We Are The World was recorded by the supergroup USA for Africa in 1985 with some of the most famous artists in the music industry, including Tina Turner. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones for the same named album. With sales in excess of 20 million copies, it’s the fastest-selling American pop single in history, raised over $63 million for humanitarian aid in Ethiopia. Tina contributed also an edited version of the song „Total Control“ for the album. A longer version was later included on the 1994 box set The Collected Recordings. In addition, a home video including the music video and the story about the song was released.
We Are The World was released in many different formats on the CBS / Columbia label on March 7, 1985. The album on vinyl, cassette and compact disc. The single on 7“ & 12“ vinyl and the home video on VHS and in 1994 on DVD. The album reached #1 in America, #8 in Germany and #31 in England. The single charted at #1 in America and England and #2 in Germany. The song won Grammiy Awards in the categories „Record of the Year,“ „Song of the Year,“ „Best Pop Performance by a Group“ and „Best Music Video“. It won also a MTV Video Music Award as „Best Group Video“ and „Viewer's Choice“.
We Are The World (USA for Africa) 7:07
Written by Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie / Produced by Quincy Jones
Total Control (Edit) 3:39
Written by M. Davis, J. Jourard / Produced by John Carter
The Video Event
Director: Howard G. Malley, Craig B. Golin
Producer: April Lee Grebb
Home Video: We Are The World