discussing this. Happy editing, Mlpearc. Presumably then no objection will be raised when I have followed through on my stated intent to edit this article in accordance with the account given by Ruth Pointer in her autobiography. My plan is to list The Pointer Sisters as chorus members under the group name which is how they are credited on the both the "We Are the World" 7" and 12" singles, and also on the We Are the World album. I will then add the details as provided by Ruth Pointer in her autobiography as quoted above: this info will be in a codicil whose exact format I have yet to work out. --Cherrylimerickey (talk) 02:18, 6 February 2016 (UTC)

Have followed through with my stated and uncontested intent to update this article factoring in Ruth Pointer's statement re the non-involvement of June Pointer in the recording of "We Are The World". I've converted the USA for Africa musicians section from List format to Table format, and have noted Ruth Pointer's allegation below the listing of the Pointer Sisters in the Chorus column, with Ruth Pointer's quote in a collapsible table. --Cherrylimerickey (talk) 04:09, 6 February 2016 (UTC)

No, no, no. You need to re-read the Ruth Pointer biography and then investigate this way more thoroughly -- in her autobiography, Ruth says Bill Whitmore took June Pointer from the recording sessions WHEN SOLOISTS WERE BEING CHOSEN. She never says June did not did not sing on "We Are The World." You are making an assumption that June Pointer did not sing on the CHORUS. She did -- the proof, quite simply, is THE VIDEO. Just watch it and you'll see June Pointer, in the front row, singing between Sheila E. and Marlon Jackson. --User:mantrajny 4 June 2016

Merger proposal[edit]

CLOSED:
Agree to merging of article(s) as per Merging an Be Bold. Non-Administrative closure-- GenQuest "Talk to Me" 15:57, 28 December 2015 (UTC)
The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

I believe the article USA for Africa should be merged/deleted and redirected to this article. While this article is FA status, the USA for Africa article is entirely unsourced and apart from the lead consists of just two sections, an (incomplete) list of performers on "We Are the World", and the tracks on the accompanying We Are the World album. Both this article and the We Are the World article cover these two sections in far more detail, so there is no need for the separate USA for Africa article. Having just one article for "We Are the World"/USA for Africa would make it much easier to maintain. Richard3120 (talk) 02:30, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

No objections stated. Proceed. GenQuest "Talk to Me" 15:57, 28 December 2015 (UTC)

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