Jeremy Corbyn hopes Wolf Alice, who released their album Visions Of A Life on Friday, beat Shania Twain to the top spot.
His above tweet has seen excitable reception so far from Twitter users who have labelled Corbyn’s tweet “iconic” and “so indie”. Wolf Alice were indeed "helpful" with Labour, active campaigners in the election, and urged people to get involved in voting. Their influencecertainly had an impact on the increase in young people voting labour, an effective move that has destablised the Tories ever since.
The band are regular faces at demonstrations in London, fighting austerity-driven politicians at any given opportunity.
Corbyn's tweet should help put more fuel in their motor as it's been neck-and-neck with Shania proving stiff comeptition with her first album in 15 years.
But, as it stands, the band, who were nominated for a Mercury Prize with their debut, are leading the race - just. They sliped behind by 1400 copies last night but have pulled back today.
This acceleration was helped by drummer Joel Amey when he recalled childhood line-dancing torment at hands of country megastar in heart-wrenching cry for help on Facebook.
Amey highlighted the extent to which he endured pain and humiliation at the rhinestoned hands of the Queen of Country Pop.
"When I was in year four, one of our teachers (Mrs Bond) used to take us for compulsory line dancing lessons every week," declared Amey in a gut wrenching stream-of-consciousness status update. ‘My poor, fat, nine-year-old self had to dance back and forth to an endless loop of 'Man, I Fee Like A Woman' while cursing the name of Shania Twain.’
The 24 year-old sticksman then appears to strike a more conciliatory tone, before again rounding on the multi-platinum Canadian chanteuse, comparing her to no less than a Stephen King monster:
‘Time passes and memories fade. By lo! 15 years later, like a country star makeover of “It”, she has returned from her slumber to take on the real life Loosers Club [sic] Wolf Alan from taking the top spot. Together we can put an end to this madness.’
Amy rounds off his gut-wrenching cri de coeur with an emotive plea for, if not commercial dominance, at least the respect to which he feels his life’s work is due:
‘If you don’t have a copy of Visions Of A Life and fancy picking one up this week then I’d love you forever – not actually ’cause of being number one but because I’m very proud of what we’ve made, I really like it and would love it if you did too.’
Fans of Shania Twain – the biggest selling female artist in country music history – were predictably disgruntled by this outburst, but ever-the-conciliator Amey clarified "she is obviously a legend everyone be chill #visionsofalegend’.
Wolf Alice are touring from next month:
08 – Bristol, 02 Academy
09 – Manchester, 02 Apollo
11 – Glasgow, Barrowlands
13 – Newcastle, 02 Academy
15 – Nottingham, Rock City
16 – Birmingham, 02 Academy
17 – Norwich, UEA
18 – Leeds, 02 Academy
20 – Brighton, Dome
21 – Southampton, 02 Guildhall
24 – London, Alexandra Palace
27 – Belfast, Ulster Hall
28 – Dublin, Olympia