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Ebola: Band Aid 30 storms to number one slot

By Tim Moynihan

Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas? - which features a host of stars - stormed to the top of the singles chart yesterday.

The charity single, organised once again by Sir Bob Geldof, has shifted more than 312,000 copies to make it the year's fastest-selling single, the Official Charts Company said.

The track, with all proceeds going toward the fight against Ebola in west Africa, has outsold the rest of the top five combined.

The massive sales haul of Band Aid 30 - which features Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, One Direction, Rita Ora and Bastille among its star cast - outshines Band Aid 20's first-week sales in 2004 which sold 297,000 in its first seven days of release.

The 2014 version of Do They Know It's Christmas? has achieved this milestone without physical sales or streaming.

A spokesman for the Official Charts Company asked: "Band Aid 20 sold 200,000 each week for its first four weeks on sale - can Band Aid 30 keep up its sales momentum and beat its predecessor?" There have been some complaints over the song's content, with some of the lyrics changed to reflect the Ebola crisis.

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