Today in history in 1985 "We Are the World" USA for Africa was at the top of the charts!
It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian for the album We Are the World
. With sales in excess of 20 million copies, it is one of the fewer than thirty all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) copies worldwide.
The single was also a commercial success; the initial shipment of 800,000 "We Are the World" records sold out within three days of release.
The record became the fastest-selling American pop single in history.
At one Tower Records store on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, 1,000 copies of the song were sold in two days.
Store worker Richard Petitpas commented, "A number one single sells about 100 to 125 copies a week. This is absolutely unheard of.
By the end of 1985, "We Are the World" had become the best selling single of the year
Five years later it was revealed that the song had become the biggest single of the 1980s.
"We Are the World" was eventually cited as the biggest selling single in both US and pop music history.
The song became the first ever single to be certified multi-platinum; it received a 4× certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The estimated global sales of "We Are the World" are said to be 20 million.
To read more about this fantastic project, visit Wikipedia
. The list of people who participated in this project is phenomenal. Just reading about it makes you want to break out in song.....even if you can't sing a note!