Fairytale of New York is now sitting at No.11 in the UK singles chart – it’s highest placing since 2006! Can it go higher? Still a chart to come before Christmas Day.
The Independent reports that the arrival of digital streaming could yet propel Fairytale to the top. For the first time the songs that people are actually listening to count towards the chart, which now includes data from streaming services including Spotify and Deezer alongside download and CD sales.
The change means that each time Fairytale is streamed on someone’s festive playlist or played through Spotify as the soundtrack to an office Christmas party it counts towards its chart placing. Currently 100 streams count as the equivalent to one download or physical single, so streaming of hit songs on phones and tablets more than a million times a week can make all the difference. An Official Charts Company (OCC) spokesman said: “Fairytale has seen a significant boost this year thanks to streaming. The song streamed 552,000 times last week.” Which would seem to equate to over 5 thousand “sales”.
‘Rewind the Christmas Hits’ will be on Channel 4 at 8pm on 20th December, including interviews and footage of fans singing ‘Fairytale of New York’ at Soho Square in October in the company of Jean MacColl and Jem Finer from the Pogues. Set your PVRs!
Postscript: the Soho Square footage will not be shown after all.
Here’s wishing everybody a very Happy Christmas and a great New Year.
Jamie and Louis will be joining Hamish at my new bungalow and we will raise a glass to you all on Christmas day.
It was great to see you all in Soho and I’m looking forward to the BBC TV programme with you all singing to John Meranda. It was nice to see Fred Shortland from the Justice for Kirsty Campaign committee, Olivia Lichtenstein who made the documentary with us in Mexico trying to get at the truth (so alien to the Mexican wealthy Gonzalez Nova and his family) and Jem Finer from The Pogues amongst other old friends. And it is fantastic to see new faces joining us each year.
The organisation was, as always, first rate and I do thank Barry’s relatives for returning me to the Victory Club where I stayed for a night.
I hope to see the two young brothers again next year and hear them joining in the singing. My dance team turned up in force with Max, one year old, actress friend Barbara Young and director Philip Hedley. Good wishes to Eunice and my grateful thanks, as always, to Alan Officer who has been a tower of strength for 14 years at least.
The song has now made the Top 20 in eleven different years. This jump is in keeping with recent performance, we would expect some more modest upward movement still to come before it sails away to the far side of its orbit for another year!
For those wishing to read all about the story of Stiff records, I can recommend the recently published book “The Stiff Records Story” by Richard Balls.
There are a couple of pages about Kirsty. Nigel Dick, pictured with Kirsty, contributes quite a bit to the book. Anyone with a passing interest in Stiff, Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric, Jona Lewie, Madness and the mid-late Seventies, early Eighties UK music scene should get the book.
This was my favorite. I liked the direction she was taking even though the label dropped her after this I think another might have signed her
One of my favourite albums of her. This style in music was in my opinion of her getting as close to a Jazz sound as she could and this sound suited her voice well. I believe that this style in music is what she would still be doing now if she were here with us
Now where am I going to meet a man with a sense of adventure in these crazy times ?! 🤣
In these shoes? :)
3 days ago
Happy birthday Morrissey you and Kirsty where good friends I believe and u sound great on his recordings ... See MoreSee Less
Remember my rant recently about how difficult it is to obtain permission from the copyright holders (publishers) of (in this case) Kirsty's music - certainly here in Oz - in order to produce a video of me singing covers of some of her songs? Well I'm still waiting for permission from the publishers.
I started the process on 17 April. A few days ago I chased both, having heard nothing since the "I'll get back to you" from each of them on the 20th and 21st April. Both have come back with more questions.
The 'event' I wanted to make the video for has been running since 1 May and runs through to 31 May. The videos are available via the Adelaide Fringe Festival's website, and once you've got your video up there it'll stay there for anyone to 'buy' (to view) until the c.o.b. on 31 May. The longer it's up there, the more folks are likely to 'tune in'.
Videos also take some time to make. Even if, by some miracle, both publishers come back to me later today with the go-ahead John and I will barely have the video made before the end date.
To say I find this frustrating is an understatement. You know how much I love singing Kirsty's songs, and producing this video would have been just one more chance to promote them and even introduce them to new audiences. I'm really disappointed.
However ... I DID take the decision I mentioned with my rant - we made a video of me singing my OWN songs - no external permission needed to be sought!
So - if you can spare AU$5.00 plus AU$1.80 (booking fee - but it covers as many videos as you want to buy 'tickets' for, so maybe choose several!) [AU$6.80 is currently roughly US$4.50 or GBP3.60] to support a poor starving artist here in her lonely garret (well, maybe a slight exaggeration) then head to [adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/karen-s-songs-fringeview](adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/karen-s-songs-fringeview) - you can preview the video before buying, so if you don't like it don't pay! Go on, it was fun to make, it will be fun to watch! I'm just sorry it's not Kirsty songs. Maybe next year - I might have had the permissions through by then! :-) ... See MoreSee Less
Well, folks, I was going to bring you a smidgen of my Tribute to Kirsty MacColl show and I approached the holders of the copyright for the 5 songs I intended to include (me singing my covers of those ...
What are your thoughts on Kirsty's performance on this song. My mum is a massive Ian Dury fan and when I discovered earlier from one of the books that Kirsty did a somg of Ian's I had to hear it. I love both Ian and Kirsty singing the song, naturally of course more Ian in this case but Kirsty made the song her own, as if she wrote the song herself. Great job Kirsty. In great vocie as usual ... See MoreSee Less
I think I’ve a was was watched it ten times. Wish they release it on dvd. Spoiler alert you will shed a tear. I met jean and Louis years ago she came from and created good stock. All those future songs we w we re robbed of but how sad to lose a mother so young and a Daughter x
Thank you so much for posting this. Watched the whole thing. Missed it first time around. I've been going to the Kirstyfest since 2006 and never heard mention of this! One interesting fact I never knew she partly financed Tropical Brainstorm. Well worth a look if you've never seen this 🎶🎶😊💖
I have just watched it for the first time, what a lovely tribute. Also just stumbled across the tribute album with Alison Moyet, Eddi Reader, etc. And that was simply superb too.
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