Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Green Day's American Idiot could be #1 for Trump's United Kingdom visit

Green Day's American Idiot could be #1 for Trump's United Kingdom visit

For some years now, citizens of the United Kingdom have turned music chart manipulation into a cheeky tradition, the idea being to select a song and, largely through grassroots online campaigning (helped along by media coverage, like this very article), to make it the most popular song in the country.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the song, released in 2004, was the No. 1 song on Amazon's United Kingdom best-seller list. The song has also been popping up on the iTunes singles chart and Chart data confirmed that it re-entered their UK Top 20 earlier this week. The song is also now No. 1 on the UK Amazon chart.

"Want to annoy Donald Trump and Nigel Farage this week?" they tweeted on Sunday.

Green Day has yet to comment, but the band's official Twitter feed retweeted a remark from Virginia Sen. "Keep doing that until midnight on Thursday".

2004 hit was written in-part about George W. Bush and has now been adopted to protest Trump's visit.

The "American Idiot" campaign has had a much longer gestation period than similar attempts in the past, having launched in January 2017 ahead of a state visit by the president, which he cancelled over what he saw as a "bad deal" on the establishment of a new USA embassy in London. In response to reports that Trump sent North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a copy of the Elton John song "Rocket Man", the senator joked that Kim should return the favor by giving Trump "American Idiot".

Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day (C) and the cast of "American Idiot" sing "21 Guns" at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles January 31, 2010.

"American Idiot" is climbing the British charts in the week President Trump is arriving for a visit.

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