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Thatcher’s Death Spurs Song to Top Ten

'Ding Dong the Witch is Dead' hits charts in U.K.


Margaret_ThatcherThe sudden rise of the popularity of an old song is being connected to the death of former U.K. Prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

The song — “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” from The Wizard of Oz — has shot into the top ten on the U.K. charts, The Atlantic is reporting.

Sales of the song have been promoted via Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and viral videos and emails. It’s fourth on the charts in Britain and the top seller on Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iTunes since Thatcher’s death. Sales for the song over the last few days have passed the 20,000 mark and show little sign of letting up.

This presents a problem for the state-owned BBC. While Thatcher is being giving a memorial service with full honors by the government, the BBC might find itself promoting the song on its television broadcast. Each week the BBC runs a show playing the top ten songs in the country and has not yet decided whether “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” is appropriate for broadcast, given the circumstances.

BBC chief Lord Hall has not ruled out the show playing the song. He did describe the campaign as “rather tasteless” and remarked that he would leave the decision to the editorial staff.

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