Lily Allen: Why She Turned Down Band Aid 30

November 23, 2014

Lily Allen is the latest artist to criticise Band Aid, saying she finds the charity campaign “smug” and that she declined an invitation to participate in this year’s effort. 

Lily AllenAllen spoke with The Daily Mail… saying that she chose to donate money to the fight against Ebola as opposed to joining the likes on Bono, Chris Martin, One Direction, Sam Smith and Paloma Faith in recording an updated version of the 1984 single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’.

“I got an email asking me to do it,” said Allen. “It’s difficult to explain why I didn’t do it without sounding like a complete cunt. I prefer to do my charitable bit by donating actual money and not being lumped in with a bunch of people like that.

Adding that she is not bothered about upsetting Band Aid organiser Bob Geldof, Allen continued: “It’s like the success club and I’m not really in that club. I don’t think I’m above it all – I’m way below it. But there’s something a bit smug about it.”

‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ was established as the fastest selling single of 2014 so far on its first day on sale this week. The song seems certain to be Number One this week and raised £1million in one day after going on sale Monday (November 17), according to Geldof.

Featured photo: Ed Singleton for The Observer