Band Aid 30 Fastest-Selling Single Of 2014 But It Has Its Critics

Band Aid 30 Fastest-Selling Single Of 2014 But It Has Its Critics

Band Aid 30’s remake of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” for Ebola relief has already become the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of 2014, but it’s not without its critics.

Just 24 hours after its official 8 a.m. release Tuesday, Bob Geldof’s song sold 206,000 copies, according to early data by Official Charts Company, TheIndependent reports.

But Geldof’s new project has not been universally welcomed.

London-born rapper Fuse ODG turned down his Band Aid 30 invitation. He told BBC the song projected a negative image of Africa. “I felt it wasn’t in line with the new African movement,” he said. “I’m always banging on about how amazing Africa is and shedding light on the positives sides.”

Damon Albarn of the British band Blur suggested there are “problems with our idea of charity.” In an interview with NewsChannel4, he criticized the project saying that there is a inclination to frame Africa as a place constantly in need of assistance.

Consumers voted with their hard-earned cash. Band Aid 30 with 206,000 sales in its first 24 hours, has so far exceeded earlier Band Aid efforts. By comparison, the 1984 original version sold around 200,000 copies in two days. Band Aid 20 — the 2004 aid effort — sold 297,000 copies in its first week, according to TheIndependent.

Some of the big-name musicians who participated in the Ebola relief effort include One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Chris Martin, Sam Smith and Sinead O’Connor.

The track and its accompanying video premiered on “The X Factor” Sunday, after an introduction by Geldof, who described Ebola as “the most anti-human disease.”

“This thing could arrive here on the plane at any time,” Geldof said. “We can stop it and we will stop it and we will support the doctors and nurses who are going down there, and the governments who are leading the world in this.”