'Everybody Hurts' vs 'We Are The World' - Battle Of The Haitian Charity Songs

Two Haitian Charity Songs will be hitting the airwaves at just about the same time. While it's been a proven formula that combining entertainment with fund-raising is one of the quickest ways to raise awareness for a cause, will these two anthems backed up by star-powered choruses work together synergistically or will they compete for the same charitable dollars? And in so doing, does the effort overshadow the cause and shift the spotlight to the artists?

Take our two (2) POLLs at the end of this blog and let us know how you feel about this topic.

EVERYBODY HURTS


Simon CowellSimon CowellThe remake of the single 'Everybody Hurts,' a cover of REM's 1992 hit, will be released on February 8th in support of the Haitian earthquake appeal. It's the brainchild of Simon Cowell from American Idol fame and will be downloadable on Sunday, Februay 7 from Sony Music. The song, recorded in London and Los Angeles can already be ordered online in the UK at hmv.com, play.com and amazon.co.uk.

21 artists were involved in the project including Robbie Williams and Take That, who have not recorded together since Robbie left the band in 1995. X Factors Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis and Joe McElderry, Jon Bon Jovi, Kylie Minogue, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, JLS, Cheryl Cole, Susan Boyle and Miley Cyrus are also involved in the charity single.

Susan BoyleSusan BoyleWith all proceeds going to the cause for the Haitian earthquake relief, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has waived VAT on the sales of the charity single, which will be split between the Helping Haiti fund and the Disasters Emergency Committee.

Here is a list of the various Artists who will sing the cover of the REM classic, "Everybody Hurts," and the specific lyrics they have been assigned to.

LYRICS
Leona Lewis
When the day is long and the night, the night is yours alone,
Rod Stewart
When you're sure you've had enough of this life, well hang on
Mariah Carey
Don't let yourself go, cause everybody cries and everybody hurts
Cheryl Cole
Sometimes.... sometimes everything is wrong.
Mika
Now its time to sing along
Michael Buble
When your day is night alone,
Joe McElderry
(hold on, hold on)
Miley Cyrus
If you feel like letting go
James Blunt
If you think you've had too much of this life, well hang on..
Gary Barlow
Cause everybody hurts..
Mark Owen
Take Comfort in your friends
Jon Bon Jovi
Don't throw your hand, oh no
James Morrison
Don't throw your hand.
If you feel like you're alone, no, no, no, you are not alone
Susan Boyle
If you're on your own in this life, the days and nights are long,
Aston Merrygold
When you think you've had too much of this life to...
Marvin Humes
...hang on
Shane Filan
Everybody hurts, sometimes,
Mark Feehily
Everybody cries
Kylie Minogue
And everybody hurts... sometimes
Robbie Williams
And everybody hurts... sometimes, so hold on, hold on
Everyone
Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, repeat to fade


This YouTube video is not the official video, but it will give you a preview as to what this charity song will sound like. (note: The volume on this video could have been better. Turn the sound all the way up for the best listening).



WE ARE THE WORLD


Quincey Jones & Lionel RitchieQuincey Jones & Lionel RitchieCowell's tribute song and its launch coincides with news that Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie have overseen a  new version of "We Are the World" 25 years after Michael Jackson and the song raised awareness of famine in Africa.

After the Grammys, more than 75 mega-stars gathered on February 1 to re-record the 1985 charity charity anthem "We are the World" in the same Hollywood recording studio where the original was cut back some twenty-five years ago.

We Are The World OriginalWe Are The World OriginalPink, Celine Dion, Natalie Cole, the Jonas Brothers, Kanye West, Tony Bennett, Jennifer Hudson, Akon and other musical luminaries stood shoulder to shoulder on risers at the Henson Recording studios. None of the original 45 artists were asked reprise their roles, so you will miss seeing some of We Are The World Remake - 2010We Are The World Remake - 2010your favorite artists still performing today, such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross and others.

Julianne Hough from "Dancing with the Stars," who is also a country singer, was only 3 years old when the original tune came out. She said she felt honored to lend her voice to the effort and sing next to so many talented musicians.

True to her diva reputation, Barbra Streisand recorded her solo over and over, completely absorbed in the recording process and stopping only to correct her pitch.
Here are the lyrics and the artists who sang the original (note: the remake may take liberties with these lyrics to customize the words for the Haiti Relief Fund).

Lyrics:
There comes a time when we heed a certain call (Lionel Richie)
When the world must come together as one (Lionel Richie & Stevie Wonder)
There are people dying (Stevie Wonder)
Oh, and it's time to lend a hand to life (Paul Simon)
The greatest gift of all (Paul Simon/Kenny Rogers)

We can't go on pretending day by day (Kenny Rogers)
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change (James Ingram)
We're all a part of God's great big family (Tina Turner)
And the truth (Billy Joel)
You know love is all we need (Tina Turner/Billy Joel)

  (CHORUS)
  We are the world, we are the children
  We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (Michael Jackson)
  There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Diana Ross)
  It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Michael Jackson/Diana Ross)

Well, send 'em you your heart so they know that someone cares (Dionne Warwick)
And their lives will be stronger and free (Dionne Warwick/Willie Nelson)
As God has shown us by turning stone to bread (Willie Nelson)
And so we all must lend a helping hand (Al Jarreau)

  (REPEAT CHORUS)
  We are the world, we are the children (Bruce Springsteen)
  We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (Kenny Loggins)
  Oh There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Steve Perry)
  It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Daryl Hall)

When you're down and out there seems no hope at all (Michael Jackson)
But if you just believe there's no way we can fall (Huey Lewis)
Well, well, well, let's realize that a change can only come (Cyndi Lauper)
When we (Kim Carnes)
stand together as one (Kim Carnes/Cyndi Lauper/Huey Lewis)

  (REPEAT CHORUS)
  We are the world, we are the children (Everyone)
  We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (Everyone)
  There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Everyone)
  It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Everyone)

  (REPEAT CHORUS)
  We are the world, we are the children (Everyone)
  We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (Everyone)
  There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Bob Dylan)
  It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Bob Dylan)

  (REPEAT CHORUS)
  We are the world, we are the children (Everyone)
  We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (Everyone)
  There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Everyone)
  It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Everyone)

  (REPEAT CHORUS)
  We are the world, we are the children (Everyone)
  We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (Everyone)
  Oh There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Ray Charles)
  It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Ray Charles)

  (REPEAT CHORUS)
  We are the world, we are the children (Stevie Wonder/Bruce Springsteen)
  We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (Stevie Wonder/Bruce Springsteen)
  There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Stevie Wonder)
  It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Stevie Wonder)

  (REPEAT CHORUS)
  We are the world, we are the children (Stevie Wonder/Bruce Springsteen)
  We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (Stevie Wonder/Bruce Springsteen)
  There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Bruce Springsteen)
  It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Bruce Springsteen)

  (REPEAT CHORUS)
  We are the world, we are the children (Everyone)
  We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (Everyone)
  There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Everyone)
  It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Everyone)

  (REPEAT CHORUS)
  We are the world, we are the children (James Ingram)
  We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (James Ingram)
  There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Ray Charles)
  It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Ray Charles)

  (REPEAT CHORUS)
  We are the world, we are the children (Everyone)
  We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (Everyone)
  There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Everyone/Ray Charles)
  It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Everyone/Ray Charles)


And here is the 7 minute video of the original version available on YouTube.



An ABC news video on the “We Are The World” recording is making the rounds on social media channels. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the recording process, with brief clips from the the upated remake of the song.



So there it...two classic remakes vying for the same spotlight while donating to a worthy cause. I don't discount either effort. I think that both camps have devised noble plans which were logistical nightmares to put together. I think that assembling this many artists to donate their time and effort to two charity song releases is admirable. However, my quizzical side wonders if both songs will reinforce the other? And perhaps make one plus one equal three? Or will they somehow cancel each other out? Maybe with this much star power, these artists could have come up with one original song and combined forces to present us with one collaborative effort? 

What are your thoughts? Please take our POLLs and let us know how you feel on this topic. The 2nd POLL is to determine which song you feel will go viral first?  Your feedback in the comment section is always welcomed.

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Comments
Feb 6, 2010
by Anonymous

Everybody Hurts is going to sell more than 1 million copies

The Sun's Helping Haiti single is set to become one of the biggest-selling singles in a decade as pre-orders pour in. It has shot to No 1 on website Amazon's pre-release chart. And high street retailer HMV has been inundated with requests for it. The cover of REM's Everybody Hurts is set to sell more than a million copies when it is issued on Sunday.
HMV spokesperson Gennaro Castaldo said: "Thanks to The Sun's campaign a huge support is building. "This single will dominate the charts in the weeks ahead as the biggest release of the past ten years." And the man responsible for iconic music videos from Britney Spears, U2 and Eminem has joined the campaign. Director Joseph Kahn will shoot the clip to accompany our song, performed by stars including Susan Boyle, Robbie Williams and Mariah Carey.

Feb 18, 2010
by Anonymous

which ones better

we r the world is better slthough im an englishman. USa choosed a better song 2 cover. AND MJ RULES!!!!

Feb 20, 2012
by Anonymous

christian charity

Grateful that i could hear the haiti charity songs . It will touch other hearts