Putting heart back into the Christ­mas chart

Re­claim­ing the fes­tive hitlist from the pop idols

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Hands up those who would like to see Tom Waits at Num­ber One in the Ir­ish charts on Christ­mas Day? Jour­nal­ist and blog­ger Adam Maguire has kicked off an on­line cam­paign to get Waits’s Christ­mas Card from a Hooker in Min­neapo­lis to the top of the charts.

Maguire hopes that both fans of the singer and those who sim­ply want to end the an­nex­a­tion of the sea­sonal chart by X Fac­tor win­ners will get in­volved.

“Even though I was never a big pop-mu­sic fan, I al­ways re­mem­ber be­ing en­tranced by the race for Christ­mas Num­ber One as a child,” ex­plains Maguire on his blog. “It was never about want­ing one song or an­other to win, but sim­ply about the height­ened ex­cite­ment of the race that sur­rounded the whole ex­er­cise.

“Nowa­days it’s dif­fer­ent. For a start we can be pretty sure that the win­ner of X Fac­tor will be Num­ber One in Ire­land as well as the UK. How sad is it that: the favourite for Num­ber One is an as-yet-un­de­cided artist singing an as-yet-un­known song?”

Maguire thinks Waits’s song is ideal be­cause it is “the ab­so­lute an­tithe­sis to what gen­er­ally gets the Num­ber One slot in Ire­land. It’s ab­so­lutely per­fect as a protest against ev­ery­thing that’s wrong with mu­sic to­day and it even has some real hu­man­ity in it to boot.”

This cam­paign has been made pos­si­ble by the fact that sales of dig­i­tal down­loads of tracks which have not been re­leased as a sin­gle now count to­ward chart po­si­tions.

A sim­i­lar cam­paign has kicked off in Bri­tain where an at­tempt is un­der­way to get Mal­com Mid­dle­ton’s We’re All Go­ing to Die to the top of the charts.

The Arab Strap mis­er­abilist faces com­pe­ti­tion from Eva Cas­sidy and Katy Melua, Shaun the Sheep and, nat­u­rally, the X Fac­tor win­ner.

Last year’s Christ­mas num­ber one in Ire­land was X Fac­tor win­ner Leona Lewis (or Leona as she was known then).

The Christ­mas chart will be re­leased on Fri­day De­cem­ber 21st. Down­loads of A Christ­mas Card from a Hooker in Min­neapo­lis pur­chased from now un­til next Thurs­day from such on­line stores as Ap­ple iTunes, Eir­com Mu­sic Club, 02 Nap­ster, Voda­fone and Easy­mu­sic are el­i­gi­ble for the chart.

For more in­for­ma­tion, see http://wait­s­forchrist­mas.blogspot.com

Merry Christ­mas, Mr Waits

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