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article image'Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead' anti-Thatcher song reaches No. 2

By Mathew Wace Peck     Apr 14, 2013 in Entertainment
“Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead” has reached No. 2 in the UK's official music charts just days after the launch of a campaign to get it to the top of the charts.
Despite the success of “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead” and the fact that the track runs to only 51 seconds, the BBC stuck to its decision to censor the song by not playing it in full on today's Radio 1 Chart Show.
Following years of ill health, Margaret Thatcher died earlier this week, of a stroke, while staying at London's Ritz hotel. She was 87.
"Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead" first appeared nearly three quarters of a century ago, on the soundtrack of the Judy Garland film The Wizard of Oz.
Shortly after Thatcher's death was announced, a Facebook campaign – Make Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead number one the week Thatcher dies – was set up by Greenwich music promoter Mark Biddiss to get the song to the top of the charts.
Chart success in just four days as anti-Thatcher sentiment brims over
According to BBC News, “'Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead' sold 52,605 copies, while 'I'm in Love with Margaret Thatcher' – the Notsensibles' song that was being promoted by a rival, pro-Thatcher, campaign – entered the chart at No. 35 after selling only 8,768 copies.
While fans of Thatcher are mourning the ex-Prime Minister's death, and have been outraged by the anti-Thatcher sentiment that has swept Britain this week, those people who have good reason to have no time for the hagiography expressed in much of the UK press for the one-time Tory leader have been celebrating.
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