Band Aid single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ goes straight to Number One with huge sales

Charity single becomes fastest selling single since 2012

The Band Aid 30 single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ has gone straight to Number One in this week’s Official UK Singles Chart, selling 312,000 copies.

The charity single, which features vocals from Bono, Chris Martin, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Jessie Ware and Paloma Faith among others, was established as the fastest selling single of 2014 so far on its first day on sale this week. The single outsold the rest of the Top Five combined and has made the most first-week sales since 2012, when X Factor winner James Arthur shifted 489,000 copies of ‘Impossible’.

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

This success of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ means that Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne had to settle for second spot with their single ‘Real Love’, a new entry at Number Two. Other new entries in this week’s Official Singles Chart include Olly Murs (3), David Guetta (5), Wretch 32 (8) and Rixton (12). Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are new at Number 26 with ‘In The Heat Of The Moment.’

In the Official UK Albums Chart One Direction are Number One with ‘Four’ selling 142,000 copies in its first week on sale. ‘Four’ is One Direction’s fourth album and the follow-up to 2013 record ‘Midnight Memories’.

Elsewhere in the Official Albums Chart, Bette Midler is new at Number Six with ‘It’s The Girls!’ while David Bowie compilation album ‘Nothing Has Changed’ is new at Nine and Katherine Jenkins enters at Number 10 with her latest album, ‘Home Sweet Home’.

There are a further seven new entries in the Official Chart Top 40 starting with Nickelback, who are at Number 12 with ‘No Fixed Address’. Other new entries come from Alfie Boe (14), Bryan Ferry (19), Daniel O’Donnell (20), Michael Ball (21) and Dame Shirley Bassey (24).
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