Really, you should be listening to music every day, but thanks to Twitter, Monday has become the best day of the week to discover new songs, show some love to the tune currently dominating your iPod playlist and quietly judge the listening habits of your closest friends. Yes, it’s #MusicMonday, one of Twitter’s most enduring trending topics. Hence “MTV News’ #MusicMonday,” a weekly look at the songs your favorite stars are currently crushing on.
This week, producer RedOne endorses the new all-star version of “We Are the World,” which features the likes of Lil Wayne, Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson and dozens more.
Friday night (February 12) not only saw the beginning of the 2010 Winter Olympics (where MTV News has been providing constant updates on all the frosty action in Vancouver) but also the premiere of the new edition of “We Are the World,” the charity single put together to raise money for earthquake victims in Haiti. Just as they did with the original version, Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones recruited some of the biggest stars in the music world to join in, from the Jonas Brothers to T-Pain to Pink to Janet Jackson.
Richie and Jones also brought in producer RedOne (best known for his work with Lady Gaga on tracks like “Just Dance” and “Bad Romance”) to flesh out the sound of the new version of the song, and the producer is extremely happy with the final product. “It’s my favorite song right now,” RedOne told MTV News while in the studio tinkering with the song. “I’ve been listening to it since the day I started working on the track, and I’m loving it. The closer it’s coming to being finished, the better it sounds.”