It’s been rumoured for quite some time now and until today it has been uncertain if Thom would join Band Aid 20. But the BBC reports that Thom Yorke has recorded his part for ‘Do they know it’s Christmas?” already. The song, to be released on November 29th, is being produced by long time Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich.
Midge Ure, the single’s executive producer, says which parts they use from which artists is still up in the air, and Bono is flying in from Ireland this evening.
It will be titled Band Aid 20 to mark the 20th anniversary of the original song, which featured stars such as George Michael, Duran Duran and Phil Collins. Sold on CD for £3.99 and also available as a download, the new version is hot favourite to be Christmas number one in the UK this year. Retailers expect to sell about 500,000 copies in its first week. Retailers Woolworths and Virgin Megastores will give their proceeds to the Band Aid Trust charity, while Chancellor Gordon Brown has decided not to charge VAT.
The Band Aid Trust spent more than $144m (£77.5m) on famine relief in Africa between 1985 and the release of a Live Aid DVD earlier this month. [thanks Andrew & Paul]