Published Oct 07, 2014A new charity single has just been unveiled, and it's a collaboration of Band-Aid-sized proportions. It's a cover of the Beach Boys' classic love song "God Only Knows," and it was commissioned to celebrate the launch of BBC Music.
The track's newly unveiled music video features a staggering heap of stars. In addition to Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, the artists who have participated in the project include (deep breath): Pharrell Williams, Dave Grohl (of Foo Fighters, Nirvana), Lorde, Chris Martin (of Coldplay), Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Florence Welch (of Florence + the Machine), Kylie Minogue, Chrissie Hynde (of the Pretenders), Brian May (of Queen), Jamie Cullum, One Direction, Sam Smith, Jake Bugg, Emeli Sandé, Paloma Faith, Alison Balsom, Martin James Bartlett, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti, Eliza Carthy, Baaba Maal and Jaz Dhami.
Also on board here at BBC's own Zane Lowe, Lauren Laverne, Katie Derham, Gareth Malone and Jools Holland, along with the Tees Valley Youth Choir and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Below, watch an impossibly ornate video for the production, and marvel at the way Lorde stomps all over her line and witness how Chris Martin is by far the most natural fit of the bunch.
"All of the artists did such a beautiful job I can't thank them enough," Brian Wilson said in a statement [via the Guardian]. "I'm just honoured that 'God Only Knows' was chosen. God Only Knows is a very special song. An extremely spiritual song and one of the best I've ever written."
This song is being released as a charity single to benefit BBC Children in Need. It available through various streaming and download partners, and CD versions will also be sold.
This isn't the first time the BBC have organized a massive star-studded charity single, since they did something similar in 1997 for Lou Reed's "Perfect Day."