Band Aid 30 named fastest-selling single of 2014 after one day on sale

The updated track has sold 206,000 copies so far this week

The Band Aid 30 charity single has sold 206,000 copies so far this week, making it fastest-selling single of 2014 so far.

The new version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ has been recorded to raise money to help combat the spread of Ebola and was premiered on The X Factor over the weekend (November 16). It has already raised £1million since going on sale Monday (November 17), according to Sir Bob Geldof.

One Direction, Elbow, Bastille, Queen’s Roger Taylor, Rita Ora, Jessie Ware, Ed Sheeran, Clean Bandit, Paloma Faith, Emeli Sande and Ellie Goulding all took part in the recording of the track.

The new version is on par with the 1984 original, which sold approximately 200,000 copies in two days. It could also surpass the sales of Band Aid 20’s 2004 release, which sold a total of 297,000 in its entire first week.

It’s the biggest start to a sales week of any single since Military Wives’ Christmas Number One in 2011, which sold 556,000 copies.

This year’s highest-selling single in its first week was previously Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’, which sold 163,000 copies in its opening week in January.

“Band Aid 30 reflects all that is great about the British public and the British music scene,” said Martin Talbot, Chief Executive of the Official Charts Company. “Everyone expected a strong start from Sir Bob Geldof and his team, but they have outperformed expectations with a truly exceptional first day’s sales which has put it on course to being a record setter once more in 2014.”

The original song was released 30 years ago and featured George Michael, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Jody Watley and Boy George, among others. All proceeds went to relieve those affected by famine in Ethiopia, selling 3.75 million copies in all.

Two more versions of the track were released in 1989 and 2004. The first shifting almost half a million copies and the second, featuring Will Young, Dizzee Rascal, Coldplay and Robbie Williams, selling 1.18 million copies.
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