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Band Aid charity single set to go on sale

The cover of the new Band Aid single which goes on sale today. Credit: Band Aid 30

The Band Aid charity single hits shelves today and is the bookies favourite to become the Christmas number one.

The reworked version of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' features stars including One Direction, Bono and Ellie Goulding, and is expected to raise millions to help fight the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

The Treasury agreed to waive VAT on the single's sales so every penny will help the charity effort.

The single premiered on Sunday night's X Factor results show, and Bob Geldof made a special appearance to urge people to buy it.

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New Band Aid single will raise money for Ebola crisis

Stars of today are joining together to record a new version of the classic Band Aid song 'Do They Know It's Christmas' to raise funds for the Ebola crisis.

Sir Bob Geldof, along with current chart singers, will start recording the updated Band Aid track this weekend.

ITV News correspondent Neil Connery reports:

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Adele and One Direction amongst artists to be involved with Band Aid 30

Adele will be involved with Band Aid 30. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure have confirmed some of the artists that will be involved in the Band Aid 30 track.

  • Adele
  • Bastille
  • Bono
  • Chris Martin
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Emeli Sande
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Ollie Murs
  • Sam Smith
  • One Direction

Vow over 1D Doncaster cash pledge

One Direction fans who pledged to pay into Louis Tomlinson's failed crowd-funding attempt to take over Doncaster Rovers football club will not lose any money, according to the website.

John Ryan who is Louis' business partner, told Calendar this evening that the attempted takeover of the League One football club is now "off."

Louis Tomlinson Credit: PA

The pair failed to reach a £2 million target on Crowdfunder.co.uk by today's deadline.

But in line with the website's investor rules, people who pledge money to a scheme that does not reach its target do not part with their cash.

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No Rovers takeover announcement today

Doncaster's scheduled press conference to announce the proposed takeover of the club by Louis Tomlinson and John Ryan has been cancelled.

Louis Tomlinson linked with takeover at Doncaster Rovers Credit: Press Association

The club and One Direction band member Tomlinson had been hoping to make a formal announcement on Wednesday after a press conference planned for last Friday at Wembley was postponed.

A deal has yet to be concluded, Press Association Sport understands, and talks are ongoing regarding issues connected with Tomlinson's image rights.

The club made no comment on the matter, but a further statement is expected later this week.

Tomlinson is scheduled to perform with his One Direction bandmates in Sweden on Friday night as the next leg of their World Tour gets under way and both parties are hoping to conclude a deal before then.

Doncaster confirmed at the end of last month that they were in talks with Tomlinson's representatives about a possible takeover.

The club made no comment on the matter, but a further statement is expected later this week.

Tomlinson is scheduled to perform with his One Direction bandmates in Sweden on Friday night as the next leg of their World Tour gets under way and both parties are hoping to conclude a deal before then.

The Doncaster-born singer and lifelong fan is registered as a player for Rovers and played for their reserve team in February.

He has linked up with former chairman Ryan to launch a buy-out of the club, who were relegated to Sky Bet League One last season.

Tomlinson's Rovers takeover stalls as 1D management intervene

The proposed takeover of Doncaster Rovers by One Direction's Louis Tomlinson and the club's former chairman, John Ryan, will not be going ahead today.

Louis Tomlinson Credit: Press Association

There were hopes that the deal would be concluded by this evening.

ITV Calendar understands that the current board have agreed to sell, but a last minute intervention by Louis' management team has led to what is hoped will just be a brief postponement.

Doncaster-born Louis is a lifelong Rovers fan, and played for the reserves earlier this year.

Talks "ongoing" over One Direction star's Doncaster Rovers bid

ITV Calendar understand talks are "ongoing" over a deal for One Direction's Louis Tomlinson to buy Doncaster Rovers football club.

Louis Tomlinson Credit: Press Association

The singer was first linked with a bid to buy the club at the end of May.

Doncaster born Tomlinson had previously played for Rovers in a friendly match and has close links with the club.

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