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Lionel Richie (Picture from Instagram, @lionelrichie)
Lionel Richie (Picture from Instagram, @lionelrichie)

KUALA  LUMPUR: American singer Lionel Richie is thinking of coming up with a new rendition of We Are The World to raise money in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Bang, the 70-year-old American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist had no plans for the 35th anniversary of the famous tune at first.

But with the current viral pandemic gripping the world, it has since made the message of the song "so clear" according to Richie.

The hit charity single, which was released in 1985, featured a constelation of singing sensations at the time, which included the late Michael Jackson and Kenny Rogers, as well as Cyndi Lauper and Diana Ross.

It managed to raise USD63 million (about RM279 million) then to fight famine in Africa.

Richie said: "Two weeks ago, we said we didn't want to do too much (about the song) because this is not the time to sell an anniversary. But the message is so clear."

The American Idol judge added that although he had attempted to write new lyrics, he still found himself drawn to the original tune.

The chorus line for the original song goes, "There's a choice we're making, we're saving our own lives."

He said: "But every time I try and write another message, I write those same words."

Richie wrote the song with Jackson and recalled how the two came up with the powerful line.

in an interview with People magazine, he said: "That line came about as Michael and I were sitting there talking. We said, you can either say, 'I'm saving my life' or 'We're saving our lives.' We Are the World is a statement we wanted to make. What do we do to save our own?"

In such a divisive period of time, Richie added that the message remains even more important today.

"We were back to 'those people' and 'those people.' If you find yourself saying 'those people' then you are not thinking properly.

"What happened in China, in Europe, it came here. So if we don't save our brothers there, it's going to come home. It's all of us. All of us are in this together," he said.

The famous musician, who is currently staying at home with his family, added: "We are all hunkered down. Family is the key to this. It is the soother."

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