The 2010 version of “We Are the World” was introduced on NBC television a few hours ago in advance of the Vancouver Winter Olympics opening ceremonies. It was presented in a truncated three minute form including solos from the likes of Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, and Jennifer Hudson. If you would like to see the full, twice as long, video, you can check it out on YouTube below. You also can download the song at iTunes. A full seven minute version of “We Are the World” will also be simulcast on 53 domestic and international TV channels tomorrow, February 13, 2010 at 2 p.m. ET.
The seven-minute version below has an introduction about the revamping of the song from actor/singer Jamie Foxx. When the music starts to take over, images from the devastated Haiti are shown. Intercepting the images from the island nation is footage of some of the 85 artists singing their parts for the remake. Michael Jackson is also shown in a clip from the original music video, singing alongside sister Janet Jackson.
The music video for “We Are the World: 25 for Haiti” is directed by Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis. Talking about the video shoot process, he said, “It was interesting seeing Pink and Tony Bennett working it out. They were jamming. They had a lot of fun. You hear these stories about people checking their egos at the door, and it really is true.”
“They came and stood forever and were glorified extras a lot of the time,” Haggis went on recalling. “They just stood in the corner and waved. It was hot and it was crowded. When there’s chaos, there’s friction. Where there’s fiction, there’s drama, and I knew I’d have fun things to shoot. Unfortunately, there wasn’t as much drama as I expected. People really got along very well.”