Friday 19 July 2019

1D lined up for new Geldof's new Band Aid single

One Direction, (L-R) Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne pose for photographers at the world premiere of their film
One Direction, (L-R) Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne pose for photographers at the world premiere of their film "One Direction: This is Us", in London August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Neil Hall (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY) - RTX12RO6

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One Direction have reportedly agreed to appear on a charity Christmas single.

In 1984 Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure masterminded Do They Know It's Christmas? Some of the biggest names in music at the time - including Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Sting and Bono - lent their vocals to the song, which was to raise money for the 1983 - 1985 famine in Ethiopia.

The pop stars went by the name Band Aid and to celebrate its 30th anniversary Bob is putting another song together. It's claimed that One Direction's Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson have already agreed to lay down vocals later this month.

"[They] were among the first stars on the organisers’ list and they jumped at the chance to get involved," an insider told British newspaper The Sun.

“As with previous Band Aid releases, there’s likely to be a mix of credible and pop acts featuring on the recording."

Many other stars have also been tapped for the song, with Adele said to be among them. Florence Welch is also thought to have been approached, along with Ben Howard and Alt-J.

It's thought the pop supergroup will record a new version of Do They Know It's Christmas?, with the UK publication suggesting proceeds to will go to help the Ebola crisis in Africa.

Bob is thought to have started approaching artists earlier this month.

In 2011, the musician spoke about the effect of Band Aid. While he isn't necessarily proud of Do They Know It's Christmas? he is pleased that something he was involved with had such a massive impact on so many.

"When I hear it now, at [a supermarket] when I'm getting my turkey, I'm not really embarrassed. I was – I didn't think it was a very good song. I'm a musician, and from that point of view, 'Oh, god,' you know?" he said.

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