Organiser also confirms alternative mixes of track will be made available
Bono asked Bastille for a photograph at the Band Aid 30 recording, according to organiser Bob Geldof.
Speaking on commercial radio chart countdown The Vodafone Big Top 40 yesterday (November 23) when the charity single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ was announced as the week’s Number One, Geldof said that the U2 frontman was in demand among the younger artists.
Geldof said: “You get 1D, and you get Ed [Sheeran] and Ellie [Goulding] and Rita [Ora], and they haven’t met Bono or Chris Martin before. And like the Bastille guys, Bono went over and said, ‘Can I have a picture with you?’ to the Bastille guys, and they nearly fell over!”
Geldof also revealed that there are still plans to issue alternative mixes of the song focusing on specific artists.
“I just sat there listening to them going ‘this is exceptional’,” said Geldof of the recording session. “So I just said, ‘We have to have a mix of just the girls singing, they are phenomenal – we can’t just have two lines’. And then we’d have the boys, then we’d have the mixed doubles, and then maybe individual ones with the guys who sang the whole song.”
Asked if that meant there might be versions available sung entirely by the likes of Ed Sheeran or Sam Smith, Geldof said: “Yes, I’d like that to happen. Honest to God, I’m serious, it’s a shame if these versions don’t come out. As performances they’ll just knock you sideways.”
The single also went straight to Number One in the rival Official UK Singles Chart, selling 312,000 copies. The single outsold the rest of the Top Five combined and has made the most first-week sales since 2012, when X Factor winner James Arthur shifted 489,000 copies of ‘Impossible’.
The new version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ has been recorded to raise money to help combat the spread of Ebola. It has already raised £1 million since going on sale last Monday (November 17), according to Sir Bob Geldof.