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We Are the World is a 1985 album that contains USA for Africa’s “We Are the World”, a superstar charity recording for famine relief efforts in Ethiopia.
In addition to the title track, the album includes nine previously unreleased songs by donating artists, including Prince, Chicago, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (a rendition of Jimmy Cliff’s obscure “Trapped” recorded live at Meadowlands Arena on their Born in the U.S.A. Tour, which achieved considerable album-oriented rock radio airplay and topped the Mainstream Rock chart), Tina Turner and others. In addition, “Grace”, by Quincy Jones, is not included in this album but appeared as the B-side of the title track when it was released a month earlier.
The album also includes another famine relief fundraising song, “Tears Are Not Enough,” which was performed by Canadian supergroup Northern Lights.
Prince and The Revolution recorded “4 the Tears in Your Eyes” for the album. A rare live version of the song was included on Prince’s The Hits/The B-Sides.
The album sold over 3 million copies. According to Billboard on April 27, 1985, it reached #1 in 2 weeks, something only formerly accomplished by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.