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Rita's dash to help Band Aid 30 singers

Chart-topping star Rita Ora is to undertake a high-speed dash to ensure she can join dozens of music acts taking part in the recording of the Band Aid 30 single today.

There had been fears that her commitments to BBC1 talent show The Voice would have prevented her from taking part as the artists - including One Direction and Coldplay's Chris Martin - assembled in London.

But she has arranged to rush to the recording studio as work begins on the track this morning, allowing her to head off and continue working on the programme in Salford later in the day.


Earlier this week, Bob Geldof told how he had hoped she would take part, but her involvement with auditions for the talent show meant she was not free to attend the studio session in London's Notting Hill.

Other stars expected to take part in the recording include Bono, Emeli Sande, Elbow and Bastille.

They are to make a new recording of Do They Know It's Christmas?, marking the 30th anniversary of the song that was originally put together to help raise funds to help with famine relief in Ethiopia.