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Stars line up for Band Aid III

But no Michael, McCartney or Bowie for hit song remake


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LONDON, England -- Noel Gallagher, Damon Albarn, Jamelia, Coldplay, The Darkness and Travis have been lined up to sing in a new version of Band Aid's original mega-hit "Do They Know it's Christmas?" British media reports say.

Bob Geldof and Ultravox singer Midge Ure are teaming up to re-record the song 20 years after the original topped charts around the world, with proceeds going to famine relief in Ethiopia and Sudan.

"Sworn enemies" Gallagher and Albarn have buried the hatchet to sign up for Band Aid III, The Sun newspaper reported Friday.

Blur's Albarn, 36, and Oasis star Gallagher, 37, will join Coldplay's Chris Martin, Travis's Fran Healy, Jamelia and The Darkness to re-record Band Aid's 1984 hit, the tabloid said.

Other big names being lined up include Dido and Robbie Williams. Ure, who co-wrote the charity song with Geldof, 53 -- is masterminding the track. It is likely to be recorded at a London studio on November 14.

Ure, 51, told The Sun: "Noel said he's going to do it and I heard Damon is going to do it as well, but as one of the Gorillaz. Katie ... has offered her services

"So whether he's going to actually be in the studio or whether it's going to be a cartoon character, I don't know. But they're both going to do it."

The track will be produced by Radiohead guru Nigel Godrich, while Ure wants U2 frontman Bono to sing his original line: "Tonight thank God it's them instead of you."

Ure said The Darkness star Justin Hawkins asked to sing the famous lyric -- but that he would prefer Bono to have the honor.

"I'm still waiting to hear back from Robbie Williams and Keane. But it now seems to have really taken off and people are desperate to be part of it. It's a great idea -- the 20th anniversary of something quite magnificent."

Jamelia told The Sun: "I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to be part of it. It's important for my generation to realize we can try to change things.

"I was only aged three the first time around so I'm really pleased I can help to bring awareness to a generation that missed it."

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Albarn: Said to have "buried the hatchet" with Gallagher for charity.

Geldof and Ure created Band Aid, a supergroup of 40 artists, in 1984 and with the hit single raised over £10 million ($18.25m).

A spokesman for Coldplay told the UK's Press Association that the band had been approached by Ure and were awaiting further development on the project.

Many of the original acts -- including George Michael, Paul McCartney and David Bowie -- will appear on the new record.

Ure told Sky News: "They did it the first time around. We've got to get new guys on board, a bunch of people who were far too young the first time.

"My dream line-up has acts like Radiohead, The Darkness, Noel Gallagher, Robbie Williams, Keane and Coldplay. Can you imagine the harmony at the end of the song with The Darkness on guitar? It will be fantastic."

Ure said he was racing against time to get the song recorded in the next couple of weeks.

"I didn't know anything about this until Friday evening when I spoke to Bob. I told him, 'it's a great idea, let's go and do it.' "I spent all day yesterday and today phoning people up and saying 'it's going to happen.'

"It's got to be done very soon, in the next couple of weeks, so we can get it turned around and out there in time for Christmas," he said.

The line-up is to go by the name Band Aid III -- the song was re-recorded in 1989 with acts like Rick Astley, Luke Goss, Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan making up Band Aid II.

Geldof, who traveled to Ethiopia earlier this month as part of the British-sponsored Commission for Africa, became the public face of Band Aid and the subsequent Live Aid concert which raised over £60 million ($110m).


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