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Last Updated: Thursday November 18 2004 18:30 GMT

Band Aid video gets TV premiere

Madonna introduced the video
The eagerly-awaited premiere of the star-studded Band Aid 20 video hit TV screens on Thursday night.

Viewers were able to catch it on BBC One, BBC Two, ITV1, Channel 4, Five, Sky One and other digital channels.

It was introduced by music diva Madonna who told fans to "feed the world" before it started.

The charity single, out on 29 November, aims to raise funds for Sudan. Stars who sing on this version include Busted, Sugababes and The Darkness.


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Madonna, who performed at the American Live Aid gig in 1985, said: "You saw me and my generation demanding a change. Once again, here we are and more people die of hunger in Africa than war and Aids put together."

The video showed emotional singers belting out the lyrics, whilst clips were played of the people who need help in Sudan.

Stars galore

Stars from the original 1984 Band Aid single, Bob Geldof and Bono, joined in this year's re-make, which was recorded last weekend.

Do They Know It's Christmas? is on track to be Christmas number one but due to lukewarm reviews, bookmakers have shortened the odds to how long it'll stay in the chart hot spot.

Music fans will be able to download the single from Thursday. It'll also be launched as a charity mobile ringtone, with proceeds going towards the Band Aid 20 trust.

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