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Band Aid 30 artists recording the new version of the song Do They Know It's Christmas?

Band Aid 30 artists recording the new version of the song Do They Know It's Christmas?

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Bewilderment: Bob Geldof

Bewilderment: Bob Geldof

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Emeli Sande arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 single at Sarm Studios in Notting Hill, London

Emeli Sande arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 single at Sarm Studios in Notting Hill, London

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British singer Ellie Goulding arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. The single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?", was first recorded 30 years ago after musician and philanthropist Bob Geldof inspired a host of stars to come together under the Band Aid name to help those affected by famine in Ethiopia (REUTERS/Neil Hall)

British singer Ellie Goulding arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. The single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?", was first recorded 30 years ago after musician and philanthropist Bob Geldof inspired a host of stars to come together under the Band Aid name to help those affected by famine in Ethiopia (REUTERS/Neil Hall)

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Band Aid 30 is the fastest selling single of 2014

Band Aid 30 is the fastest selling single of 2014

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Band Aid 30 artists recording the new version of the song Do They Know It's Christmas?

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.

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

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Singer Niall Horan arrives at a music studio to record his segment of the new Band Aid 30 charity single in London, Saturday, Nov. 15  2014. Musicians including Bono and One Direction are going to record a reworked version of the 1984 charity record, with the proceeds this time helping fight the spread of Ebola.

Singer Niall Horan arrives at a music studio to record his segment of the new Band Aid 30 charity single in London, Saturday, Nov. 15 2014. Musicians including Bono and One Direction are going to record a reworked version of the 1984 charity record, with the proceeds this time helping fight the spread of Ebola.

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Chris Martin has revealed Katy Perry inspired some of Coldplay's new music

Chris Martin has revealed Katy Perry inspired some of Coldplay's new music

British singer Jessie Ware arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.

British singer Jessie Ware arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.

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Musician Bob Gelfof arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa. The single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?", was first recorded 30 years ago after musician and philanthropist Geldof inspired a host of stars to come together under the Band Aid name to help those affected by famine in Ethiopia.  REUTERS/Neil Hall (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY HEALTH DISASTER)

Musician Bob Gelfof arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa. The single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?", was first recorded 30 years ago after musician and philanthropist Geldof inspired a host of stars to come together under the Band Aid name to help those affected by famine in Ethiopia. REUTERS/Neil Hall (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY HEALTH DISASTER)

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Singer Rita Ora leaves after recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.

Singer Rita Ora leaves after recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.

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British singer Emeli Sande arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa. The single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?", was first recorded 30 years ago after musician and philanthropist Bob Geldof inspired a host of stars to come together under the Band Aid name to help those affected by famine in Ethiopia. REUTERS/Neil Hall (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY HEALTH DISASTER)

British singer Emeli Sande arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa. The single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?", was first recorded 30 years ago after musician and philanthropist Bob Geldof inspired a host of stars to come together under the Band Aid name to help those affected by famine in Ethiopia. REUTERS/Neil Hall (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY HEALTH DISASTER)

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Liam Payne, singer with British boy band One Direction, arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.

Liam Payne, singer with British boy band One Direction, arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.

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British singer Olly Murs arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.

British singer Olly Murs arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.

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British singer Ellie Goulding arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.

British singer Ellie Goulding arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.

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Singer Harry Styles arrives at a music studio to record his segment of the new Band Aid 30 charity single. (AP)

Singer Harry Styles arrives at a music studio to record his segment of the new Band Aid 30 charity single. (AP)

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Singer Niall Horan arrives at a music studio to record his segment of the new Band Aid 30 charity single in London, Saturday, Nov. 15 2014. Musicians including Bono and One Direction are going to record a reworked version of the 1984 charity record, with the proceeds this time helping fight the spread of Ebola.

The track, with all proceeds going toward the fight against Ebola in west Africa, has outsold the rest of the top five combined and scored the biggest one-week sales since The X Factor's James Arthur moved 489,000 copies of his winner's single Impossible in 2012.

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 - their version of the song sold 297,000 in its first seven days.

The 2014 version of Do They Know It's Christmas? has achieved this milestone without physical sales or streaming.

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Band Aid recording 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'

Band Aid recording 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'

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British singer Ellie Goulding arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. The single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?", was first recorded 30 years ago after musician and philanthropist Bob Geldof inspired a host of stars to come together under the Band Aid name to help those affected by famine in Ethiopia (REUTERS/Neil Hall)

British singer Ellie Goulding arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. The single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?", was first recorded 30 years ago after musician and philanthropist Bob Geldof inspired a host of stars to come together under the Band Aid name to help those affected by famine in Ethiopia (REUTERS/Neil Hall)

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British singer Emeli Sande arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.

British singer Emeli Sande arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.

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British singer Paloma Faith arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa. The single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?", was first recorded 30 years ago after musician and philanthropist Bob Geldof inspired a host of stars to come together under the Band Aid name to help those affected by famine in Ethiopia. REUTERS/Neil Hall (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY HEALTH DISASTER)

British singer Paloma Faith arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa. The single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?", was first recorded 30 years ago after musician and philanthropist Bob Geldof inspired a host of stars to come together under the Band Aid name to help those affected by famine in Ethiopia. REUTERS/Neil Hall (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY HEALTH DISASTER)

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Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.

Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.

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Band Aid recording 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'

A spokesman for the Official Charts Company said: "Band Aid 20 sold 200,000 each week for its first four weeks on sale - can Band Aid 30 keep up its sales momentum and beat its predecessor?

"It's possible - a physical version is set to be released in December, which means the track is still a serious contender for 2014's official Christmas number one."

Band Aid 30's feat means it is the fourth time a version of the song has reached number one.

Its success comes despite controversy over its lyrics. Pop singer Emeli Sande has said the song needs rewriting and apologised if the latest version "caused offence".

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Band Aid 30 artists recording the new version of the song Do They Know It's Christmas?

Band Aid 30 artists recording the new version of the song Do They Know It's Christmas?

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Band Aid 30 artists recording the new version of the song Do They Know It's Christmas?

The star, who is involved in the latest remake, posted a message on Twitter in which she said lyrics she and African artist Angelique Kidjo recorded did not make the final version.

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

Sande tweeted: "I've been having so many discussions about this all week. Here are my thoughts on the band aid single..."

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Louis Tomlinson (R), singer with British boy band One Direction, arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.

Louis Tomlinson (R), singer with British boy band One Direction, arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.

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British singer Paloma Faith arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.

British singer Paloma Faith arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.

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Midge Ure and Bob Geldof at the recording of Band Aid 30 last week and (inset) Damon Albarn

Midge Ure and Bob Geldof at the recording of Band Aid 30 last week and (inset) Damon Albarn

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Louis Tomlinson (R), singer with British boy band One Direction, arrives for the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in west London November 15, 2014. Singers came together to record a new version of the Band Aid charity song to raise money to combat Ebola in Africa.

Her message continued: "Ye, I agree the lyric needs changing. In fact I feel a whole new song is required. Angelique Kidjo and I made and sang our own edits. Unfortunately, none of these made the final cut."

She added: "I apologise if the lyrics of the song have caused offence. I wish the changes had been kept but that is out of my control.

"The sole objective is to raise awareness and money to provide medical aid to those suffering the Ebola outbreak, which is being worsened and amplified by poverty."

New at number two in the singles chart is Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne. Real Love is the second collaboration between the two acts following their number one and million seller Rather Be.

Olly Murs is also a new entry at number three with Wrapped Up featuring Travie McCoy while Ed Sheeran's former number one Thinking Out Loud falls two places to number four.

DJ and producer David Guetta scores his 20th top 10 hit in the UK, going straight in at number five with Dangerous featuring Sam Martin.

On the album chart, One Direction storm straight in at the top with Four, racking up a massive 142,000 sales, outselling its nearest rival by more than 90,000 copies.Their fourth album is their third in a row to top the chart.

Ed Sheeran and x has a 22nd week in the top 10 at number two while Sam Smith's debut In The Lonely Hour advances one place to number three.

Last week's number one from Pink Floyd, The Endless River, drops three places to number four and Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways also slips three to five.

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