Fans Just Made It Difficult For AC/DC To Reach No.1 This Christmas
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AC/DC enthusiasts might have to wait a bit longer to see if the iconic ‘Thunderstruck’ can secure the Christmas Number 1 spot on the UK charts. The fan-driven campaign, led by the Facebook group ‘AC/DC We Salute You,’ initiated to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary, faced a setback due to a delayed start.
The dedicated Facebook fan group previously achieved success in 2013 with ‘Highway To Hell,’ reaching an impressive Number 4 on the charts.
However, this year’s campaign took an unexpected turn as organizers decided to shift their strategy, opting for a post-Christmas focus.
In a statement to Official Charts, Steevi and Jon, the administrators of the AC/DC Facebook fan page, explained the rationale behind the decision:
“After a vote across three separate AC/DC groups, including the original 2013 campaign group of over 100,000 members, we have decided to put back the campaign week to Friday, December 29 to Thursday, January 4. By choosing to delay by two weeks, we’ll also avoid being caught up in the Christmas songs that will no doubt be prominent the week after Christmas as well.”
The delay aims to steer clear of the festive competition and channel efforts towards a period when previous campaigns have found success.
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The organizers believe that focusing on the band’s 50th anniversary itself, rather than competing amidst Christmas chaos, will better serve their cause.
“Why? Because it focuses more on the band’s 50th anniversary itself rather than being caught up in the Christmas mayhem, in which we feel many would love to see [The Pogues] ‘Fairytale of New York’ top the pack for reasons we all know well. When polled, 83% of AC/DC fans agreed, so that’s what we’re going to do.”
While the traditional competition for Christmas Number 1 typically runs from December 15 to December 21, with the winner revealed on BBC Radio 1 on December 22, AC/DC supporters are now setting their sights on the chart week from December 29 to January 4. The outcome for this extended period will be unveiled on January 5, 2024, on OfficialCharts.com and broadcast on BBC Radio 1.
As fans eagerly anticipate the delayed campaign, the rock legends’ bid for the coveted Christmas Number 1 spot continues, showcasing the enduring dedication of AC/DC enthusiasts around the globe.