Song featuring UK Deputy Prime Minister enters pop charts22/09/2012 - 15:27:19
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today became a accidental pop sensation after storming into the charts.
After two years of languishing in the political polls the Liberal Democrat leader is today enjoying some popularity – at least in the Apple iTunes chart in the UK.
The spoof song, which uses Mr Clegg’s two-and-a-half-minute video apology over his party’s pledge on tuition fees, went to number 39 in the iTunes chart, just a little more than 12 hours after its release.
It is unclear whether Mr Clegg, thought to be the first member of the British Cabinet to have enjoyed a chart career while still holding a day job, will manage to outperform pop rivals such as The Script and Little Mix in the sales tally.
But he has already seen off stiff competition from Kanye West and is hot on Pink’s heels.
'Nick Clegg Says I’m Sorry (The Autotune Remix)' song initially entered the Apple iTunes chart at 116, but sales quickly soared. The spoof was created by satirical website www.thepoke.co.uk.
A spokesman for the website said: “Nick Clegg has been very good-humoured about this.
“He has become the first politician in history to achieve a position in the pop charts for making an apology.
“The Poke is staggered by its success.”
Mr Clegg gave permission for the single to be released and all profits will be given to Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, of which his wife Miriam is a patron.
A spokesman for Mr Clegg said: "If this record sells well the main thing is that it raises lots of money."
He again defended Mr Clegg’s decision to make the apology: "It was the issue that has caused the most trouble in government."
The spokesman said the Deputy Prime Minister was not planning on providing material for a B-side.
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