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Charity single Do They Know It’s Christmas? has gone straight to No 1 in the UK and 62 other countries.

The Band Aid 30’s single shifted more than 312,000 copies last week, making it 2014’s fastest-selling single so far.

It is the fourth version of the track to be released, and featured artists include Bastille and Rita Ora. Each version has made it to No 1.

Organizer Bob Geldof said the UK version of the song is also number one in France and 61 other countries.

All proceeds from the song go towards the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

Bono, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Emile Sande and Ellie Goulding are also among those who perform on the single.

The song outsold the rest of the top five combined, scoring the biggest one-week sales since Impossible by the X Factor’s James Arthur shifted 489,000 copies in 2012.

The original Band Aid 1984 sold a million copies in the first week alone and became fastest-selling single at the time in the UK, raising £8 million ($10 million) for famine relief.

Sales of Band Aid 30 are expected to rise once a physical CD version is released on December 8.

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Bob Geldof has revealed that pre-orders of the new Band Aid single have been “manic” since its unveiling.

The Band Aid 30 organizer admitted he had been “a bit nervous” but said the response had been “extraordinary”.

One Direction and Ed Sheeran are among the performers on Do They Know It’s Christmas? to tackle the Ebola outbreak.

A video for the song, re-recorded to raise money to tackle the crisis in West Africa, was shown on ITV’s The X Factor on November 16.

The track is now available to download at a cost of 99p ($1.5). A CD version, costing £4 ($6), will be released in three weeks.

The current Ebola outbreak of the deadly virus was first reported in March and has killed more than 5,000 people, almost all in West Africa.

Bob Geldof and Midge Ure’s first version of Do They Know It’s Christmas? raised £8 million ($12.5 million) for famine relief in Ethiopia.

Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith and Coldplay’s Chris Martin also attended the recording of the song on Saturday.

According to reports, though, Adele did not respond to a request to take part.

Charity singles are also set to be recorded in the US, France and Germany, with Daft Punk and Carla Bruni among those said to be involved.

Bob Geldof, however, was critical of Germany’s response to the crisis, saying its leaders were not “doing enough” to tackle the epidemic.

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A new version of the Band Aid charity single has been recorded by stars including One Direction, Emeli Sande, Rita Ora and Ed Sheeran in a studio in London.

Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, Chris Martin and Bono also sang on the reworked Do They Know It’s Christmas?.

The recording, which comes 30 years after the original Band Aid, will raise money for the fight against Ebola.

The UK government has agreed to waive VAT on the single.

Organizer Bob Geldof, who also masterminded the original in 1984, said he addressed the participants “like the headmaster” before they sang the chorus.

The song’s first lines have been recorded by One Direction. It will get its first play on ITV’s X Factor results show on November 16.

Other artists taking part included Elbow, Seal, Jessie Ware, Fuse ODG, Sinead O’Connor, Angelique Kidjo, Olly Murs, Paloma Faith, Queen drummer Roger Taylor, Clean Bandit and Foals.

Rita Ora was the first to record her lines and left early.

Ed Sheeran flew in from his tour in Germany, while Bastille cancelled two US arena gigs to be involved. Disclosure and Underworld were also in the studio to do remixes.

Saturday’s recording session took place at the Sarm studios in west London, the venue where stars such as Wham!, Duran Duran, Sting and Status Quo recorded the original.

That single raised £8 million ($13 million) for famine relief in 1984. This time, the lyrics have been rewritten.

Instead of the line “Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears”, the new version has the line “Where a kiss of love can kill you and there’s death in every tear”.

Bono’s famous line “Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you” has been changed to “Well tonight we’re reaching out and touching you”.

The music video will be edited in “record time” so it can be shown on The X Factor at 20:00 GMT on November 16.

The song will be made available to download at 08:00 GMT on November 17, priced 99p ($1.5). A CD version costing £4 ($6) will be released three weeks later with a cover designed by artist Tracey Emin.

The track will not be made available on Spotify and other music streaming services until January.

Bob Geldof told fans: “Come Monday at 08:00 when every station plays this track across the nation, buy this thing. Don’t go looking for it free. Buy it.”

The original version sold 3.7 million copies. Five years later, another version was produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman, largely featuring their artists such as Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan and Sonia.

In 2004, Band Aid 20 was recorded by the likes of Coldplay, Dizzee Rascal, Ms Dynamite, Will Young and Robbie Williams.

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