By Tony Hicks
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 at 1:17 pm in Uncategorized.
This time – 25 years after the original was recorded with superstar singers like Michael Jackson, Dan Akroyd and LaToya Jackson – Jones pulled in today’s biggest stars on Monday for the Hollywood session, with profits going to Haiti earthquake relief.
According to Usmagazine.com, participants included Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Bieber, Vince Vaughn, Kanye West and Amber Rose, Julianne Hough, will.i.am, Wyclef Jean, T-Pain, Randy Jackson, Gladys Knight, Brandy, Keri Hilson, Faith Evans, Rob Thomas, Nancy Wilson, Nicole Scherzinger, Harry Connick jr, Katharine McPhee, Robin Thicke, Josh Groban and India.arie.
Photos from Rollingstone.com show the session also included Barbara Streisand, Lionel Ritchie (who co-wrote the song with Jacko), Lil Wayne, Jeff Bridges (this version’s Dan Akroyd, albeit cooler, though Vince Vaughn is really a reach), Usher, Toni Braxton, Maurice White, Nick Jonas, Adam Levine, Al Jardine, Tony Bennett, Pink, Carlos Santana and Joel Madden.
I’ve been told rapper Lil Wayne is doing the Bob Dylan solo part. When he was told, Mr. Lil responded by allegedly saying “I can’t sing.” They told him that’s exactly why he was chosen
The message boards are already lit up with people furiously arguing over whether this is a good idea, appropriate, or even could be as good as the original without Cyndi Lauper having some sort of traumatic fit (that, alone, makes the original worth watching. Well, almost). Another argument is that these celebrities should just pony up the money, instead of pretending they care about Haiti by jumping on the Quincy Jones bandwagon.
Honestly, why the hell would anyone care? Other than we’re going to have it foisted upon our eardrums again. Great – raise some money. Though one has to wonder, with all that talent at his disposal, Quincy couldn’t have written a new song more suitable for people who like music. Can you imagine how much more it would sell if it was actually good?
Then again, that didn’t necessarily work for Little Steven’s “Sun City” South African song. Though any video featuring the Hall-of-Fame mustaches of John Oates and Rueben Blades in the same frame has to be considered greatness.
Because I care: “Hope for Haiti Now” is one of many charities still accepting donations for Haiti earthquake relief.
Phone: 877-99-HAITI Text:
Text “GIVE” to 50555
Mail: Hope For Haiti Now Fund Entertainment Industry Foundation
1201 West 5th Street, Suite T-700
Los Angeles, CA 90017