If you were wondering when you will finally get to hear a song featuring T-Pain, Rob Thomas and Jeff Bridges, the answer is soon. At Friday's Opening Ceremony, the 25th-anniversary remake of "We Are the World" will make its international debut.
A video of the song will be featured during the nearly three-and-a-half-hour telecast. More than 80 artists took part in the recording — everyone from the Jonas Brothers and Celine Dion to the ubiquitous Lil' Wayne. Yes, there is a rap verse. Unfortunately for Johnny Weir, Lady Gaga will not be involved.
The video for "We Are the World" was directed by Academy Award-winning director Paul Haggis and edited with the help of students from a Haitian film school. Additionally, following the release of the video, fans will be able to digitize themselves into the performance, thanks to some nifty CGI tricks.
The song will be available for download from World 25 and iTunes. All proceeds from its purchase will go to the We Are the World Foundation, which will direct the money to charities doing earthquake relief in Haiti.
This is yet another reason to tune in to the Opening Ceremony. No matter what kind of music you like, with more than 80 musicians involved, there's bound to be somebody to like. So tune in, buy the song and help Haiti.