It’s been 30 years since the original recording of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” the iconic song written by Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for the victims of the 1984 Ethiopian famine, and a new generation of artists have come together to re-record the charity single to help efforts to fight Ebola and care for its victims.
U2’s Bono, One Direction, Rita Ora, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Angelique Kidjo, Jessie Ware, Paloma Faith, Elbow, Emelie Sande, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, Seal, Queen’s Roger Taylor and Sinead O’Connor are all part of Band Aid 30, which was once again organized by Geldof and Ure.
The stars gathered at Sarm West Studios, the original studio where Live Aid was recorded thirty years ago in Notting Hill in London, last week to record the single and film a video, all within 24 hours.
Band Aid 30 can be pre-ordered on CD, which will be released on December 8th, or downloaded immediately through iTunes or Amazon. Fans wanting exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the recording can download the free BandApp on iTunes and Google Play.
The first version featured U2 members Bono and Adam Clayton, Phil Collins, James Taylor, Queen’s Roger Taylor, Paul McCartney, George Michael, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Jody Watley, Boy George and many more with all proceeds being donated to help fight poverty in Ethiopia.