Paul McCartney, U2 frontman Bono, and Robbie Williams have committed to the forthcoming new recording of the all-star Band Aid charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas."

Paul McCartney, U2 frontman Bono, and Robbie Williams have committed to the forthcoming new recording of the all-star Band Aid charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas."

Other artists lined up to contribute to the record include Dido, Snow Patrol and Natasha Bedingfield. The single will be credited to Band Aid 20 in acknowledgement of the anniversary of the 1984 release, and issued in the United Kingdom on Mercury/Universal on Nov. 29. As previously reported, Midge Ure will executive-produce the project, and Nigel Godrich (Radiohead) will produce.

Travis frontman Fran Healy -- who will play guitar on the track -- tells Billboard.biz: "McCartney's doing it, Bono's going to sing his own line, [and] we're going to help out with some music, with Nigel."

McCartney will play bass on the track and Bono will reprise one of the most famous lines in the original lyric, "Well tonight, thank God it's them instead of you." Healy also says fellow Scottish act Franz Ferdinand is likely to come on board.

McCartney, Williams and Dido are understood to be recording their parts separately from the collective Nov. 14 session at London's Air Studios; Williams recorded the whole track in Los Angeles on Monday (Nov. 1). British artist Damien Hirst will design the sleeve artwork for the release, which will raise money for the Band Aid Trust's famine relief in Africa, specifically in the blighted Darfur region of Sudan.

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