Do They Know It’s Christmas?
The song was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in response to reports of the 1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia. It was first recorded in a single day on 25 November 1984 by Band Aid. The single was released in the United Kingdom on 3 December 1984. It entered the UK Singles Chart at number one and stayed there for five weeks. The song was also a major success around the world, reaching number one in thirteen other countries outside the UK.
About Do They Know It’s Christmas? in brief
The song was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in response to reports of the 1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia. It was first recorded in a single day on 25 November 1984 by Band Aid. The single was released in the United Kingdom on 3 December 1984. It entered the UK Singles Chart at number one and stayed there for five weeks, becoming the Christmas number one of 1984. The song was also a major success around the world, reaching number one in thirteen other countries outside the UK. In the US, the single fell short of the top ten in the Billboard Hot 100 due to a lack of airplay, but it had sold an estimated 2. 5 million copies in the US by January 1985. Worldwide the single had sold 11. 7 million copies by 1989. In a UK-wide poll in December 2012, it was voted sixth on the ITV television special The Nation’s Favourite Christmas Song. It has been re-recorded three times: in 1989, 2004 and 2014. All the re-recordings were also charity records; the 1989 and 2004 versions also provided money for famine relief, while the 2014 version was used to raise funds for the Ebola crisis in West Africa. The original version of \”Do They Know It’s Christmas?\” has sold 3. 8 million copies of the single in the UK to date. It held this title until 1997 when it was overtaken by Elton John’s \”Candle in the Wind 1997\”, released in tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales following her death. It led to various spin-off charity events, such as Comic Relief, and the Live Aid concert which would take place seven months later in July 1985.
It also led to the recording of several other charity singles in theUK and in other countries, like \”We Are the World\” by USA for Africa. The single’s worldwide success in raising awareness and financial relief for the victims of the Ethiopian famine led to several other records being released. The current version of the song has sold more than 3 million copies. It is also the fastest selling single in UK chart history, selling a million copies in the first week alone and passing three million sales on the last day of 1984, on the way to displacing Wings’s \”Mull of Kintyre\” as the biggest-selling single of all time in UK. It became the fastest-selling UK single of the 1980s and 1990s, selling more than 1.5 million copies over the course of the decade. It’s also the second-highest selling UK single ever, selling over 1.6 million copies during the Christmas period in 1984 and 1985. The UK version has sold over 2 million copies since the release of Band Aid’s single in November 1984, and over 1 million copies worldwide since the single’s release in November 1985. A version of this song has been released as a single for charity, with the proceeds going to Save the Children and the Red Cross. The version released in 2004 has also been a UK million seller, with 1.8 million copies sold.