Twenty years after Bob Geldof and Midge Ure first organised charity record Do They Know It's Christmas?, the duo have brought in a new generation to re-record the song. - The line-up for the 2004 version includes Coldplay's Chris Martin, Robbie Williams, Dido, Joss Stone and Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins. - Soul singer Stone had not even been born when the original single was released. At one point during the recording she referred to Bob Geldof as Bob Gandalf.
- Madonna has recorded an introductory message for the song's video.