Updated: Deputy PM Nick Clegg narrowly misses the Official Albums Chart Top 100, coming in at Number 104.
Deputy PM Nick Clegg narrowly misses out on a placing in the Official Singles Chart Top 100 despite a midweek appearance at Number 64. Satire website thepoke’s autotune remix of Clegg’s public apology for his party’s U-turn on tuition fees amassed much media attention, and was subsequently made available as a charity download – with Clegg’s blessing - with proceeds going to Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Nick Clegg Says I’m Sorry ends the week at Number 104.
The remixed video was posted on thepoke.co.uk the same day as the original appeared online amidst a host of ‘apology parodies’, and has notched up more than 1.3 million YouTube views.
Clegg might be the first UK cabinet minister to secure a spot in the Official Singles Chart whilst in office, but he’s not the first politician to ‘sing’, or even to address the rise in tuition fees accompanied by music. President Obama famously both sang Al Green and ‘slow-jammed’ his opinion on US tuition fees earlier this year, the latter accompanied by comedian Jimmy Fallon and hip-hop ensemble The Roots.Back