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Band Aid 30 tops the charts despite controversy

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

Band Aid 30 was already the fastest-selling single of 2014. Credit: Band Aid 30

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

But there have been some complaints over the song's content, with some of the lyrics changed to reflect the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

One Directipon, Ellie Goulding, Chris Martin and Ed Sheeran were all involved in Band Aid 30. Credit: Band Aid 30

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 with that version selling 297,000 in its first seven days.

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Emeli Sande in gets two Ivor Novello nominations

Emeli Sande looks set to continue her recent string of success with two prestigious songwriting awards nominations.

The singer, who performed at the Olympics ceremonies last year, could pick up a pair of Ivor Novello awards.

Emeli Sande has been nominated for two Ivor Novello awards Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Her track, Next To Me, is in the running to be named best song musically, and is also shortlisted for most performed work.

The annual awards which are in their 58th year are highly prized because they are voted for by songwriters and composers.

Emeli Sande wins best British female artist at Brits

Emeli Sande has won best British female artist at the 2013 Brit Awards. The award was presented by Taylor Swift.

Emeli Sande holds her Brit Award for best British female Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Since winning her Critics' Choice prize at last year's Brits, Sande has become one of the biggest stars in music.

Her album Our Version Of Events clocked up 1.39 million sales in the UK last year.

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Stars paid £1 each for Olympic opening ceremony performance

Sir Paul McCartney performs during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium. Credit: Reuters

Major stars such as Sir Paul McCartney who performed at Danny Boyle's Olympic extravaganza were paid a fee of just £1.

The tiny sum - a nominal fee for contractual purposes - contrasts with the huge payouts they could normally expect for a headline performance.

Others such as Mike Oldfield, Dizzee Rascal and Emeli Sande are also among the stars who are thought to have been paid the token figure.

Big names had originally agreed to play the show in the Olympic Stadium for free, but the inclusion of the £1 figure was to make the contract binding.

It means the star names were paid less than one-twentieth of the cost of the cheapest ticket for the ceremony. Seats ranged up to £2,012 for the best available.