This record-breaking turnaround by Universal Music’s Mercury Records has only been made possible by the co-operation of artists and retailers, just as it was twenty years ago with the original Band Aid release.
The Band Aid 20 track can be downloaded for 1.49, and the “B side” – the 1984 recording – can be downloaded for 0.99. A special bundle of the two tracks can be bought online for 1.99.
As with the physical CD release of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” the proceeds from all sales will go to the Band Aid Trust to help famine relief in Africa. Arrangements for the international release of the recording are still being finalised.
The official download will be available from numerous download sites in the U.K., including: My Coke Music, Tiscali, NTL, Wannadoo, Virgin Megastore, MSN, Virgin.net, MTV, HMV, and Napster, as well as from www.buybandaid20.com which will also offer a link to pre-order the CD and the opportunity to make a financial donation to the trust.
The original Band Aid version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was recorded in London on November 25, 1984, and rush-released as a seven-inch vinyl single on December 7. It entered the U.K. chart at No. 1 on December 15, and stayed there for five weeks, selling more than three million copies.
The final line-up of artists on Band Aid 20 reads like a who’s who of contemporary British Rock, Pop, R&B and Urban Music.
Keane, Paul McCartney, The Sugababes, Skye (Morcheeba), Robbie Williams, Dido, Bono, Jamelia, Justin Hawkins (Darkness), Chris Martin (Coldplay), Fran Healy (Travis), Beverley Knight, Busted, Ms Dynamite, Danny Goffey (Supergrass), Katie Melua, Will Young, Natasha Bedingfield, Snow Patrol, Shaznay Lewis, Joss Stone, Daniel Bedingfield Rachel Stevens, The Thrills, Roisin Murphy (Moloko), Lemar, Estelle, Neil Hannon (Divine Comedy), Feeder and Dizzee Rascal.
Midge Ure is the executive producer.
Robbie Williams contributed his part from a Los Angeles recording studio. Dido was in another part of the world on Sunday and put her vocal part down from Australia.
The new recording of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” on Mercury Records, written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, will be available on CD single from Monday, 29 November.
The track was recorded at Air Studios in London on Sunday, 14 November, and was produced by Nigel Godrich, best known for his work with Radiohead.