Guest Vocals: Single / Album / Video

We Are The World (1985)

Tina Turner & USA for Africa - We Are The World - Album, Single, Video

We Are The World was recorded by the supergroup USA for Africa with some of the most famous artists in the music industry, including Tina Turner. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and produced by Quincy Jones. With sales in excess of 20 million copies, it’s the fastest-selling American pop single in history, raised over $63 million for humanitarian aid in Ethiopia. Tina contributed also an edited version of the song „Total Control“ for the album. A longer version was later included on the 1994 box set The Collected Recordings. The associated home video features the music video and the story about the song.

Writer: Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie
Producer: Quincy Jones
Release: March 1985 / 1994 (dvd)
Label: CBS / Columbia
Format: Single: 7“ Vinyl / 12“ Vinyl / Album: Vinyl / Cassette / CD / Video: VHS / DVD
Charts: USA, UK: #1 / Germany: #2
Grammy: Record of the Year / Song of the Year / Best Pop Performance by a Group / Best Music Video (1986)
MTV Award: Best Group Video / Viewer’s Choice

7“ Vinyl
  1. We Are The World (USA for Africa) 6:22
  2. Written by Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie / Produced by Quincy Jones
12“ Vinyl
  1. We Are The World (USA for Africa) 7:07
Album
  1. Total Control (Edit) 3:39
  2. Written by M. Davis, J. Jourard / Produced by John Carter
  3. We Are The World (USA for Africa) 7:07
CashBox Review

March 16, 1985

From the first ringing symphonic chords to the first compassionate and tender lyrics vocalized by Lionel Richie, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, etc. to the first melodic hook sweetened by Michael Jackson, this anthemic plea is everything it should be: singable and a showcase for the many voices that have contributed to it. It is long by CHR standards, but radio and retail will immediately gather around this chilling effort produced by Quincy Jones.

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Music Video

The video was filmed in the studio during the recording of the song with all participating artists. It shows the solo parts, the lead singer Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and the whole choir together. It starts with the USA for Africa logo and all signatures from the artists.

Director: Howard G. Malley, Craig B. Golin
Producer: April Lee Grebb
Home VideoWe Are The World (DVD)
Time: 7:04

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