Jay-Z did not take part in the "We Are The World" remake because he did not think the song should have been remade.
The remake debuted on Friday night at the Opening Ceremony at the Olympics to benefit Haiti earthquake relief and many people were left disappointed.
"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. But I think 'We Are the World' is like [Michael Jackson's] 'Thriller' to me. I don't ever wanna see it touched," Jay-Z told MTV News.
"I'm a fan of music. I know the plight and everything that's going on in Haiti. I applaud the efforts: [Millions have been raised] through text [donations] to Haiti," he added. "So I appreciate the efforts and everything, but 'We Are The World' is [musically] untouchable like 'Thriller' is untouchable. Some things are just untouchable. It was a valiant effort, but for me, it's gonna be untouchable."
Jay Z admits that people should be original and think of new stuff rather than remaking old hits.
"I think it's time for us to make a new [song]," Jay-Z says. "I tried to do that with 'Stranded,' the song Jay, Rihanna and U2's Bono and the Edge premiered at the 'Hope for Haiti Now' telethon]. I didn't try to make 'We Are the World,' but I tried to make our take on how we felt."
We couldn't agree more with Jay Z! We need some originality in Hollywood. We're sick of all these remakes.