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LONDON - JULY 24: Songsheets for the legendary 1985 recording of 'We are the World' signed by artists including Diana Ross and Lionel Richie are displayed at the Idea Generation Gallery on July 24, 2008 in London, England. The songsheets along with the legendary guitar owned by Jimi Hendrix which was famously burnt in March 1967 at Finsbury Astoria will go under the hammer when they are auctioned by the Fame Bureau at the Idea Generation Gallery on September 4, 2008. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Lionel Richie, American Idol judge and cowriter of We Are The World, is getting mixed reactions about his choice to re-re-release his famous song. The first version of the charity fundraiser, released in 1985, and benefited victims of famine in Africa. With stars like Michael Jackson (who cowrote the song), Quincy Adams (who produced it), Cyndi Lauper, and John Mellencamp, the song raised over $60million for its cause.

USA for Africa - We are the World

25.6.2009 - Michael Jackson died 50 years old.... great singer in the past, "broken soul" in the present... USA for Africa just cool to do that and good song...

In 2010, less than a year after Michael Jackson’s death, the song was rerecorded with younger artists for the victims of the 7.0 earthquake that devastated so much of Haiti. The artists were chosen in hopes of reaching a younger audience, and Haitian-American artist Wyclef Jean was also asked to participate. The artists included Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, P!nk and Kanye West. The cover featured updated lyrics and a rap interlude written by will.i.am. Quincy Jones was also a key figure in the production of this video.

Last month, to raise money for the Covid-19 effort, Lionel Richie decided to release the song again, this time as the finale to American Idol. The American Idol finalists, along with some judges and past contestants, were the artists of choice on this one, all of them recording from quarantine. In lieu of a group recording session, this video is mostly of places emptied by the Coronavirus-related lockdown.

Lionel Richie And An All-Star Line-Up Perform "We Are The World" - American Idol 2020 Finale

The NEW #AmericanIdol and former contestants join ICON Lionel Richie for a heartfelt performance of "We Are The World" during the American Idol Finale 2020. ...

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