July 16, 2009 / 3:00 AM / in 8 years

"We are the World" in charts after Jackson tribute

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Last week’s star-studded public memorial for Michael Jackson helped send “We Are the World” onto the charts for the first time since it came out in 1985.

<p>Members of the media gather outside the entrance to the offices of Dr. Arnold Klein in Beverly Hills, July 14, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>

The charity tune, which Jackson co-wrote with Lionel Richie, was revived at the July 7 memorial when the performers, friends and family members gathered on the Staples Center stage at the end for a sing-along.

The original track, credited to USA for Africa, debuted at No. 50 on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs chart on Thursday. In 1985, it topped Billboard’s Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Adult Contemporary charts.

Other Jackson entries on the Hot Digital Songs chart included “You Are Not Alone,” which jumped 11 places to No. 17; “Human Nature,” reinvented at the celebration as a guitar instrumental by John Mayer, which rose 26 places to No. 21; and “I’ll Be There,” covered at the event by Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz, which rose nine to No. 31.

Editing by Dean Goodman at Reuters

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