"It's something we wanted to see, but his mother requested it too, for Janet to sing with Michael," said Quincy Jones, who produced the original track and helped orchestrate the re-recording. "It was perfect. It was meant to be."
The video is set to make its debut Friday during coverage of the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics. "We Are the World — 25 for Haiti" features 80 artists, including Pink, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Kanye West and Jennifer Hudson.
Proceeds from sales of the song will benefit earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti.