Band Aid Trust And Mercury Records Announce Details Of Band Aid 20 single: Do They Know Its Christmas
Band Aid Trust And Mercury Records Announce Details Of "Band Aid 20" single. The Band Aid Trust and Mercury Records today unveiled the details of the new Band Aid 20 single which is being rush released for Christmas 2004.
The new recording of "Do They Know Its Christmas," written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984, will be in the shops on Monday 29 November 2004 with all proceeds from the single going to The Band Aid Trust. Funds will be targeted to help victims of the famine in the Darfur region of Sudan.
"Do They Know Its Christmas" by Band Aid 20, as its twenty years since the release of the original recording, will be released on one format only on CD and will retail at £3.99. The track will be recorded at Air Studios in London on Sunday 14 November and be produced by Nigel Godrich, best known for his work with Radiohead.
Already confirmed to appear on the track are: Midge Ure, Robbie Williams, Justin Hawkins, Dido, Chris Martin (Coldplay), Fran Healy (Travis), Beverley Knight, Jamelia, The Sugababes, and Skye Edwards (Morcheeba) Danny Goffey (Supergrass). Further names will be announced shortly as they are confirmed.
Robbie Williams will contribute his part from a Los Angeles recording studio. Controversial British contemporary artist Damien Hirst will design the sleeve artwork. The single is also being lined up as one of the biggest internet download singles ever with further details to follow, together with details of the b-side. Manufacturing plants are gearing up for one of the quickest turnarounds from record date to onsale street date.
On 23 October 1984, Bob Geldof turned on the BBC news and was horrified by a groundbreaking report by Michael Buerk from famine struck Ethiopia. He got on the phone to his friend Midge Ure and proposed that they write a charity song - Band Aid was born.
Midge Ure takes us back to that extraordinary day on 25 November 1984 at Sarm Studios in Notting Hill when 36 musicians gathered together in one studio. He talks to the original stars in the line-up including Bono, Sting, Boy George, Phil Collins, Simon Le Bon, Tony Hadley and Paul Young about turning the vision into a reality.
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