TUBULAR BELLS FACEBOOK CAMPAIGN - THE STORY
On last weeks RPG show, Micky showcased "Tubular Bells" by The Children of Ireland that was recorded and produced by Tom Newman (the producer of the original 1973 album by Mike Oldfield) and Paul Brett. On the back of that show, Micky came up with the idea (based on the "Rage Against The Machine" campaign in 2009) of promoting the single with a Facebook campaign to try and hit the number 1 spot in the charts for Christmas, 2013. This way, UK TV show, The X-Factor would not continue to dominate the Christmas chart as it has done in previous years. Tom and Paul loved the idea and they agreed to have the page created and published on Facebook. Within 24 hours the response was amazing, gaining over 400 "likes".
The plan would be to get everyone to buy and download the track from the relevant online retailers, iTunes and Amazon being the main vendors, from Sunday the 15th of December, 2013 when the sales that week would count towards the official Christmas chart.
It's early days still and people continue to join the campaign. The aim is to make the campaign page go viral and the word is spreading. Tom and Paul have contacted all of their friends, colleagues and acquaintances to help get the page more awareness, and Radio Pure Gently would like you to do the same!
If you would like to help the cause, the Facebook page is:
https://www.facebook.com/tubularbellschildrenofirelandnumber1xmas2013 Just click the like button to join.
From the 15th of December, go to: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tubular-bells/id693023500?i=693023505 for iTunes and http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00ERU4TX8/ref=dm_dp_trk1 for Amazon to purchase the single and let's beat the X-Factor to the Christmas number one spot!
All proceeds from the sale of the single and the album will go towards continuing the development of the program with the schools and will be rolled out to other parts of the UK where Pink Floyd's "The Wall", The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and tracks by The Police will be re-created by the children.
Micky's interview with Tom Newman can be heard on the podcast and you can listen to it here: http://www.radiopuregently.com/content/rpg-podcast-31st-october-2013
Radio Pure Gently is extremely proud to be involved with this campaign.