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Geldof: Band Aid 30 'raised £1m in just five minutes'

The Band Aid 30 single has already “gone bonkers” online, with more than £1 million raised in pre-orders within five minutes of its launch on X Factor yesterday evening.

Bob Geldof revealed online orders of the single, which counts One Direction, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran among its star-studded line-up, had already rocketed.

Original Band Aid creator Midge Ure with Bob Geldof, ahead of the Band Aid 30 recording Credit: PA

It's gone manic. That's the digital age. We promoted thesingle on X Factor, Simon Cowell gave us five minutes of the show last night.

Within four or five minutes of leaving the show we had amillion quid. That's extraordinary.

From what we're seeing now from iTunes it's gone bonkers.The pre-orders of the thing were ridiculous.

– Bob Geldof

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said the song was also set to be translated into French and German, though accused Germany of being “laggards” in the fight against Ebola despite being “the most powerful economy in Europe”.

It's as dangerous for them as it is for us. This thing is a flight away from us.

– Bob Geldof


Stars tweet support as Band Aid 30 single goes live

Stars featuring on the new Band Aid 30 single have been taking to social media to promote the song, which is now on sale.

Rita Ora tweeted and posted an image of herself with Pixie Geldof, 1D's Harry Styles and radio DJ Nick Grimshaw to Instagram, along with a plea for people to donate to the cause.

Rita Ora posted an image of herself with Pixie Geldof, 1D's Harry Styles and radio DJ Nick Grimshaw Credit: Instagram/Rita Ora

Meanwhile, Ellie Goulding and Pixie Geldof both posted details of how to donate.

The latest version of the single, which has been released to raise cash towards the fight against Ebola, was launched on X Factor yesterday and went on sale at 8am.

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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