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One Direction signed up for new Band Aid charity single

One Direction have reportedly been lined up to appear on Bob Geldof's new charity single - a 30th anniversary edition of the popular Band Aid track.

Sir Bob and Midge Ure masterminded Do They Know It's Christmas? in 1984, which is not only a classic festive track, but arguably the song that set the standard for the charity single.

Some of the biggest names in music at the time - including Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Sting and Bono - lent their vocals to the song under the name Band Aid, to raise money for the 1983-1985 famine in Ethiopia.

There was a 20th anniversary update in 2004, and now Bob is putting another song together to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

It's thought pop sensations One Direction will record a new version of the single, with reports suggesting that proceeds will go towards helping the Ebola crisis in Africa.

It's claimed that Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson have already agreed to lay down vocals later this month, according to one insider.

"[They] were among the first stars on the organisers' list and they jumped at the chance to get involved," they said.

"As with previous Band Aid releases, there's likely to be a mix acts featuring on the recording."

Many other stars have also been tipped to appear on the song including Adele, Florence Welsh, Alt-J and Ben Howard.