- American singer Lionel Richie has called for the return of 1985 classic We Are The World amidst the coronavirus pandemic
- The singer recounted why the song was created back in 1985 and how it is a good time for it to return
- The original song was used to raise funds to fight hunger in Africa
As more cases of the coronavirus pandemic continue to ravage nations across the world, many have taken up the mantle to join the cause of helping humanity defeat the deadly disease.
Among those who have now spoken up and steered a move to use the power of his art for a global and impactful course is American singer and songwriter, Lionel Richie.
Just recently, Richie in an exclusive interview with People opened up about what inspired the 1985 classic We Are The World, which featured him, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross and more than 40 other A-list recording artists.
At the time, the reason for the song was to help join the fight against famine in Africa. The song has strong and comforting lyrics and at the time managed to rake in $63 million in sales.
35 years after the release of the song, Richie disclosed to People that one of the prominent lines in the song came to life in the middle of a discussion with the late Michael Jackson.
“That line came about as Michael and I were sitting there talking. We said, you can either say, ‘I’m saving my life’ or ‘We’re saving our lives.’ ’We Are the World’ is a statement we wanted to make. What do we do to save our own?”
On the current coronavirus pandemic in nations across the world, the legendary musician noted that it has happened in China and Europe, and if nothing is done, the spread will continue.
“What happened in China, in Europe, it came here. So if we don’t save our brothers there, it’s going to come home. It’s all of us. All of us are in this together,” Richie said.
Richie recounted how a version of the song was released years ago to assist earthquake victims in Haiti. As the song turns 35 years old, the musician is of the opinion that it can bring unity and also help raise funds.
He said: “Two weeks ago, we said we didn’t want to do too much [about the song] because this is not the time to sell an anniversary. But the message is so clear.”
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