‘Fairytale of New York’ hits 1 million sales in the UK

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The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl’s ‘Fairytale of New York’ has sold over a million copies in UK, becoming the UK’s 126th million-selling single of all time.

Martin Talbot, Managing Director of the Official Charts Company, commented; “It is apt that in the year of its 25th anniversary, ‘Fairytale Of New York’ has entered into the pantheon of the UK’s all time favourite singles to become the latest million selling single in the history of the British charts. It has been a festive favourite ever since it was first released in 1987, so it is great that it can now claim this new honour.”

‘Fairytale of New York’ has re-entered the top 20 of the Official Christmas Singles chart every year for the past 8 years, and is regularly voted the top Christmas single of all time. The song is adored by the public and press alike, with The Observer dubbing it “a secular carol with a spiritual resonance (and) an impregnable slice of dirty realist redemption… Strangely, it’s something to believe in.”

The Pogues were presented with a trophy by their record label to mark the milestone.

The Pogues live at the O2

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The Pogues played a spectacular live show at London’s O2 Arena on 20 December – their only UK date as part of their 30th anniversary tour.

The band brought their inimitable riotous spirit to the gig, with a set list that took in favourites such as ‘Streams of Whiskey’ ‘A Pair of Brown Eyes’, Sally MacLennane’, ‘A Rainy Night in Soho’ and ‘The Irish Rover’ – plus of course the enduring favourite ‘Fairytale of New York’ as part of a second encore.

Live Magazine described the gig as “a forceful, yet endearing journey… delivered with infectious energy, the songs enveloped the crowd and commanded the venue”, concluding “this concert was one to remember”. The Evening Standard described how “The Pogues made this cavernous arena feel like a cosy Irish pub: ‘Dirty Old Town’ prompted a mass singalong, while ‘The Irish Rover’ had people dancing in the aisles.”

Shane MacGowan and Johnny Depp record ‘Leaving of Liverpool’

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Shane MacGowan has teamed up with Johnny Depp to record a version ‘Leaving of Liverpool’ – a sea chantey dating back to 1885.

The single is set to the be the first release from Hal Willner’s compilation album ‘Son Of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys’ – a follow up to his 2006 collection ‘Rogues Gallery’. Willner was inspired to create the albums after spending time with Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski on the set of ‘Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’.

Shame MacGowan provides the vocals for ‘Leaving of Liverpool’ “in a gruff sailors’ accent so authentic that it’s nearly incomprehensible” (Rolling Stone) – with Depp and Verbinski also featuring on the track.

‘Son Of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys’ also features Tom Waits, Keith Richards, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Patti Smith, Sean Lennon, Frank Zappa and others – it will be released on 19th February.