For Trump visit, Brits try to boost 'American Idiot' to No. 1

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So far the effort appears to be working, with the song checking in at No. 18 on the chart Tuesday.

Protesters in the United Kingdom are reportedly streaming the song and downloading it en masse, hopeful that it can be a chart-topper by the end of this week. The No. 1 song in the U.K.is now "Three Lions (Football's Coming Home)", a 1996 recording by Baddiel & Skinner & Lightning Seeds, an anthem for the England national soccer team, which is playing a World Cup semifinal against Croatia tomorrow.

The campaign asks people to download "American Idiot" between Friday, July 6, and Friday, July 13, to push the 14-year-old single to the top of the Official UK Charts. And in 1977, ahead of Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee, the Sex Pistols' controversial "God Save the Queen" reached No. 2 despite being banned by the BBC. Well, the week of the visit is finally upon us, and "American Idiot" has indeed started climbing the charts.

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President Donald Trump loved seeing American Idiot, the Green Day Broadway musical, on its opening night in 2010, calling it "an awesome theatrical experience!" on Twitter. But in the UK, "American Idiot" was a smash, peaking at No. 3 in 2004.

Every so often, a percentage of the British population bands together to ensure that some album or song gets to number one by a particular date. The campaign claims "American Idiot" hit No. 1 on Google Play. Tim Kaine of Virginia, who referenced the rumor that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo planned to give North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un a CD of Elton John's "Rocket Man". It pits British anti-Trump sentiments against not just hits from Drake, Cardi B and Dua Lipa, but against excitement and patriotism over England's national team.

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