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USA for Africa Slide 2 Song sung by supergoup USA for Africa in 1985 Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie Produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian Slide 3 Sales are over 20 million copies One of fewer than 30 singles to have sold more than 10 millions copies world wide Slide 4 After Do They Know Its Christmas Harry Belafonte came up with idea for a benefit single also for African famine relief Slide 5 Historic event brought together some of the most famous artists in the music industry at the time Slide 6 Recorded January 28, 1985 Released on March 7, 1985 Topped music charts around the world Fastest selling American pop single in history Slide 7 Fans enjoyed hearing racially and musically diverse recording artists singing together on one track Slide 8 Won Grammy Awards, American Music Award, and a Peoples Choice Award Music video, home video, special edition magazine, books, posters, shirts Raised over $63 million from promotional items Slide 9 Harry Belefonte wanted to have money raised by United Support of Artists for Africa (USA for Africa) He also wanted to set aside money to help eliminate hunger in the U.S. also Slide 10 They started with Kenny Rogers and Lionel Ritchie on the list of artists Added Stevie Wonder for more name value Slide 11 Richie contacted Michael Jackson- Jackson had just released Thriller Jackson said he wanted to work on writing the song as well as singing Slide 12 It was top secret that they were going to record the song- they could not let the location out or else the artists would not have participated Slide 13 Night of the American Music Award ceremony 45 of Americas top musicians participated 50 artists had to be turned away Slide 14 Sign posted: Please check your egos at the door Stevie Wonder greeted everyone and told them that if it was not recorded in one take that he and Ray Charles would drive everyone home Slide 15 They changed a part of the lyrics after several hours of recording- and at that point Waylon Jennings left the studio The lyrics were changed to a line in Swahili and he said no good ole boy every sang in Swahili Slide 16 Recording started around 10:30 pm and finished around 8 am Slide 17 Opens with Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers, James Ingram, Tina Turner, and Billy Joel singing the first verse Slide 18 Michael Jackson and Diana Ross sang together next Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Al Jarreau sang second verse Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Daryl Hall sing second chorus Slide 19 Michael Jackson, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes next Bob Dylan and Ray Charles sang a full chorus Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen sang a duet Ray Charles and James Ingram adlib at times Slide 20 Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers, James Ingram, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Al Jarreau, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles Slide 21 Dan Aykroyd, Harry Belafonte, Lindsey Buckingham, Mario Cipollina, Johnny Colla, Sheila E, Bob Geldof, Bill Gibson, Chris Hayes, Sean Hopper, Jackie Jackson, La Toya Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Randy Jackson, Tito Jackson, Waylon Jennings, Bette Midler, John Oates, Jeffrey Osborne, Anita Pointer, June Pointer, Ruth Pointer, Smokey Robinson Slide 22 Record became the fastest selling American pop single in history Became the best selling single of the year Song became the biggest single of the 1980s Slide 23 Biggest selling single in both US and pop music history First single to be multi platinum 20 million sales of the single Slide 24 Record of the Year Song of the Year Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Best Music Video Slide 25 Cargo jets carrying food, medicine, clothing Stopped in New York, picked up high protein biscuits, high protein vitamines, medicine, tents, blankets, and refrigeration equipment Slide 26 Harry Belafonte- visited Sudan that same month Since its release- the song has raised over $63 million for humanitarian causes Slide 27 90% of money to go to birth control, food production, African relief 10% to domestic hunger and homeless programs in the uS Slide 28 Recovery and development projects were launched (agriculture, fishing, water management, manufacturing, reforestation) Helped in Mozambique, Senegal, Chad, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, and Mali Slide 29 Performed together at Live Aid At Bill Clintons inaugural celebration there was a performance (1993) with Clinton, Chelsea, and Hillary all singing it with many performers (Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, etc)