We watched the “We Are The World” video premiere along with the rest of the world on Friday night and have to say that while we felt overwhelmed by the sheer star power involved, we were underwhelmed by the actual singing. We grew up on the original version and had the USA For Africa tape back in the day and, call us old-fashioned, we just feel that Justin Bieber and Auto-Tune can’t compete with Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder. Granted, some of the singers from the 1985 version came back for for the redux, including songwriter Lionel Richie and the ghost of Michael Jackson, but it felt off.
One celebrity not involved in the remake agrees with us. Jay-Z, acknowledging that he might catch some flack for his remarks, told MTV News “I know everybody is gonna take this wrong: ‘We Are the World,’ I love it, and I understand the point and think it’s great. But I think ‘We Are the World’ is like (Michael Jackson’s) ‘Thriller.’ I don’t ever wanna see it touched.I’m a fan of music. I know the plight and everything that’s going on in Haiti. I applaud the efforts: [Millions have been raised] through text [donations] to Haiti. So I appreciate the efforts and everything, but ‘We are the World’ is [musically] untouchable.” Jay explained that he wished the song was re-written rather than re-created for the Haiti cause, but considering the song is currently number one on iTunes, the rest of the world disagrees. [Photo: Getty Images]