LadBaby teamed up with MoneySavingExpert’s Martin Lewis to remake the Band Aid song Do They Know It’s Christmas? in their fifth consecutive Christmas number one attempt.
Social media star Mark Hoyle and his wife Roxanne (LadBaby Mum) were the first act to get permission to remake a Band Aid song, courtesy of Bob Geldof, Midge Ure and the Band Aid Trust.
They will be releasing a track titled Food Aid on December 16, with half of the proceeds going to the food bank charity Trussell Trust and the other half to the Band Aid Trust.
The first version by Geldof and co-author Ure of Do They Know It’s Christmas? raised £8 million for famine relief in Ethiopia.
They put together a group of musicians in 1984 for a charity single. It features Bono, the Irishman, Geldof’s colleagues, George Michael, Duran Duran, Phil Collins and Bananarama, among many others.
It helped inspire Live Aid concerts in London and Philadelphia on July 13, 1985, and the Sport Aid campaign in 1986, all of which raised an additional millions of dollars.
LadBaby and Mr Lewis, who appeared on the track with a number of undisclosed musical collaborators, are aiming to raise as much money as possible to help tackle hunger and poverty.
Couples Mark and Roxanne teamed up with Grammy Award winner Amy Wadge, who has previously worked with Ed Sheeran and Sam Ryder, to rewrite the festive song with traditional LadBaby humor.
Hoyles has raised more than £1.2m for the Trussell Trust through their chart-topping efforts and branded partnerships, but said it is committed to doing more when the crisis comes The cost of living got worse.
Last year, they made chart history by taking Christmas number one for the fourth year in a row, becoming the first musician to do so in 70 years of the Official Christmas Chart.
They took the top spot with the novelty track Sausage Rolls For Everyone featuring global superstars Sheeran and Sir Elton John.
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Speaking of this year’s effort, they said: “We were never meant to release a Thursday Christmas single but as Trussell Trust ambassadors we are not willing to sit idly by and not do anything. What in a year where people are having a harder time than ever.
“The Trussell Trust, which supports more than 1,300 food bank centres, told us the cost-of-living emergency has created a tsunami of demand, as people struggle to feed themselves. exist amid the rising cost of living.
“Working households, families and people with disabilities all face difficulties. So a few months ago, we approached Bob Geldof and Midge Ure and the Band Aid Trust for permission to remake the most iconic Christmas song of all time, Do They Know It’s Christmas?
“And we’re really honored that they agreed.”
The couple said they knew they needed to enlist “an icon” to launch this year’s campaign, so chose Mr Lewis, who they called “the people’s champion”.
Mr Lewis said: “When Mark and Roxanne suddenly contacted me to ask if I would be joining them on the Food Aid programme, I thought they mistook me for someone else.
“The closest I ever thought to Christmas number one was going to the bathroom on Gift Day after drinking too much orange juice the day before.
“However, when I knew they were serious and it was for the sake of the Trussell Trust, a hugely important charity with which I have a long history, I decided to give it a try and do it with pleasure.”
He said it was a ‘tough year for many’ amid the cost of living crisis and the inability to get better, so the need to help people across the UK He is “very profound”.
Mr Lewis added: “Hopefully this LadBaby song and their lyrics will raise funds and raise awareness.
Last year, LadBaby overtook music giants The Beatles and Spice Girls, the only other artists to score a consecutive hat-trick of festival number one.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/ladbaby-rework-band-aid-song-with-martin-lewis-for-christmas-number-one-attempt-42212260.html LadBaby remakes Band Aid song with Martin Lewis for first try at Christmas