I like this new version, but I’m not saying it’s better or worst than the original, I’m just saying I like it.
Older folks and those too attached to the original are not going to like it, and I think they won’t like it because of some of the performers (the kid that starts it off, Miley Cirus), as well as the auto-tune used by Lil’ Wayne and the rap influence.
I like how Michael Jackson was included, it would have been interesting to see how he would have been included if he were alive. And before you go on hating on the idea that Jackson was included, just remember that he co-wrote the song and helped get everyone together for the first recording, so it’s a nice little hat-tip.
Jamie Foxx does a little Ray Charles in his performance.
I’m sure a lot of folks aren’t going to get the Haitian influence by Wyclef Jean.