Campaign to top the Easter Chart with Christian Rock
An online campaign to have a Christian number one at Easter has gained over 60,000 followers on social networking site Facebook. Nottingham minister and entrepreneur Alistair Kent is co-ordinating a campaign to get the single ‘History Maker’ by Christian rockers Delirious? to the top of the UK charts this Sunday. The track has already made it to number six in the midweek sales chart, which gives an indication of likely positions when the Top 40 is announced on Sunday.
Alistair says: “Easter for many in this day and age is about bunnies, egg hunts and a school
break. But it’s the message of Christ dying for the sins of mankind and his resurrection from
the grave that people need to hear. And what better way to get this message across than
through the medium of music and the airplay that a number one chart position brings.
Although a chart-topping single for Delirious? is a wonderful goodbye gift to them from the
fans and the wider church in the UK, it’s much more than that. It’s about a message of hope
passing through the airwaves across a seemingly hopeless land.”
The campaign was inspired by Rage Against The Machine's success in 2009. The rock band topped the Christmas charts after a drive to prevent an X Factor number one. The band's single, ‘Killing In The Name’, sold 500,000 downloads beating X Factor winner Joe McElderry's ‘The Climb’ by 50,000 copies to clinch the top spot.
Like Rage Against the Machine, Christian band Delirious? previously enjoyed chart success, with ten UK chart entries. They were one of the UK's most popular Christian music bands prior to announcing in 2009 that, after 17 years together, they were going their separate ways.