Band Aid 30’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ debuted on The X Factor Results last night (16th November).
Band Aid’s music video for the their new charity single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ was available to pre-order last night. All the money raised by downloads and purchases will go against the Ebola virus, to help stamp it out across the world.
Simon Cowell allowed Sir Bob Geldof to premiere the single on the live results show last night. Before the music video started, Bob warned viewers it was not “not suited to an entertainment show”.
He said: “Thanks Simon [Cowell] for allowing us to do this, this is hardcore, to allow X factor nation to do this, it is an enormous production, this thing [Ebola] could arrive here on a plane any time.
“This is the most anti-human disease but we can stop it, and we will stop it, and we will support those immensely brave NHS doctors and soldiers who have volunteered, and the government who are leading the world on this.”
The track features Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Sam Smith, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, U2’s Bono, Paloma Faith and many more famous faces.
‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ was available to purchase from 8am this morning (17th November) and in the first 5 minutes of being on sale, it already raised £1 million, with the total growing every second. In addition to the total, the single is growing higher and higher in the iTunes Singles Chart.
Bob told BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “It’s gone manic. That’s the digital age. We promoted the single on X Factor, Simon Cowell gave us five minutes of the show last night.
“Within four or five minutes of leaving the show we had a million quid. That’s extraordinary.
“From what we’re seeing now from iTunes it’s gone bonkers. The pre-orders of the thing were ridiculous.”