One Direction's Star-Studded Christmas Song Remake Will Surprise You
Some of your favorite stars are teaming up for a song with a great cause. A new version of charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas" will help support Ebola relief in West Africa, and will feature One Direction, Sam Smith, Bono, Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran, Bastille, Sinead O'Connor, Elbow, Underworld, and more. This is the third follow-up to the song, which was penned by Irish artist Bob Geldof in 1984 to aid hunger in Ethiopia. Charity group Band Aid led the single alongside Bono, George Michael, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, and more, and two subsequent singles were released in 1984 and 2009. Geldof is updating the song to reflect the new Ebola angle, but the "feed the world" chorus line will still be the heart of the song.
There's also another US version on the way that will be just as star-studded. In 1985, Quincy Jones gathered stars like Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, and many more for "We Are the World." Another followed in 2010 — "We Are the World 25 For Haiti" — to support victims of the earthquake in Haiti, and a laundry list of musicians and actors from Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus to Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Kanye West, Jamie Foxx, and Adam Levine lent their voices.
The full artist lineups and further details are still to come, but in the meantime, listen to the original versions of both "Do They Know It's Christmas" and "We Are the World" below.