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Band Aid 30 track to help in fight against Ebola

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HELP to fight the Ebola outbreak is pouring in from other quarters as well. The Project, Band Aid 30, is taking place almost 30 years after musician and philanthropist Bob Geldof invited some of the biggest stars at the time to record a charity single, to help those affected by famine in Ethiopia. Now a new version of the Band Aid song "Do They Know It's Christmas?" is set to work its magic in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.

Popular artists including British pop band One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande and Sam Smith, have all brought their musical talents together, to record their version of "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

U2's Bono is so far the only artist from the original line-up returning, with Coldplay's Chris Martin also contributing.

The song these artists will record in this West London studio, will hopefully help victims of the Ebola crisis.

There is of course, a historical precedent to this musical effort.

Back in 1984, this song raised 8 million pounds to help with relief efforts towards the famine in Ethiopia. That version featured George Michael, Sting and David Bowie. The song topped the charts the same year and sold millions of copies. The success of the single led to Live Aid in 1985, a transatlantic concert that raised an estimated 100 million dollars for Ethiopia.

The single has been re-recorded twice in 1989 and 2004. Proceeds of this year's version will benefit the Band Aid Trust "In the global fight against Ebola.


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