The K***s and LadBaby are both currently in the running for this year’s Christmas number one, with the former following up on last year’s Boris Johnson Is A F***ing C***.
Meanwhile, LadBaby are hoping to snag their fourth festive chart-topper with Sausage Rolls For Everyone, a reimagined version of Ed Sheeran and Elton John’s hit Merry Christmas in aid of the food bank charity Trussell Trust.
Asked during a recent interview with the Official Charts Company what he thought of The K***s’ effort, LadBaby singer Mark Hoyle said: “It takes a certain sort of person to download a song with that in the title, but you never know.
“There’s definitely an element that people aren’t happy with this government, but our song is for charity – I don’t believe theirs is – and ours is trying to raise more money than ever for food banks. It’s something that is even more important given everything that is going on.”
By way of response, The K***s told Clash: “When you take a step back and look at it, the idea of an act who hawks a single by crying to camera, repeatedly talking about child hunger all the while waving sausage rolls around, then using our collective guilt about being a society that needs foodbanks to leverage a sponsorship deals with a crisp company is like something from Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror.”
They later issued a full statement, which read: “Regarding Mark Hoyle’s comments that ‘it takes a certain sort of person to download a song with that in the title’, I agree with him wholeheartedly.
“It takes the sort of person that is prepared to look beyond the tepid diarrhoea that is pumped into people’s consciousness via mainstream TV, radio and the tabloid newspapers. The sort of person that is prepared stand up for what they believe in and call out the government on their lies, cover-ups and corruption. The sort of person who can see that it was the Conservatives’ politics of selfishness, misery and deprivation that caused this country to need foodbanks in the first place.”
Pointing out that with proceeds from their 2020 single they made “large donations to charities including the mental health charity Mind and Cardiac Risk In The Young, they added: “We may be vulgar in the language we use to get our point across but we would not be so vulgar as to use food banks to hawk records, increase our profile or sign lucrative sponsorship deals.
“Let me be clear, we would not stoop to using poverty, hunger and despair to promote our career and bolster our bank balance like we believe LadBaby have done in this year’s and last year’s Christmas number one campaign.”
HuffPost UK has contacted LadBaby for additional comment.
In the midweek charts, LadBaby was on course to snag the Christmas number one, with Ed and Elton’s original version of Merry Christmas behind at number two.
The K***s’ track looked set to peak at number five, behind festive classics from Wham! and Mariah Carey.
This year’s Christmas number one will be announced on Friday evening at 6pm.
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