Following Kanye West‘s onstage invasion at last year’s MTV Video Awards, which probably was the best thing that ever happened to Taylor Swift, the acclaimed Chicago rapper has remained relatively out of the spotlight in recent months. However, with demos now surfacing, ALL CAP BLOG POSTS returning, and a new studio album reportedly in the works, Ye appears set for a comeback.
And as CNN reports, he recently kicked things off by lending his talents to a updated version of “We Are the World”. The song, which raised at least $30 millions for African humanitarian programs 25 years ago, has been re-recorded by a slew of musicial heavy-weights in benefit of the Haitian earthquake relief.
On Monday, Lionel Richie and the original producer, Quincy Jones, gathered “a diverse group of contemporary superstar artists” at the same studio used for the 1985 recording session,” CNN reports. In addition to West, musicians like Brian Wilson, Drake, Carlos Santana, T-Pain, Raphael Saadiq, Usher, Kid CuDi, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Zac Brown, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, and Pink took part. (So did Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and Nicole Richie, but let’s just pretend that didn’t happen.) Ironically, however, none of the 45 stars from the song’s previous version took part.
The world premiere of the new “We Are the World” will take place during the NBC network’s coverage of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Vancouver, Canada, on February 12nd.