There comes a time when we head a certain call and the music industry will come together and destroy a song . We are all aware of the catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti in January of 2010 just in time to commemorate the 25th anniversary of “We Are The World”, I guess the music industry thought it was a brilliant idea to reproduce an ad nauseum edition of the 1985 classic of “We Are The World” which was originally written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and produced by the legendary Quincy Jones in an effort to bring awareness of famine in Africa . In my opinion I never considered “We Are The World” much of a song, I only like the song for reasons of nostalgia, seeing all of the biggest stars of the decade all together in one video a defining moment in pop culture, laughing at Bruce Springsteen’s facial expressions, always questioning why Prince and Madonna were not present. You can feel the magic of Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson come together in the song and video,the compassion vocal arrangement and organization was phenomenal.
In the Rendition of “We Are The World” 15- year old Justin Bieber who looks and sounds like a pre-pubescent boy sings the opening line,please believe me it gets worse from there.Disney pop stars Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers who I thought had fallen off the face of this earth. A few years ago the Jonas Brothers were Marketed as music’s best new thing today we rarely hear from the Jonas Brothers. I guess this is what the music industry does to you or Disney in the Jonas Brothers case make as much money as the record companies can after you are no longer considered marketable you are useless,what a shame. The Penultimate moment of the song and video was Wyclef John’s Haitian cry,I found it to be entertaining,I know he is from Haiti but it was not needed.Jamie Foxx imitating Ray Charles was uncalled for, T- Pain with his voice box,Lil Wayne and Kayne West rapping.
I can not believe someone had the audacity to include auto-tune. The song was a complete disaster. How could Quincy Jones let this happen? One of the greatest music producers of all time. I am having a difficult time coming to the conclusion that this was the brainchild of Quincy Jones. I do not think Quincy Jones had no voice at all. I am starting to believe this was orchestrated by Disney and the powers that control the music industry all profiting off the death of Michael Jackson, before saying, “It was for a good cause,”or “It is called a rendition for a reason”.I call it all nonsense, if the music industry was that compassionate they should have written a new song for the occasion. I find it mind blowing when the music industry uses the Internet as the culprit for its constant demise, in reality it is a lack a innovation and creativity, The Buggles were telling the truth back in 1979 video did kill the radio star.