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Anti Thatcher song - "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" top of British Pop charts
I expect that Mark Thatcher her Africa terrorist financing son is angry at these pop chart events in Britain.
BBC to play Ding Dong in chart show despite anti-Thatcher Facebook push
Radio 1 says it may ask Newsbeat reporter to explain context of song, as top five entry poses test for corporation's new chief
The Wizard of Oz featuring the Wicked Witch
The Wizard of Oz: Ding Dong..., credited to Judy Garland, is on course for a top five chart entry after a Facebook campaign by anti-Thatcher protesters.
BBC Radio 1 is planning to play Ding Dong the Witch is Dead, the Wizard of Oz track being bought by anti-Thatcher protesters in the wake of the former prime minister's death, on its chart show on Sunday.
However, in what is thought to be a first for the BBC chart show, the corporation is considering having a Newsbeat reporter explain why a song from the 30s is charting to Radio 1's target audience of 16- to 24-year-olds – none of whom will remember Margaret Thatcher's controversial premiership.
In what could be seen as the first major test for the new director general, Tony Hall, BBC insiders said the track is likely to be played if it makes it into the top of the charts in defiance of criticism from Tory supporters.
Ding Dong the Witch is Dead was on course to reach number four on Thursday morning, up from 10 the previous day, according to the Official Charts Company.
The Daily Mail has been leading the charge against Facebook and Twitter campaigners trying to push the song, which has become the anthem of anti-Thatcher protesters.
In Thursday's Daily Mail, the paper branded Romany Blythe, the woman who set up the Facebook page "The Witch is Dead" as a "teacher of hatred", quoting critics who condemned plans for Thatcher "death parties" as "revolting" and "offensive".
Radio 1 insiders said if the song does make it to the top five, there would be no reason not to play the track.
However, it is understood The Official Chart Show presenter Jameela Jamil might have to invite a reporter from Radio 1's Newsbeat to explain to listeners why a track they are unlikely to be familiar with has charted.
"Among the 16- to 24-year-olds, a lot of people are saying they are not 100% sure who Thatcher is. Even though this seems extraordinary, they may not understand who that song would chart," said a BBC source.
The BBC does not always play every song in the top 10 – a track that had been ranked for weeks or months may not be aired under normal circumstances, but it is unlikely to shy away from playing a track that has just charted, even if it is effectively a novelty song.
A decision about what will be played on Sunday's Radio 1 chart show will not be made until Sunday morning when the final sales data comes in.
A BBC spokesman said it would not make a decision on the grounds of taste or politics and pointed out that the song was not on the Radio 1 playlist, which is compiled by staff according to the tastes of the youth audience.
"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," the spokesman added.
I wonder what Mark Thatcher her Africa terrorist financier son is angry at these pop chart events in Britain.
Judy Garland classic Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead has reached no.5 in the official UK charts following the death of Baroness Thatcher.
The song, which was performed by Garland in the role of Dorothy in 1939 film The Wizard Of Oz, had sold 20,000 copies by midnight last night (Wednesday, April 10).
This is still a significant way behind the week’s best selling single, Need U (100%) by Duke Dumont ft A*M*E, which had sold 34,000 copies.
Baroness Thatcher divided opinion (Picture: Getty)Baroness Thatcher divided opinion (Picture: Getty)
However, Ding Dong is riding high in the iTunes charts, currently sitting at no.2, just behind Need U, which was last week’s no.1 single.
If sales of the song continue to perform well, Ding Don! The Witch Is Dead will become the shortest Top 10 single of all time, since the most popular version of it only lasts 51 seconds.
It could also become the only sub-60 second single to make it into the Top 10.
Margaret ThatcherThe former Tory PM died on Monday (Picture: PA)
The BBC is said to be facing a dilemma about whether or not to play the song during its official chart countdown on Sunday.
A spokesperson 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.’
Margaret Thatcher died on Monday at the age of 87 and reflections on her life and time as prime minister have been polarised.
‘Death parties’ have been held in some areas of the UK, with some people rejoicing at the news of her demise.