Lily Allen refused to partake in the collaboration for the Band Aid 30 charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
During an interview with the Daily Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine, Allen said that she turned down the invitation to sing with British singers One Direction, Rita Ora, Ed Sheeran because she felt that there was something “smug” about it.
“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 ****,” Allen told the website.
“I prefer to do my charitable bit by donating actual money and not being lumped in a with a bunch of people like that,” she added. “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.”
Charity supergroup Band Aid previously released versions of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in 1984, 1989 and 2004, with their latest being Band Aid 30. The 2014 recording has become the fastest selling single in the United Kingdom this year and will help fight the ongoing battle against Ebola in West Africa as all proceeds will be sent to the cause.
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Allen’s third studio album Sheezus was released in May 2014 and included singles “Hard Out There,” “Air Balloon,” and “Our Time.”
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