November 17, 2014


Watch 1D, Sam Smith & More Cover Xmas Classic for Ebola Charity Single

UPDATE (11/17): It's here...and it's epic! Listen to the full version of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" above, which was recorded by an all-star cast of British singers. The music video shows acts like One Direction, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran and many more laying down their vocals in the studio and, at the end, singing as a superstar choir.

No Adele though. According to song producer Bob Geldof, he reached out to Adele's camp, but even the rep isn't able to get in contact with the "Rolling in the Deep" diva who isn't currently on her work grind.

Support the fight against Ebola by buying the song on iTunes or donating via the Band Aid website.

Original Story: Some of music's biggest stars are teaming up to combat the Ebola crisis with Band Aid 30. An all-star lineup will re-record the Christmas tune "Do They Know It's Christmas?" as a charity single. 

So, who's participating? Take a deep breath. This is big.

So far, the BBC reports the single features One DirectionEd SheeranU2's BonoColdplay's Chris MartinEmeli SandéBastillePaloma FaithFoalsSinead O'Connor and Underworld. They add that more acts are expected to be announced soon with many outlets whispering that fellow British talents like AdeleSam Smith and Ellie Goulding may join.

The acts will record the track November 15 with updated lyrics to reflect the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Since its release in 1984, "Do They Know It's Christmas? was re-recorded and released as a charity single in 1989 and 2004 with the track selling millions of copies to date. This is the latest mega-benefit track that combines star power with a good cause: Bob Geldof spearheaded the first Band Aid, which sought to raise funds to fight poverty in Ethiopia and featured Sting, George Michael, members of U2, Duran Duran, Kool & the Gang and more on the same track.

Stay tuned for more including the full song soon.