Band Aid 30: One Direction among celebrity line-up

The original Band Aid
The original Band Aid

Bob Geldof announces stars One Direction, Chris Martin and Paloma Faith among those to collaborate for fourth recording of Do They Know It’s Christmas?

The original Band Aid
The original Band Aid


When Do They Know It’s Christmas? was first released in 1984, everyone from Fortnum & Mason to a Plymouth butcher’s shop cleared their shelves to sell copies.

High Street stores were besieged by shoppers buying dozens at a time as festive gifts. The single raised £8 million to help victims of the Ethiopian famine.

Three decades on, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure are resurrecting the song to raise funds for the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

Although they have assembled another stellar line-up of pop talent, including the boyband One Direction and Chris Martin of Coldplay, their efforts may be undone by the internet.

In an era when music is delivered free online, Geldof fears that fans will watch the video on YouTube for nothing and fail to pay a penny to charity.

Read the full article here by Anita Singh at The Telegraph

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