One Direction, Rita Ora, Bono, and More Re-Record "Do They Know It's Christmas?" to Fight Ebola
Thirty years after Band Aid released its famed Christmas anthem and raised millions to support relief efforts in Ethiopia, Bob Geldof and Bono have hit the studio once again to fight Ebola—with a string of new A-list friends in tow. The re-recorded, re-released version of "Do They Know It's Christmas," which made its YouTube debut yesterday afternoon, features veteran singers Seal, Chris Martin, and Bono (natch) as well as new faces, including Rita Ora, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, and all of One Direction. Some of the song's more well-known lyrics were also changed to reflect the new cause. For example, the famous line, "Well, tonight thank God it's them instead of you" has been replaced with "Well, tonight we're reaching out and touching you."
Apart from a grim opening which features an Ebola patient being carried out of a decrepit shack by two men in protective suits, the video echoes the 1984 original, showing the stars belting out verses in a recording room, and later conjoining as a group to sing the chorus, exchange hugs, and bob their hands along to the infectious melody. In a most impressive feat, both the track and video were completed in a mere 36 hours, with all proceeds from the sale of the song benefiting The Band Aid Charitable Trust, which helps relieve poverty in developing countries.