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Stars in US re-record We Are the World for Haiti

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We Are the World is remade to raise money for earthquake-hit Haiti

Music stars including Kanye West, Pink, Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion have re-recorded the 1985 charity hit We Are the World to raise money for Haiti.

More than 75 singers gathered on Monday to record the track together at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, the same studio the original was made.

Rapper 'Lil Wayne said he felt blessed to be involved, but admitted: "I don't know how to sing."

The song will air for the first time on 12 February on US TV channel NBC.

It will be shown during the coverage of the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

The song has been re-recorded 25 years after the original was made

Academy award-winning director Paul Haggis has recorded the session to create the accompanying video.

The group of pop stars broke into an acapella version of the song Lean On Me during the recording.

Quincy Jones, who produced the 1985 original, announced last week that the song would be re-recorded to help the people of Haiti in the wake of the earthquake last month.

The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.

Other artists singing on the new track include Carlos Santana, Jennifer Hudson, Natalie Cole, Justin Bieber, Brian Wilson, Miley Cyrus, Usher, Enrique Iglesias, Josh Groban, Harry Connick Jr, Akon, Celine Dion, Snoop Dogg and Tony Bennett.

Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie
Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie reunite for the 2010 version

None of the original performers returned for the re-recording.

Lil' Wayne said he had friends in Miami who had lost relatives in the disaster.

"I think it's amazing what's been done for Haiti, but I think it's amazing what hasn't been done for New Orleans," he said.

Money raised from the original single - which topped $30m - went to USA for Africa to fund hunger relief in Africa.



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