Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure care about fighting Ebola and they want to put a Band Aid on the prevailing disease in West Africa.
The duo created Band Aid in 1984 and proceeds from the charity super-group’s album sales were used to fund relief efforts for victims of the 1983-1985 Ethiopian famine. This year, the Live Aid founders are seeking donations to assist with the ongoing Ebola crisis.
The model for a super-group is fairly efficient, simple and effective, which is probably why it hasn’t changed much at all since 1984. First, you find every hit-maker in a 100-mile radius, like Duran Duran’s John Taylor, Phil Collins, Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp and Culture Club’s John Moss, and then you pack them in a studio and let the magic happen. (And it does happen.)
Band Aid 30 was approached in much the same way, except the mix of vocalists is arguably richer in diversity, including Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, U2’s Bono, Queen’s Roger Taylor, Underworld, Sinead O’Connor, One Direction and Angélique Kidjo (touted as “Africa’s premier diva'” by Time magazine).
In its inaugural form, Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” rose to the top of the charts, but will it see the same financial success 30 years later (factoring in, of course, that a new version was released just 10 years ago in 2004)?
The answer is a definitive yes – the song, which was available only via pre-sale until yesterday (Nov. 17), has already sold 206,000 copies.