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Beyonce, Swift, Lady Gaga, Others Recording Updated 'We Are the World'


More than 70 artists have lent their voices to a new version of the charity song "We Are The World" to raise money for earthquake victims in Haiti.

The stars came together late Monday at the same studio in the city of Los Angeles, California where the original song was recorded 25 years ago.

Among those taking part in the new version were singers Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion and Natalie Cole and hip-hop artists Kanye West and Wyclef Jean, who was born in Haiti.

The effort took place under the direction of Quincy Jones, who produced the original, and singer Lionel Richie, who co-wrote the single with the late Michael Jackson.

British TV personality and music mogul Simon Cowell also put together a charity single for Haiti, which hit the airwaves Tuesday.

The remake of American band REM's "Everybody Hurts" features Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams and reality TV phenomenon Susan Boyle. Rod Stewart and Mariah Carey are among others on the song.

The original "We Are The World" was meant to benefit hunger victims in Africa and included performers Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and Tina Turner.

The song tells listeners the human race must work together to "make a better day" for all. None of the original artists were included in the new version.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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