Adele, One Direction and more confirmed for Band Aid 30 single

Bob Geldof assembles a killer line-up for his "Do They Know it's Christmas?" update

Thirty years later, and Bob Geldofis getting another star-studded lineup to ask the same question: Do they know it's Christmas time at all? Geldof is commemorating the 30th anniversary of Band Aid with a new version of the charity single, "Do They Know It's Christmas," with a line-up that includes Adele, One Direction, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Bono, it was confirmed today. Other guests on the single include a who's who of British artists like Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Emeli Sande, OllyMurs and Ellie Goulding. As far as we know, Bono is the only artist from the original scheduled to appear on the new version.


The original Band Aid single was released in 1984 and sold 3.7 million copies, raised more than $12 million for Ethiopian famine relief. Geldof and partner Midge Ure announced today that the new version will feature altered lyrics addressing the current Ebola crisis. "We should gather the pop crowd together to do our thing," Geldolf told the press today. "Thirty years ago people wanted to help and wanted to make a difference. We want that again."


The recording of the new single will take place Saturday, with the track available to download Nov. 17. A physical copy will also be made available, with cover art by artist Tracy Emin.


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