Glee to cover Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas
Published 12/12/2011 | 10:18
GLEE, the US TV show, is due to give Band Aid a boost worth millions of dollars when it sings 'Do They Know It's Christmas' on this week's show.
It will also feature on their Christmas Album this year. The original Do They Know It's Christmas went straight to No 1 in 1984, becoming the fastest-selling single in the country.
The show, which airs on Fox in the US, and Sky One in Britain, has pledged to donate 100 per cent of its net monies fromt he sales of their version of the 1984 hit.
Band Aid, a registered charity since 1985, has raised more than $190 million to support projects in Ethiopia, Somalia and East Africa.
Bob Geldof, who set up Band Aid, said of the news Glee were covering the song: "The reverberations of this little song continue down the long 26 years since Midge Ure and I wrote it.
“It could not be more timely now that Glee with its vast global audience of young people re-introduce it to a whole new constituency who are probably unaware of the great tragedy unfolding amongst the hungry, poor and dying of Somalia as a result of drought and a bitter and pointless civil war. This song was made specifically with that intent."
Since Glee burst on the scene in 2009, it has sold more than 36 million digital singles.