Album: We Are The World

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We Are The World

We Are The World album artwork

Album details


Released: 12 April 1985
Length: 41:37
Label(s): Columbia Records
Studio(s): Mobile recording studio outside the Superdome, New Orleans, LA, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: Billboard Top Pop Albums 20 Apr. 1985 1(3) 22
USA: Billboard Top Black Albums 20 Apr. 1985 6 17
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
U.K.: UK Albums Chart 20 May 1985 31 5
Certifications
RIAA, USA 1 Apr. 1985 Gold (500,000)
RIAA, USA 16 Apr. 1985 Platinum x2 (2 million)
RIAA, USA 24 Jun. 1985 Platinum x3 (3 million)
Awards
1986 Grammy Awards, USA 25 Feb. 1986 Record Of The Year (Quincy Jones - producer)

Singles released


  • We Are The World
  • Tears Are Not Enough

See also


4 The Tears In Your Eyes
(music video)
  
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We Are The World is a compilation album released to raise money in response to droughts and famine in Ethiopia, Sudan and other African nations.

The album contained the hit song We Are The World, featuring an all-star line-up of artists spearheaded by Michael Jackson (including, among many others, Sheila E.).

Prince and the Revolution's recording of 4 The Tears In Your Eyes is not available anywhere else, although an acoustic re-recording of the song was included on The Hits / The B-Sides in 1993.


Recording process

Prince was invited to the recording, which took place following the 1985 Grammy Awards, but he declined, and instead Prince and the Revolution contributed the song 4 The Tears In Your Eyes to the album.

He was criticized in the press for not participating (which he directly addressed in the song Hello).


Promotion

The album produced two singles, We Are The World and Tears Are Not Enough, both of which preceded the album. The We Are The World single was enormously successful, becoming the fastest-selling American pop single in history, and was one of fewer than thirty all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) copies worldwide.

The album contained contributions from many successful artists of the time, drawing a huge amount of attention. It reached number 1 on the US Billboard Top Pop Albums Chart, and raised approximately $50 million for aid and relief.



Track listing
CD LP/MC

The compact disc version is a reissue from the original LP.
Details given for Prince-related tracks only:

  1. We Are The World - USA For Africa
  2. If Only For A Moment, Girl - Steve Perry
  3. Just A Little Closer - The Pointer Sisters
  4. Trapped - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
  5. Tears Are Not Enough - Northern Lights
  6. 4 The Tears In Your Eyes - Prince and the Revolution (2:45)1
  7. Good For Nothing - Chicago
  8. Total Control - Tina Turner
  9. A Little More Love - Kenny Rogers
  10. Trouble In Paradise - Huey Lewis and the News

The vinyl long play format is the original issue.
Side 1:

  1. We Are The World - USA For Africa
  2. If Only For A Moment, Girl - Steve Perry
  3. Just A Little Closer - The Pointer Sisters
  4. Trapped - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Side 2:

  1. Tears Are Not Enough - Northern Lights
  2. 4 The Tears In Your Eyes - Prince and the Revolution (2:45)1
  3. Good For Nothing - Chicago
  4. Total Control - Tina Turner
  5. A Little More Love - Kenny Rogers
  6. Trouble In Paradise - Huey Lewis and the News


1 Written by Prince



Personnel
Musicians


Production
  • Prince - producer
  • David Tickle - mixing engineer
  • Bruce Allen - executive producer
  • Lou Blair - executive producer
  • Ken Kragen - executive producer (album)
  • Michael Branch - assistant executive producer (album)
  • Harry Benson - front cover photography
  • Henry Diltz - additional photography
  • Ken Lei Chung - additional photography
  • Sam Emerson - additional photography
  • John Coulter - art direction
  • Trish Talbot - artwork assistance


Thanks
  • none.



Releases
LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

This section is under construction

Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

This section is under construction

 
Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • The album was widely publicized by many of the artists involved as a means to contribute to aid relief in Africa.
  • Some songs from the album were played live on the global telecast Live Aid event on 13 July 1985, where a video of 4 The Tears In Your Eyes was also broadcast.
  • At present, this is Prince's only contribution of music to a wide-scale charity relief effort (royalties from his 2005 single S.S.T. were directed to relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina, however).

References
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All Compilations All Prince Albums 1988
Bright Lights, Big City
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