Recording sessions :
January 22, 1985 : Michael, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder & Quincy Jones record a demo version of the song “We Are The World” at Kenny Rogers ‘Lion’s Share Recording Studio in L.A (Michael takes Emmanuel Lewis to the studio) and later they send the demo cassettes to all artistes involved in the recording.
January 28 : Two hours after the American Music Awards, Michael and 44 other artists (including Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, LaToya, Jackie, Marlon & Randy) gather secretly for 10 hours at the A&M Recording Studios in L.A to record “We Are The World”.
Label : CBS Epic Records
Release date : March 7, 1985
“We Are the World” (USA for Africa) – 7:14
“Grace” (Quincy Jones) – 4:56
Demos/Outtakes/unreleased tracks from the album’ sessions
We Are The World (demo) : Recorded in 1985 with John Barnes & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).
Singles and short films
“We Are The World” (released on March 7, 1985) from the “We Are The World” album.
Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 1
Short film directed by Tom Trbovich
Date of shooting : January 22, 1985
Date of premiere : March 1985
Official release : On VHS in 1985 and on DVD in 2010 (We Are the World: The Story Behind the Song) and on USA For Africa’s You Tube official page.
Promotion (TV performances/Award Shows/magazine covers etc.)
April 1985 : Michael and seven members of USA For Africa are on the cover of Life Magazine.
April 8, 1985 : Michael and Lionel Richie are on the cover of Jet Magazine.
January 27, 1986 : Michael arrives half-way through the American Music Awards ceremony in company of Elizabeth Taylor where he, Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie and Ken Kragen are presented with awards for “We Are The World”. Katherine, LaToya, Rebbie & Janet also attend the ceremony. For the show’s conclusion, Michael joins many celebrities including Diana Ross, Janet & LaToya to sing “We Are The World”.
February 25, 1986 : Michael, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones & Stevie attend the Grammy Awards where “We Are The World” wins four awards.