Music mogul Bob Geldof has confirmed the release of Band Aid 30, the fourth recording of single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ this time to raise money for Ebola.
Alongside Midge Ure, Geldof announced the song lyrics will be slightly altered in parts to be more fitting to the Ebola crisis. A handful of huge names have already been confirmed for the new song, including One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Adele, Chris Martin, Bastille, Elbow, Foals, Emeli Sande, Olly Murs, Paloma Faith, Sinead O’Connor, Ellie Goulding, Underworld, Jessie Ware, and U2’s Bono will be making a return.
The recording of the track shall take place this Sunday, and is said to be available for download the following Monday (November 17th). At today’s launch of the record, Bob Geldof stressed how important it was to actually purchase the song to help the cause.
“What I really want to stress is that this free music thing does not work for us at all. Like I said 30 years ago, it really doesn’t matter if you don’t like this song. It really doesn’t matter if you hate the artists. It really doesn’t matter if it turns out to be a lousy recording. What you have to do is buy this thing.”
The original Band Aid (above) was released 30 years ago, and helped raised a massive £8 million for famine relief in Ethiopia.