Stars gather to cover 'We Are the World' for Haiti

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The 1985 charity anthem "We are the World" has new life and a new sound.

More than 75 mega-stars gathered Monday to re-record the song in the same Hollywood recording studio where the original was cut 25 years ago.

Pink, Celine Dion, Natalie Cole, the Jonas Brothers, Kanye West, Tony Bennett, Jennifer Hudson, Akon (AY'-kahn) and other musical luminaries stood shoulder to shoulder on risers at Henson Recording studios.

At one point during the session, the musicians broke out into an a cappella version of the pop classic "Lean on Me."

True to her diva reputation, Barbara Streisand recorded her solo over and over, completely absorbed in the recording process and stopping only to correct her pitch.

Quincy Jones announced last week that he planned to redo the song to benefit earthquake recovery in Haiti.

The original was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.

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