With the holidays right around the corner, we’re about to begin to hear tons of Christmas songs on the radio and see the never-ending cycle of Christmas movies on the television screen (just look at the Hallmark channel).
One of the good things about the holidays is when artists come together to record a song whose proceeds will go directly to help support a charity.
Irish singer-songwriter, Bob Geldof has revealed plans to re-record U.K. charity single, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” for the fourth time since its debut in 1984. In the description of the song, it states that “it’s designed to fight the Ebola epidemic,” so we’re going to assume that they will help combat the Ebola epidemic with all the proceeds the track will make from sales.
For this version of the holiday charity single, the singer has revealed that he has gotten Bono, Ellie Goulding, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Underworld, Sinead O’Connor, Bastille, and Elbow to lend their vocals for the track. (We’re wondering how the Goulding and Sheeran will react to each other at the recording session after the “Don’t” chronicles.)
But, if that wasn’t enough, reportedly more acts will be revealed right before the recording session.
“We called up some of the giants of the past and our own contemporaries, equally giant, and they said they’d come again to the party, ” Geldof said in a press conference earlier in the day.
Paul Epworth who previously worked with One Direction and Adele has been tapped to produce the song.
Unlike the original version of the song which was created to help combat hunger in Africa, the newly record song will have change of lyrics to reflect the new battle at bay, but they will keep its iconic chorus.
“[And what] they were dying of in 1984 was of course hunger, but they died essentially because they were poor. We know we can contain Ebola; we have doctors, the nurses, medicines and state systems. We have money. They’re dying again because they are extremely poor. That is radically unacceptable,” continued Geldof.
Geldof confirmed Quincy Jones will be working on a similar version in the United States while there will also be a French and German version created.