During last night's X Factor, we got our first look at the latest version of the festive classic "Do They Know It's Christmas," recorded by the Band Aid 30 charity supergroup, which includes One Direction, Rita Ora, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, and Ollie Murs to name but a few. The single, released as a digital download today, will raise money to help fight the Ebola outbreak, which has taken over 5,000 lives this year, mostly in West Africa.
This is the fourth version of the single to be released since the original 1984 creation of Band Aid by Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, which was created to raise funds to fight poverty in Ethiopia. In 1989, a new version was produced by Stock, Aitken, and Waterman as Band Aid II, featuring famous faces from the time, including Kylie Minogue, Wet Wet Wet, and Sonia.
In 2004, Band Aid 20 achieved a Christmas No. 1 with a rerecording that included artists like Robbie Williams, Busted, Chris Martin, Daniel Bedingfield, Sugababes, and a memorable rap bridge from Dizzee Rascal.
This year's offering features not only musicians but also three faces that may be familiar to YouTube fans: Zoe Sugg, Jake Sugg, and Alfie Deyes. It's the first time the lyrics have been significantly changed from the original, with even long-term Band Aid supporter Bono singing alternative lyrics this time around.