The two megastars are thought to be planning on rounding up other top names in music to perform at the event, which will raise vital funds to help Ebola victims. Bob confirmed earlier this week that he and Midge Ure will be making a new version of classic charity hit Do They Know It’s Christmas? with a host of well known singers to also raise money for the crisis. “Jay Z and Kanye heard about the charity single happening in the UK and decided the US should do something. So they’ve planned to host and perform at a gig and give the proceeds to Ebola victims,” an insider told British newspaper Daily Star.
‘Jay Z and Kanye heard about the charity single happening in the UK and decided the US should do something’
“Obviously Beyoncé [Jay’s wife] will perform, but they’ve been asking big names in the US to be part of the show.”
The Band Aid 30 single will see stars including Adele, One Direction and Ed Sheeran take to the mic to lay down lyrics for the ensemble song, which was first released in 1984 to raise funds for the 1983 - 1985 famine in Ethiopia.
Across the pond Jay and Kanye are also said to be eyeing up A-list stars for their gig.
“Rihanna, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Stevie Wonder are top of their list and providing their schedules work, they’d all be up for it,” the source divulged. "They know it will be huge, but their aim is to make it the biggest show on earth.
“Both Jay and Kanye are horrified by the spread of Ebola and want to do everything they can to help. They wanted to do something different to Band Aid, and thought that a gig would be a great idea. They know that a show with their backing will get a lot of publicity.”
It’s also thought other versions of Band Aid 30 will be released by American artists and singers in Europe.
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