"I know everybody is gonna take this wrong: 'We Are the World', I love it, and I understand the point and think it's great," the New York Daily News quoted him as telling told MTVNews.com. “But I think 'We Are the World' is like (Michael Jackson's) 'Thriller.' I don't ever wanna see it touched," he added.
The new version of the 25-year-old song – which features stars from Barbra Streisand to Miley Cyrus to Lil' Wayne – is called "We Are the World: 25 for Haiti." The 1985 original was produced by Quincy Jones, who was also involved in the remake, and written by Jackson and Lionel Richie, who performed along with a veritable who's who of recording greats, from Tina Turner to Bob Dylan.