We Are The World is coming back — this time, to help the people of Haiti.
Billboard reports that producer/arranger Quincy Jones and singer Lionel Richie are gathering talent together in Los Angeles on Feb. 1 (the night after the Grammy Awards) to record a new version of that classic 1985 charity song.
According to Billboard:
This time the artists invited include Usher, Natalie Cole, and John Legend. But you can bet that more names will be added shortly and that all the Grammy nominees and participants will be asked to come as well. ... Don't be surprised if Wyclef Jean joins in, along with Sting, Fergie, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake and other distinctive voices.
We wonder: Might a bit of the late Michael Jackson, from the '85 version, will be included? Billboard says that's sure to happen.
Also on the charitable songs front: As CBC news reports, American Idol's Simon Cowell says he'll be getting some British singers together to do a song for Haiti relief, and U2 guitarist The Edge says his band will be teaming up with producer Jay-Z to do one as well.