Stars on FOX’s hit television series “Glee” have recorded a special Christmas song for charity, creating a way for their fans to give back this holiday season.
“Glee” actors including Lea Michele and Cory Monteith have recorded their own version of Band Aid’s 1984 hit song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Proceeds will go to The Band Aid Charitable Trust, which combats famine, poverty, and other projects in developing countries.
“Glee” is providing fans with the opportunity to not only enjoy their music, but to also contribute money in order to lessen the suffering of those in need.
“Glee’s” version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is available for purchase on iTunes, where 91 cents will be donated from each purchase as well as 100 percent of the artists’ and label’s share.
The 1983 hit Christmas song was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure who recognized the famine in Ethiopia. Geldof released a statement about the actions of the “Glee” cast, calling it “entertainment with a purpose.”
“The reverberations of this little song continue down the long 26 years since Midge Ure and I wrote it,” said the songwriter. “It could not be more timely now that ‘Glee’ with its vast global audience of young people re-introduce it to a whole new constituency who are probably unaware of the great tragedy unfolding amongst the hungry, poor, and dying of Somalia as a result of drought and a bitter and pointless civil war. This song was made specifically with that intent.”
Geldof continued, “Band Aid would like to thank from the bottom of its heart all the producers and actors of ‘Glee’ who have gone beyond their normal brief of entertainment and entered into the spirit and understanding of that recording and its artists 26 years ago and its many subsequent iterations, by opening their website to the topic of poverty and the poor and linking it through to the Band Aid and the ONE Campaign sites.”
Watch the video of “Glee” performing “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” here.
Also, watch the 1984 original version of the song here.