So, the official chart is out and the song that people have been buying in the aftermath of the death of Margaret Thatcher, has failed to make it to number one. As I said in my last post on this subject, it now takes very little to get into the single chart in the UK. ‘Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead’, from the film ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ made it to number two. But out of 60M+ people in the UK, only 52,605 people wasted 79p on the song.
People who bought it were people who didn’t like Margaret Thatcher much or didn’t like her political views. Presumably they also didn’t like the people who surrounded her, or supported her during her tenure as Prime Minister.
Apple, who take a 30% commission from iTunes downloads will have made £12,467.38 from it, but where does the rest go? Who owns the rights to the film and the song? Who gets the 70% of the money from the downloads? That’s £29,090.57.
Ironically, the rights to the film ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ and the song ‘Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead’ are owned by – Rupert Murdoch!