On Sunday night, Bob Geldof released his latest version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” on UK’s The X Factor. Earlier this month, the Boomtown Rats frontman announced his intentions to record the single for a fourth time (it was originally recorded in 1989 and 2004, with the proceeds going towards famine relief) and his full line-up for the latest version includes; Jessie Ware, Robert Plant, Bono, Chris Martin, Sam Smith, Queen drummer Roger Taylor, Ellie Goulding, Underworld, Sinéad O’Connor, Bastille, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Elbow, Rita Ora, Paloma Faith, Clean Bandit, Olly Murs, Seal, Jimmy Napes, Emile Sandé, Angélique Kidjo, and Fuse ODG. Geldof’s co-writer Midge Ure is on there as well.
And although Disclosure was listed in the original line-up, one of their representatives denied their participation in a statement to Pitchfork and said, “No planned remix or involvement of any kind unfortunately,” despite the duo being listed on press materials and the Band Aid 30 website.
The single went on sale yesterday and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s doing quite well. Geldof told BBC Radio 1, “From what we’ve seen from iTunes, it’s gone bonkers. Within four or five minutes we had a million [pounds].” Since the proceeds are going to charity, iTunes is waiving its usual service fees and the song is tax exempt in the UK.