Band Aid 2014 climbs the iTunes charts

The 2014 release of the Band Aid track Do They Know It’s Christmas? is flying off the iTunes shelves after being released earlier this week.

Band Aid 2014 climbs the iTunes charts
It is currently lying third in the iTunes charts behind Irish artist Hozier with Take Me to the Church at number two, and American star Taylor Swift at number one with Blank Space.

Experts expect Do They Know It’s Christmas? to reach number one by the end of the week as more people become aware of it.

The news will come as some comfort to U2 frontman Bono, who is one of the key members of the Band Aid team. Unfortunately, he suffered facial and arm injuries earlier this week after being involved in a cycling accident at Central Park, New York.

Bono performed on the original Band Aid track back in 1984, and has become a figurehead for the charity. He is singing again this time, but also used many of his contacts in the music industry to get today’s top stars involved.

Next year will be the 30th anniversary of the first Live Aid concert, when Bob Geldof and Midge Ure gathered up the top music stars of the era and put together a stunning gig to raise money to combat the poverty in Africa.

This time the money raised will be spent trying to tackle the outbreak of the Ebola Virus in West Africa, which has already taken more than 5,000 lives. The World Health Organisation fear that figure could end up rising as high as 20,000 if more is not done to tackle the problem now.

As well as Bono, fellow Irish musicians Sinéad O’Connor and Niall Horan also feature in this year’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? as well as top stars such as Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora and Chris Martin.

Watch the video of the new Live Aid track now, and visit iTunes if you would like to purchase it.

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By Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling. His favourite Irish music bands are the Dropkick Murphys and the Pogues.