Green Day's 'American Idiot' Tops UK Charts Ahead Of Trump's Visit

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Green Day's hit 2004 song "American Idiot" is dipping in and out of the United Kingdom charts ahead of Donald Trump's impending visit on 13 July. The OCC did not respond to a question of the song's chances for making it to the chart's top position but, because of England's match against Croatia in the World Cup semi-final being held July 11, the country's central football anthem, "Three Lions", seems to be all but unbeatable this week.

The re-emergence of the decade-old song was driven by a social media campaign first launched in May, which aimed to make the song number one on the charts during Trump's visit to the UK.

"The campaign, dubbed 'Make American Idiot Great Again, ' picked up steam on Twitter on an account that now has more than 1,400 followers", the Daily News reported.

The song was originally written, in part, about then-President George W. Bush.

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Green Day has yet to comment, but the band's official Twitter feed retweeted a remark from Virginia Sen. Keep sharing to others what we are all doing!

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 US embassy in London. After reports emerged indicating that Trump had gifted Kim Jong Un with a copy of Elton John's song "Rocket Man", Kaine joked that the North Korean leader sent back a copy of "American Idiot".

"Trump is scheduled to visit the United Kingdom from Thursday through Sunday as he meets with Prime Minister Theresa May and other British officials".

The president is scheduled to stay in London on the night of his arrival but will spend the rest of his trip outside of the capital. It's also been popping in and out of the Top 10 and 20 on iTunes' singles chart for the past few days.

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