Update: Despite being the bookmakers’ favourite to hit number one this evening (Sunday April 14), ‘Ding Dong (The Witch is Dead)’ eventually reached number two, with Duke Dumont and A*M*E*’s ‘Need U’ holding onto top slot. It has, however, become the shortest song ever to reach the UK top 10, clocking in at under 60 seconds – though the BBC Radio 1 chart show only actually played seven of them.
Earlier this week, we reported on ‘Ding Dong (The Witch Is Dead)”s rapid ascent up the charts in the wake of Margaret Thatcher’s death.
The sudden spike in sales has been attributed to a long-running Facebook campaign to get the track to No. 1 in the week of her passing. As MusicWeek report, the operation has been making some serious headway. Judy Garland’s classic The Wizard Of Oz recording is currently top of the iTunes charts, ahead of Duke Dumont’s ‘Need U (100%)’ and Nelly’s ‘Hey Porsche’. As noted in The Independent yesterday, the track also placed at No. 10 in the official midweek singles chart (no doubt Chumbawumba have been buying a copy or two).
The BBC are yet to decide whether or not they will broadcast the track on Radio 1’s Official Chart Show should it make the charts on Sunday. In a statement, the Beeb said: “The Official Chart Show on Sunday is a historical and factual account of what the British public has been buying and we will make a decision about playing it when the final chart positions are clear.”
You can read our guide to Thatcher’s impact on alternative music here.