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"Ding Dong! the Witch Is Dead" controversy

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Unlike the old days when you had to walk to a record store and purchase a 45 in order to goose the charts, you can now do it instantly on your computer. If only 100,000 UK citizens were to purchase the Wizard of Oz classic "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead, the song would reach #1 on the charts, and the state-sponsored network, BBC Radio 1, would have to feature it on their countdown show.

So it was that shortly before Margaret Thatcher's funeral, the song was at #2, held off by Duke Dumont with "Need U (100%)."

The BBC, loathe to disrespect the dead but also obligated to play the hits, played just a few seconds of the song, quickly moving on to Dumont's hit after a brief explanation of the controversy.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22128958

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Actually, unlike the old days, you only need 20,000 sales/downloads and the like for a #1.

The irony of this brouhaha is that all the "anarchists" and "protestors" buying this are lining the pockets of the friendly corner shop that is the Sony Corporation.

Mrs Thatch would be delighted. :thumbsup:

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