The 1985 song "We Are The World" takes on new meaning inwake of the recent tragic earthquake in Haiti.Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie, who co-wrote thesong with the late Michael Jackson, planned to organize a re-recording of the songon January 28, the 25th anniversary, according to Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter.
The devastation in Haiti impacted the plans.
The new version will now benefit the impoverished country, andthe recording date has changed to Monday, February 1, which is the day following the Grammys, sources told Billboard.
A spokesperson for Quincy Jones told Yahoo! Music that itwas too early to confirm details. "This is all in the very preliminary stages,so we don't have any information to give out as of yet," the spokesperson saidin an email.
The first recording raised money to aid famine relief in Africa.
Twenty-one artists billed as USA For Africa sang on thesong, including Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Jackson, Diana Ross, BruceSpringsteen, Bob Dylan, and Ray Charles. Twenty-two additional celebritiesappeared in the video.
The song appears on the album also titled We Are The World.