Protesters are getting 'American Idiot' into the charts ahead of Trump's visit

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Green Day's 2004 hit "American Idiot" is enjoying a resurgence on the pop charts in the UK ahead of the visit of controversial American president Donald Trump to the island kingdom. While American Idiot has crept up to number one on the UK Amazon sales chart and cracked the iTunes Top 10, the 1996 England anthem is now expected to hold it from the official top spot.

The group's Facebook campaign to get the hit back into the charts before Trump's visit, which begins late Thursday, has pushed the song to number 18, "less than 4,000 copies away from a top-10 placing", the Official UK Charts Company said in its latest listing.

Green Day's Grammy-nominated hit "American Idiot" is now working itself back into the top of the British music charts - 14 years after its initial release.

The Twitter account, is encouraging fans to download and stream the song ahead of 12 July to ensure it is number one on the day.

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President Donald Trump loved seeing American Idiot, the Green Day Broadway musical, on its opening night in 2010, calling it "an incredible theatrical experience!" on Twitter.

The campaign to take "American Idiot" to No. 1 this week faces tough competition.

Representatives for the Official Charts and Green Day didn't immediately return INSIDER's request for comment. The last one I remember was in 2008, when a campaign to make a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" number one the week of Christmas resulted in three versions of the song landing in the top 40 (including the numbers one and two slots).

Trump had reportedly asked British Prime Minister Theresa May to guarantee there would be no protests during his visit. Tim Kaine of Virginia, who referenced the rumor that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo planned to give North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un a CD of Elton John's "Rocket Man".

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