We Are The World was recorded by the supergroup USA for Africa 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. 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. The associated home video includes the music video and the story about the song.
We Are The World was released in many different formats from CBS / Columbia Records in 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 Grammy 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“.
From the first ringing symphonic chords to the first compassionate and tender lyrics vocalized by Lionel Richie, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, etc. to the first melodic hook sweetened by Michael Jackson, this anthemic plea is everything it should be: singable and a showcase for the many voices that have contributed to it. It is long by CHR standards, but radio and retail will immediately gather around this chilling effort produced by Quincy Jones.