While Bob Geldof claims the singer snubbed calls regarding the single, a representative for Adele maintains that she chose to support the cause ‘with a donation’
A spokesperson for Adele has denied that the singer was ever booked to appear on Band Aid’s new, star-studded Ebola appeal. While Bob Geldof claims the singer ignored her manager’s calls, a representative for Adele maintains that she chose to support the cause “with a donation”.
Adele was part of Geldof’s initial announcement of the reformed Band Aid, who will record a new version of Do They Know It’s Christmas. But the star appeared to be a no-show, disappointing her fans and also, evidently, the organisers.
“Some people just don’t want to do it,” Geldof told The Sun. “Adele is doing nothing, she’s not answering the phone... she’s not writing. She’s not recording. She doesn’t want to be bothered by anyone. She won’t pick up the phone to her manager. She’s bringing up a family, you know.”
Contacted by The Sun, a spokesperson for Adele maintained that the singer should never have been listed as a participant in the project. “Bob and the organisers spoke directly with [Adele’s] management but at no point was she confirmed,” they said. Something similar happened to Foals, who were included in Geldof’s initial press release but then denied involvement in the song.
Instead, Band Aid 30 included the likes of One Direction, Bono, Elbow, Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé, Sam Smith, Angelique Kidjo, Ellie Goulding, Clean Bandit, Jessie Ware and Seal. After its premiere on last night’s X Factor, the single is available for purchase as of 8am this morning, selling for 99p. The government has agreed to waive VAT on the song, and according to an interview with Geldof on BBC Radio 4 today, the cause received “a million quid” within 4 minutes of the X Factor premiere.
Do They Know It’s Christmas? was first recorded in 1984 and raised £8m for Ethiopian famine relief. Similar subsequent campaigns took place in 1989 and 2004. For this staging, Geldof and co-writer Midge Ure changed several lyrics to fix earlier errors and to reflect the particularities of the Ebola crisis. Gone are the references to a continent without snow or rivers and now, instead of a line about African drought, there is one about how “a kiss of love can kill you”.
“It really doesn’t matter if you don’t like this song,” Geldof said. “It doesn’t matter if you hate the artists. What matters is that you buy the record.”
This article was written by Sean Michaels, for theguardian.com on Monday 17th November 2014 12.27 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010