‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ Being Re-Recorded with One Direction, Adele, Sam Smith and More

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The charity Christmas classic “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is about to get a makeover.

Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure have announced that the Band Aid classic “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is to be covered once again, this time to raise funds for the fight against Ebola in west Africa.

The track, written in 1984 by Geldof and Ure to raise money for the famine in Ethiopia, is to be re-recorded by some of the biggest-selling British pop acts, from One Direction, Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran to Adele, Emeli Sandé and Ellie Goulding along with Bono and Coldplay.

“We called up some giants, and they said they would come again to the party,” Geldof explained in London on Monday.

Geldof said he’d “re-tweaked” some of the words to reflect the Ebola theme and called Quincy Jones about making another rival song with American artists, but he was emphatic that this is not a nostalgia trip for him. “I don’t like doing this stuff,” Geldof said. “It’s quite embarrassing calling people you don’t know, but it was that, more than anything else, that those people needed to be supported across the board, not just the people suffering from this filthy little virus.”

The track is set to be recorded Saturday and released a week from Monday, on Nov. 17.

Watch the original music video for the song below, and let us know you think of the remake plans.