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Iron Maiden Fails to in Bid for UK Christmas #1


Despite a worldwide effort to push Iron Maiden’s “The Number of Beast” into the #1 spot on the UK charts for Christmas has fallen short. There was just no stopping Ben Haenow–an X Factor winner and Cowell flunky–from reaching the top with his song “Something I Need.”

Maiden fans–rallied by a Facebook campaign with the slogan “Up the Irons, up the charts, up yer arse Cowell,” had some momentum and made it into the Top 40 but doesn’t have nearly enough juice to challenge for the top spot.

Betting on which single will finish in the #1 spot on the British charts has been a national betting obsession since 1952. Simon Cowell’s people have reached the top far too many times.

There’s a late charge by The Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York,” a song that reached #2 in time for Christmas 1987, but we’ll have to wait until the official charts are published tonight.

There’s always next year. Which song would you choose for the challenge?


Alan Cross

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