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Lionel Richie says it's time for a new 'We Are the World'

What the world needs now is a new “We Are the World.”

That’s the sentiment of Lionel Richie, co-author of the iconic charity single with Michael Jackson, as the coronavirus outbreak has come to the United States     

“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,” said Richie recently to People magazine.

The “American Idol” judge and “All Night Long” hitmaker is proposing a new version of the single. The track was originally recorded by Richie, Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross and more to raise funds to aid victims of famine in Africa in the mid-1980s.

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2020 is the 35th anniversary of the original song.

“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,” Richie said.

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Ten years ago a new version of “We Are the World” was recorded for the benefit of the Haitian earthquake. Justin Bieber, Jennifer Hudson, Wyclef Jean, Celine Dion, Nick Jonas, Tony Bennett, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Janet Jackson, Barbra Streisand and more appeared on the “25” version.

“They did it 10 years ago for Haiti, and it actually did very well commercially,” said Rob Acampora, long-time Jersey Shore deejay and host of “The A Game with Rob Acampora” podcast. “I would love to see them bring back a couple from the original recording, especially Springsteen. I’m not saying this just because I’m a Jersey guy but because when you look back upon ‘We Are the World,’ the most iconic part of the song is the growl Bruce gave you on his part of the singing.”

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