Adele snubs Band Aid single for Ebola

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Superstar singer Adele ignored Bob Geldof's calls to take part in his new Band Aid charity single, it was revealed, as the song debuted on British television.

Big names in British music such as One Direction, Bono, Robert Plant and Coldplay's Chris Martin featured in the Do They Know It's Christmas? video which Geldof presented on talent show The X Factor on Sunday.

But Geldof told The Sun: "Adele is doing nothing. She's not answering the phone." He was talking about the absence of the singer from his effort to raise money for charities fighting Ebola.

"She's not writing. She's not recording. She doesn't want to be bothered by anyone. She won't even pick up the phone to her manager. She's bringing up a family, you know," he added.

He conceded that "some people just don't think that they could make any impact at all by coming along", adding, however, that "there are voices here that are at least parallel to Adele. Sam Smith is her male equivalent".

A Band Aid source told The Sun newspaper that they made 100 calls to Adele, 26, who gave birth to a son in 2012.

The song is the 30th anniversary version of Do They Know It's Christmas? recorded by Geldof and singer Midge Ure in 1984 with other stars to raise money for famine victims in Ethiopia.

The new music video begins with graphic images of an Ebola victim's body being carried away, before switching to London's Sarm Studios where about 30 stars recorded the song last Saturday.

"There's death in every tear," sings Grammy-winning diva Angelique Kidjo, followed by a lyric from Martin: "The Christmas bells that ring there are clanging chimes of doom."

"Well tonight we're reaching out and touching you," Bono sings and Seal continues with: "Bring peace and joy this Christmas to West Africa."

The first Band Aid song became one of the best-selling singles ever and led to the hugely popular Live Aid concerts in 1985, which had a record-breaking estimated global TV audience of 1.9 billion people.

No live performance linked to the new Band Aid song is planned but Geldof, 63, said he hoped it will rise quickly in the charts after its digital release yesterday.

"We go to war. We're going to stop this thing. Buy this song," he said on Sunday.

"This isn't about me, it's not about you, it's not about them, it's about us," he said. "The reason they did this is that this thing could arrive here on a plane at any time."

The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 5,000 people since last December, according to the World Health Organisation, while infected cases registered worldwide has soared to more than 14,000.

 
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