Official Charts Company confirms Ode to Joy set to appear in Top 40 this week

Pro-EU campaigners marching on Westminster. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)

Pro-EU campaigners marching on Westminster. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP) - Credit: AFP via Getty Images

The Official Charts Company has revealed that EU anthem Ode To Joy will chart this week.

Pro-Europeans have been buying a live version of Dutch composer Andre Rieu's version of the song, which is accompanied by the Johann Strauss Orchestra.

It has now topped the downloads chart on both Amazon and iTunes, just ahead of a rival pro-Brexit song from 'comedian' Dominic Frisby entitled '17 Million Fuck-Offs'.

The Official Charts Company, which counts both download sales and physical copy sales, have now added the numbers together and work out that as of Tuesday it was just 1,200 copies away from entering the Top 40.

This was before the song jumped to the top of the iTunes chart - meaning the song is likely to now make the Top 40.

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Campaigners are hoping that it will force the radio chart show to play out the song, with one campaigner claiming: "The Brexiteers can have their bells. We'll have the airwaves".

The BBC declined to comment on whether it would play the song out on Radio 1 in the chart show.

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A spokesperson said: "The Official Chart show is a historical and factual account of what the British public have been listening to, and we make decisions about which songs are played when the final chart positions are clear."

- Ode To Joy (Final Movement From Symphony No.9, Op.125 / Live) is available on Amazon for 99p, Google Play for 99p and iTunes for 99p.

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