YouTubers version of "We Are the World" goes viral

  • Article by: STAR TRIBUNE STAFF
  • Updated: March 6, 2010 - 12:41 PM

A Canadian musician harnessed the talents of 57 YouTube singers worldwide to create their own version of the famous song. It's topped more than a million views in two weeks.

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Images from the YouTubers version of "We Are the World."

A Canadian musician has harnessed the talents of 57 YouTube singers to create their own version of the famous song in a tribute to Haiti.

Up for only two weeks,  the video has reached 1.3 million views. Lisa Lavie, a Canadian singer and editor, came up with the idea after watching the 25th-year remake. She said she thought it would be great to get singers from all over the world to contribute to her version.

Lavie reached out to the singers, assigning them lines from the song, and received 57 videos within two days. She said the biggest challenge was editing the videos since the singers had different types of audio equipment and some did not use a mic - some were singing in their bathrooms and kitchens. It took her three days and one sleepless night to edit the project.

She has links in the video to the official We Are the World Foundation.

The recent "We Are the World: 25 for Haiti" can be seen here.

Lisa Lavie's YouTube channel.

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