Band Aid: 'Do They Know It’s Christmas?' Re-Recorded to Raise Funds for Ebola Fight
A re-recorded holiday classic will aid in the fight against Ebola.
— -- A holiday classic is hitting the airwaves in a new way this morning.
The video of the new version -- featuring One Direction, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, Christ Martin and others -- premiered Sunday night on Britain’s “X-Factor.” It will raise funds and awareness for the fight against Ebola, and some of the lyrics were revised to reflect the current crisis.
The song is available as a 99-cent download today, while a CD version will be available in about three weeks.
The effort was dubbed Band Aid, and the song was an enormous hit, raising more than 24 million for the cause.
The artists in the newest version arrived in London on Saturday to record the song. Many of them were not even alive when the song was first released. Bono is the only original Band Aid member to return for an encore.
“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” has been covered on other occasions to raise funds for charitable causes.
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Ure reiterated that this was a fundraising effort and issued a plea.
“All we can do is hope that Ed Sheeran and One Direction and everyone else plead with the fans not to stream this, not to download this for free," he said.
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