A benefit DVD of the making of “We Are the World” is set for release on February 1st, the twentieth anniversary of the hit 1985 charity single.
The record — spearheaded by producer Quincy Jones to raise money for the starving in both sub-Saharan Africa and American — featured an all-star lineup, including Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Lionel Richie, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Tina Turner and Stevie Wonder. “We Are the World,” which was in heavy rotation for months on more than 5,000 radio stations, went on to sell 7.5 million copies in the U.S.
The DVD captures the all-night recording session for the single on January 28, 1985, after the American Music Awards. Narrated by actress/activist Jane Fonda, the DVD includes some four hours of footage, and two hours of bonus material, such as solo sessions by Dylan, Springsteen and Jackson. (Jackson and Richie penned the song.)
Meanwhile, producer Jones has invited Jermaine Dupri to produce a remake of the single, this time to be recorded after the Grammy Awards ceremony on February 13th. A lineup has not yet been confirmed, but Dupri hopes to include Jay-Z, Usher, Kanye West and many others on the track, to be titled “We Are the Future.”