Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Bono and One Direction among the artists who feature on the track
The new Band Aid 30 charity single has been unveiled on tonight’s (November 16) episode of ITV’s The X Factor.
Bob Geldof also made an appearance on the show, giving an impassioned introduction to the latest version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ and urging viewers to purchase the track to help combat the spead of Ebola.
The piece opened with the harrowing image of a woman suffering from the disease in West Africa. But in keeping with the tradition of previous versions, the video itself primarily comprises of footage shot during the recording sessions, which took place just yesterday at Sarm Studios in West London. A number of high profile pop stars and musicians worked on the track, including Bono, Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Rita Ora and Sinead O’Connor. Click above to watch the new video.
This updated edition features some altered lyrics, such as, “Well tonight we’re reaching out and touching you” to replace Bono’s original line “Well tonight thank god it’s them instead of you.” The single will be available to buy online from tomorrow (November 17) with the physical release following on December 8.
The original song was released 30 years ago and featured George Michael, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Jody Watley and Boy George, among others. All proceeds went to relieve those affected by famine in Ethiopia. Two more versions of the track were released in 1989 and 2004.
Despite a big turnout of stars for the recording, Damon Albarn has questioned whether Band Aid 30 is a suitable way of tackling Ebola, suggesting that the project may patronise the whole of Africa. “Our perspective and our idea of what helps and our idea what’s wrong and right are not necessarily shared by other cultures,” he told Channel 4 News. “There are problems with our idea of charity, especially these things that suddenly balloon out of nothing and then create a media frenzy where some of that essential communication is lost and it starts to feel like it’s a process where if you give money you solve the problem, and really sometimes giving money creates another problem.”