The Band Aid 30 single “Do They Know It's Christmas?” has topped the UK charts. The charity track, organised by Bob Geldof, with all proceeds going toward the fight against Ebola in west Africa, has outsold the rest of the top five combined and scored the biggest one-week sales since The X Factor's James Arthur moved 489,000 copies of his winner's single Impossible in 2012.
The new rendition of Bob Geldof and Midge Ure’s song is also the fastest selling single of the year, with more than 312,000 copies of the record sold since its release on 17 November which broke sales records of its pre-cursor, Band Aid 20 which sold 297,000 in the first seven days of release.
The track features Bono, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Sam Smith, Chris Martin, Rita Ora, Bastille, Ellie Goulding and Emeli Sande. The lyrics of the song have been changed to focus on the Ebola crisis in West Africa, although the project has been criticised by some for perpetrating stereotypes of the country. David Guetta is also set to give the single a dance remix makeover after Sir Bob Geldof approached him with the idea.
..... Devashree Goenka