LOS ANGELES (AP) — The late Michael Jackson has a prominent role in the revamped version of “We Are the World.”
Lionel Richie, who wrote the original charity anthem with Jackson, says the King of Pop can be seen in the new video for the track, singing with his sister Janet.
“We left the original footage of that part, but now he is singing with his sister,” Richie said.
“It’s something we wanted to see, but his mother requested it too, for Janet to sing with Michael,” said Quincy Jones, who produced the original track and helped orchestrate the re-recording. “It was perfect. It was meant to be.”
The video is set to make its debut Friday during coverage of the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics. “We Are the World — 25 for Haiti” features 80 artists, including Pink, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Kanye West and Jennifer Hudson.
Proceeds from sales of the song will benefit earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti.