Bob Geldof has asked fans to download, delete and then redownload the new Band Aid single in an attempt to raise more money, even though an iTunes loophole means that this method wouldn’t raise any more money for the charity.
The new version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’, released last week (November 17), was recorded to raise money to help combat the spread of Ebola.
Over the weekend, Geldof told BBC Radio 1: “We need to sell 300 per cent more than we did than [in 1984] to even begin to make up the cash figure. That worries me… Even if you already have it, delete, download again.”
However, iTunes allows users to delete songs they’ve previously download and then redownload the song again for free, rendering Geldof’s request redundant. Instead, it is suggested that Apple users simply ‘gift’ the track to other users if they want to raise additional funds.
‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ has reached Number One in the UK, selling 312,000 copies digitally alone in its first week. It will be released physically on December 8.
Band Aid 30 features the likes of Bono, One Direction, Elbow, Bastille, Queen’s Roger Taylor, Rita Ora, Jessie Ware, Ed Sheeran, Clean Bandit, Paloma Faith, Emeli Sandé, Ellie Goulding and more.
Over the weekend, Emeli Sandé shared her unhappiness with the lyrics to the Band Aid 30 single, suggesting that the charity effort would benefit from a whole new song.
Sandé, who had recorded her own revised lyrics which were not used on the final cut, said: “I am so proud of my Zambian heritage. No offence or disrespect to the beautiful and prosperous continent was ever intended. I apologise if the lyrics of the song have caused offence. I wish the changes had been kept but that is out of my control.”