British campaign wants 'American Idiot' to be No. 1 for Trump arrival

British campaign wants 'American Idiot' to be No. 1 for Trump arrival

Green Day's 2004 hit American Idiot has reemerged in the UK Singles Chart this week, thanks to the efforts of a fan-lead campaign aiming to get the track to number one ahead of US President Donald's Trump visit to the UK this weekend. The Twitter group, called "American Idiot For UK No.1 When Trump Visits", regularly urges Trump critics to purchase, download and listen to the song in order to boost its ratings.

Chart Data reported Monday that the song was already in the British Top 20.

The campaign was originally launched back in April, when Trump's visit was officially confirmed to be going ahead.

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Melania and I saw American Idiot on Broadway last night and it was great. 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".

But when Trump arrives in the United Kingdom this week for meetings with Prime Minister Theresa May and the queen, among others, the president may have a different view of the Green Day anti-establishment anthem. The move was speculated to have been decided in order to avoid planned protests in the area. It's also been popping in and out of the Top 10 and 20 on iTunes' singles chart for the past few days.

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong wrote American Idiot in the throes of the Iraq War and the angst of post-9/11 America, which the song described as "an alien nation where everything isn't meant to be okay".

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