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Band Aid 30 CDs hit the shelves

Bob Geldof has launched a fresh round of Band Aid 30 fundraising to tackle Ebola as CD copies of the chart-topping single went on sale.

The revamped version of Do They Know It's Christmas - featuring stars such as One Direction and Chris Martin - has already been to number one following its release as a download last month.

Bob, who was behind the latest recording which aims to bring relief to Ebola-hit parts of Africa, marked the launch by visiting an Asda store at Trafford Park in Manchester.

The retailer has ordered 250,000 copies of the single, and has guaranteed £1 million to the fundraising total. It will also be stocked by other firms such as Tesco, Sainsbury's and Waitrose , along with Starbucks and HMV.

The £3.99 CD also includes the three previous Band Aid recordings and features a cover by Tracey Emin.

The track slipped to number 12 on Sunday for its third week in the singles chart and the physical release is expected to give a major sales boost.

Bob said: "We will try as hard as all of us can to really let as many suffering people as possible know it's Christmas after all."

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