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article imageEd Sheeran, One Direction and Bastille to join #BandAid30

By Earl Dittman     Nov 10, 2014 in Entertainment
A star-studded line-up including Sam Smith, Bruno Mars, Elbow & Emeli Sande — have also volunteered to add their voices to the 30th anniversary version of Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" — to help in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.
At the #BandAid30 press conference held today in London, Bob Geldof (of The Boomtown Rats) and Midge Ure (of Ultravox) announced that Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Ellie Goulding, Bruno Mars, Adele, Sam Smith, Elbow, Bono (U2), Chris Martin (Coldplay), Emeli Sande, Olly Murs, Underworld, Fuse, ODG, Sinead O'Connor, Paloma Faith, Roger Taylor (of Queen), Foals and Bastille are just a handful of the artists confirmed to contribute to the fourth incarnation of the Band Aid charity single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (which was originally written by Ure and Geldof in 1984).
The song, which will produced by Paul Epworth (Adele, One Direction), will be recorded this Saturday (Nov. 15) in London (the members of Bastille cancelled two major U.S. arena dates to head back to England to record their contribution). According to Geldof, "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid 30 will be available on Monday, Nov. 17 for download for 99p ($1.49) and on a CD single for £4 ($6.36). (More details are available at
Midge Ure and Bob Geldof at the press conference for #BandAid30
Midge Ure and Bob Geldof at the press conference for #BandAid30
Spotify and the other major music streaming services will not make the single available until January 2015 in order for Band Aid 30 to raise well-needed money to combat the Ebola epidemic that has devastated the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. "Because they're extremely poor which is radically unacceptable," Geldof said West Africans suffering from the viral outbreak. "It makes me sick and makes me angry." Geldof went on to call Ebola "a filthy little virus" that renders its victims virtually "untouchable."
Both Bob Geldof and Midge Ure explained that some the lyrics of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" — which were written to shine a spotlight on the famine that ravaged drought-stricken Ethiopia in 1984 — would be "tweaked" to reflect the current Ebola pandemic. So, who will be singing lead vocals on the updated version of the Band Aid classic? Geldof and Ure explained that the lyrical parts have yet to be assigned, and they will probably not make the determination — about whom will sing what — until they are in the studio on Saturday with Ed, Emeli, Bono, Chris, Adele, Bruno, Sam, Ellie, the members of Bastille, Elbow and One Direction, as well as numerous other music superstars who are volunteering their time and talent.
"Thirty years ago people wanted to help and wanted to make a difference," Ure said in reference to the 1984 version, which featured such acts as George Michael, Bono, Boy George, Bananarama and Duran Duran, sold 3.7 million copies and raised £8m ($12.5m) for famine relief in Ethiopia. "We want that again."
The two veteran music-makers made impassioned pleas for pop music fans to buy the record (instead of watching it for free on YouTube) to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus, with Geldof adding, "Let's put this beast to bed once and for all."
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