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One Direction and Ed Sheeran join Band Aid charity single in aid of Ebola crisis

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Story by Jack Foley

ONE Direction and Ed Sheeran are among the artists who have agreed to join a fourth version of the Band Aid charity single, Do They Know It’s Christmas?

They will join other confirmed artists Elbow, U2’s Bono, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Emeli Sande, Underworld, Sinead O’Connor, Paloma Faith, Foals and Bastille, who have given up two arena dates to record their contribution.

Co-writers Bob Geldof and Midge Ure said the song’s lyrics would be changed to reflect the Ebola crisis.

The new version will be recorded this Saturday (November 15, 2014) and should be available for download on Monday morning.

The download will cost 99p, while the CD single – which will follow three weeks later – will retail for £4.

The song will not be made available on Spotify and other music streaming services until January.

The outbreak of the Ebola virus has killed nearly 5,000 people in several West African countries with the worst affected countries being Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The disease, which is spread by body fluids, such as blood, sweat and saliva, shows no sign of being stopped and UN and aid agencies have pleaded for much more assistance, especially health workers to go to the affected countries.

Geldof told a press conference on Monday: “We should gather the pop crowd together to do our thing.”

The original version of Do They Know It’s Christmas? was released in 1984 and sold 3.7 million copies, raising £8m for famine relief in Ethiopia.