The feel-good story of the day is that there’s a new Band Aid recording raising money for Ebola. The sticky behind-the-scenes story is the claim that Adele snubbed a request to participate.
Bob Geldof, who organized the first Band Aid recording 30 years ago to raise money for Ethiopian famine relief, claimed that Adele didn’t want to be bothered.
She looked to be a no-show this weekend when a star-studded cast – including Bono, Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Rita Ora, Sinead O'Connor and Seal – gathered to record a reworked version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas.”
A spokesperson for Adele denied that she ever was booked to appear and added that she chose to support the cause “with a donation.”
In an interview with Britain’s The Sun, Geldof seemed to throw the British songstress under the bus.
“Some people just don’t want to do it,” he said. “Adele is doing nothing, she’s not answering the phone... she’s not writing. She’s not recording. She doesn’t want to be bothered by anyone. She won’t pick up the phone to her manager. She’s bringing up a family, you know.”
The song was promoted on Britain’s “X Factor” Sunday night, leading to a quick round of donations that Geldof called “extraordinary.”
The song was released on iTunes on Monday, where orders have “gone bonkers,” he said.
To encourage people to actually buy it, it won’t be available for free on Spotify until January, the BBC reported.
“It really doesn’t matter if you don’t like this song,” said Geldof. “It doesn’t matter if you hate the artists. What matters is that you buy the record.”