‘We Are The World’ Documentary Coming To Netflix
As it approaches its 39th anniversary, a new documentary, “The Greatest Night in Pop,” promises an immersive journey into the iconic 1985 charity phenomenon, “We Are the World.” Premiering at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival on January 19, it will soon be accessible to a global audience via Netflix on January 29. Michael was at the top of his game when the charity single was created, just over two years since “Thriller” was released, and over two years away until his next album “Bad.”
Helmed by acclaimed director Bao Nguyen, this film is not just a retelling but a revelation, offering rare, unseen footage that chronicles the evolution of “We Are the World” from its conceptualization to the legendary recording session. The documentary will provide an intimate look into the creative process of Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, unveiling the behind-the-scenes efforts that united 46 world-renowned music stars in a historic collaboration. The studio, marked by Quincy Jones’ legendary directive, “Check your egos at the door,” became a melting pot of talent and ambition.
What sets “The Greatest Night in Pop” apart is its comprehensive narrative, featuring candid interviews with key artists like Richie, Bruce Springsteen, Smokey Robinson, Cyndi Lauper, Dionne Warwick, Huey Lewis, and Kenny Loggins. Additionally, it brings to light the perspectives of session musicians, engineers, and the production crew, each contributing to the tapestry of this extraordinary event.
The genesis of “We Are the World,” conceived by Harry Belafonte and inspired by Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, is a tale of artistic synergy and humanitarian spirit. Recorded at Hollywood’s A&M Studios (now Henson Studios) on January 28, 1985, this initiative saw artists convening directly from the American Music Awards, culminating in a song that not only shattered sales records with over 20 million copies sold but also raised an estimated $63 million for African humanitarian efforts. This documentary is set to be an enlightening homage to a song that became a beacon of global unity and charity.