Lily Allen Explains Why She Snubbed Band Aid 30

Earlier this month, Band Aid released an anti-Ebola charity single of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” featuring contributions from some of the biggest names in music from the UK, including Bono, Sam Smith, Chris Martin, and One Direction. One conspicuously absent name from the guest list for the Paul Epworth-produced track was Lily Allen, who has now gone on record with The Daily Mail to publicize her reasons not for participating. “I got an email asking me to do it. It’s difficult to explain why I didn’t do it without sounding like a complete ****,” she said. “I prefer to do my charitable bit by donating actual money and not being lumped in with a bunch of people like that. 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.” After Allen’s comments, Emeli Sandé — who does appear on the track — tweeted a statement that she believes the lyrics to the song should have been changed to be less offensive, and that she recorded a version with rewritten lyrics but they were not used.