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Big Question: do charity singles work?

This week's Big Question

By Prospect Team  

Bob Geldof arriving at the Band Aid 30 recording at Sarm Studios in central London. © SEE LI/NEWZULU/PA Images

Each week, Prospect asks experts to come up with answers to the questions dominating the headlines.

This week, Sir Bob Geldof waded in to the international Ebola crsis, releasing a revamp of his classic “Band Aid” Christmas single aimed at securing donations to combat the disease. Such charity singles can raise huge amounts…

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