by Alexandra Pollard Contributor | Photos by WENN

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Bob Geldof urges people to delete Band Aid 30 single + download again

Geldof is concerned about the charity song's low price tag

 

Bob Geldof tells people to delete Band Aid 30 single, download again Photo: WENN

Bob Geldof has urged anyone who's already downloaded his new Band Aid 30 version of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' to delete it and download it again.

The song, which features artists such as One Direction, Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, was released last week to raise money to fight the spread of Ebola in west Africa.

As The Guardian reports, it's already the fastest-selling single of 2014, and has sold 312,000 copies in the last seven days. It's still a long way off from matching the 1984 version's £8 million profit though, thanks to its 99p price tag (the original cost £3.50).

Speaking to BBC Radio 1, Geldof said: "We need to sell 300% more than we did then to even begin to make up the cash figure. That worries me... Even if you already have it, delete, download again."

 Watch Band Aid 30 perform 'Do They Know It's Christmas' below

The song has been met with a fairly mixed response since its release however, with many criticising its inherently negative depiction of Africa. In a piece for The Guardian, Fuse ODG discussed turning down Bob Geldof's request for him to sing on the single, highlighting lyrics such as 'There is no peace and joy in west Africa this Christmas.'

"I, like many others, am sick of the whole concept of Africa – a resource-rich continent with unbridled potential – always being seen as diseased, infested and poverty-stricken. In fact, seven out of 10 of the world’s fastest growing economies are in Africa."

Lily Allen also recently called the endeavour "smug", while Emeli Sande, who did participate, has now apologised to her fans and called for a whole new version to be recorded.

Band Aid 30's 'Do They Know It's Christmas' is available to download at a cost of 99p, and a £4 CD version will be released next month. To download the track, visit here


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