USA For Africa

We Are the World” is a charity single originally recorded by the supergroup USA for Africa in 1985. It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. With sales in excess of 20 million copies, it was the eighth best-selling physical single of all time.

In December 1984, Harry Belafonte began to think about an American benefit single for African famine relief. Fundraiser Ken Kragen helped bring the vision to reality. Ultimately, Jackson and Richie were assigned to write the song. The duo completed the writing of “We Are the World” only one night before the first recording session, on January 21, 1985. The historic event brought together some of the era’s best-known music industry artists.

The song was released on March 7, 1985, and became a worldwide commercial success, it topped music charts throughout the world and became the fastest-selling U.S. pop single in history. “We Are the World” received a Quadruple Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America, becoming the first single to be certified multi-platinum.

In January 2010, after a devastating earthquake in Haiti, another all-star cast of singers remade the song entitled “We Are the World 25 for Haiti”, it was released as a single on February 12, 2010

Backing Tracks  : We Are The World

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