Video Spotlight: “We Are The World”

February 13, 2010

Last night, the remake of “We Are The World” (which benefits Haiti) premiered during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The list of contributors is quite impressive: Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Justin Bieber, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Nettles, Josh Groban, Tony Bennett, Mary J. Blidge, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Miley Cyrus, Enrique Iglesias, Jamie Foxx, Wyclef Jean, Adam Levine, Pink, BeBe Winans, Usher, Celine Dion, Fergie, Nick Jonas, Toni Braxton, Mary Mary, Isaac Slade, Lil Wayne, Carlos Santana, Akon, T-Pain, LL Cool J, Will.i.am, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz, Iyaz, Kanye West, Patti Austin, Bizzy Bone, Ethan Bortnick, Jeff Bridges, Zac Brown, Brandy, Kristian Bush, Natalie Cole, Harry Connick Jr., Hayden Panettiere, Kid Cudi, Faith Evans, Melanie Fiona, Sean Garrett, Tyrese Gibson, Anthony Hamilton, Keri Hilson, Julianne Hough, India.Arie, Randy Jackson, Taj Jackson, Taryll Jackson, TJ Jackson, Al Jardine, Jimmy Jean-Louis,  * Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Gladys Knight, Benji Madden, Joel Madden, Katharine McPhee, Jason Mraz, Mýa, Orianthi, Freda Payne, A. R. Rahman, Raphael Saadiq, Trey Songz, Musiq Soulchild, Jordin Sparks, Robin Thicke, Alex Williams, Rob Thomas, Vince Vaughn, Ann Wilson, Brian Wilson, and Nancy Wilson. (list via Wikipedia).

How do you feel it stands against the original? What are your thoughts on the changes that were made to the song? Weigh in, in the comments section below. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Now, no matter what your thoughts on the song, remember  it’s a worthy cause, so if you’d like to support the track, you can do so here.


Video Spotlight: Stanley Jordan’s “Stairway To Heaven”

February 5, 2010

“Stairway to Heaven” — Yes, I’m going there…

Yesterday, MTV News reported that Mary J. Blige has just recorded a cover of the classic Zeppelin track, along with Travis Barker (of Blink 182), Randy Jackson (of American Idol), guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, and Orianthi (as seen along side Michael Jackson in “This is It”).

With that being said, I have seen many attempts at doing the original justice, and only ONCE have I seen it work, as seen below by jazz guitarst Stanley Jordan:

You can purchase Mr. Jordan’s take here.

Being the fan that I am of cover songs, I look forward to hearing Mary J. Blige’s rendition, but I am not sure if it will move me half as much as Mr. Jordan’s take.

I welcome your thoughts.