Another world-class production

The charity anthem “We Are the World” has been rerecorded by 80 artists who came together in the same Hollywood studio where the original was cut 25 years ago.

Pink, Natalie Cole, Kanye West, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Wyclef Jean, Lil Wayne and Brian Wilson were among the stars on hand at Henson Recording studios Monday night to raise money for Haiti earthquake relief.

“This one, the enthusiasm, I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Lionel Richie, who wrote the original with Michael Jackson and oversaw the new version with music mogul Quincy Jones, who produced the 1985 anthem.

“We Are the World – 25 for Haiti” will premiere this month during coverage of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on NBC.

The original version featured 45 superstars including Jackson, Richie, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen and Cyndi Lauper.

It raised more than $30 million for USA for Africa, a nonprofit organization founded to fund hunger relief in Africa.

Practice run for Mayer

John Mayer put on a free show Tuesday night for University of South Carolina students who camped out in downtown Columbia outside his practice sessions.

“USC students: come watch us run the show tonight. Free,” Mayer said in a Twitter message sent at 6 p.m.

About 500 people gathered for the performance.

Mayer has been in Columbia this week rehearsing for his two-year world tour, which kicks off Thursday in Sunrise, Fla.

The birthday bunch

Actor Conrad Bain is 87. Singer Alice Cooper is 62. Actress Lisa Eichhorn is 58. Country singer Clint Black is 48. “Daily Show” correspondent Rob Corddry is 39. Singer Natalie Imbruglia is 35. Rapper Cam’ron is 34. Singer Gavin DeGraw is 33.


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