Love it or hate it, there’s a Band Aid remake and it’s the fastest selling single of 2014.
In 1984, Band Aid brought famous musicians together to raise awareness and money to fight famine in Ethiopia.
In 2014, the song was remade with some of the old talent along with a new generation of musicians including Ed Sheeran.
The project has drawn a lot of criticism primarily because some find the words to the song offensive and patronizing to Africans. Check out this story that aired last week on NPR: ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ Raises Hackles As Well As Dollars.
I think Ebola is a bad thing and West Africa is a disaster and if some rich and famous people want to help raise money for it, then we should find the good in it and move on. Who cares if it’s schmaltzy? By the way, the song topped British charts last week. Despite all the criticism (see a sampling below), the song is #1 hit in the U.K., and it’s the fastest selling single of 2014.
I must be getting old. I listened incredulously to the remake of Band Aid’s classic song.I’m pretty sure I even shook my fist at the radio.
— Sherri (@sherriontherock) November 28, 2014