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Press Release: World Cup England “Chant” Sells 1 Million Copies!

April 1, 2010

*** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***

London — With this years World Cup in South Africa only two months away and no official song from the England squad this year, the music scene has been awash with a record number of unofficial songs to encourage our national team this year. Even some celebrities have hopped onboard, with Rik Mayal’s “Noble England” probably the most notable. 

What’s surprising this year, with England playing so well in the ‘friendlies’, is how well the underdog independent labels are doing with their songs. “Be The Best” by the Toyz have done extremely well by giving away 10,000 copies of their song with a new football game. Best of all – and most incredibly – a little-known London band, the Laddz, have shocked not only the British music industry, but have extremely strong sales around the world, topping the one million sales mark yesterday with their catchy and popular, “Chant Like an English Fan!”

Based on the tune to the amazing Bangles 80s hit, “Walk Like an Egyptian” (written by Liam Sternberg) but with amusing football-based lyrics (written by Richard Eyre and Anthony Donnelly) their debut track has taken the industry and the football world totally by storm.

“We couldn’t belive the news,” says Eyre. “When I got the call last night, I didn’t know what to say. We had an idea that the song would catch on, because it’s all a bit of fun really, but we had no idea!” Having missed out back in 2006, when the writing duo first put together the track, because of bad timing and other unrelated incidents, this is certainly an epic moment for the pair.

“Since we’d already put in the work on the track, this year we decided to just have some fun with it this time round,” states Donnelly, adding, “That’s probably why we also decided to see if this April Fool’s Day stunt would work…”

GOTCHA…!

Or did we? Thanks for taking this in good humour, and cheers for all the continued support. Keep following us on Twitter @theladdz and on Myspace http://myspace.com/theladdz

You can also still vote for our song here: http://www.footballandmusic.co.uk/a-song-for-england-round-4/

Who knows, perhaps we might sell a few copies when it actually goes on download May 14th…!

“Oi ref, sort it out…!”

March 25, 2010

Well, it’s not long now until Fabio Capello announces the official squad for the 2010 England team, and only 77 days until the kickoff for the first match against the US. The tension is already mounting, and it’s brilliant that we’ve had so much attention for our catchy, little number “Chant like an English fan” this time around. BUT… more important than all of that in deciding England’s fate this year is the question…

“Will we be fortunate enough to have unbiased referees this year?”

In time-honoured World Cup tradition, we are bound to get stiffed with at least a French or Italian ref for at least one game, so fans, get your spare spectacles ready to throw at the pitch!

Just to help you along and vent your frustration at blatant knobbling by jealous foreign refs that can’t stand to lose fair and square, and you feel like screaming at them in their own language JUST-SO-THEY-UNDER-STAND here are the French, Italian, and German translations of “Oi, ref… ARE YOU BLIND…?”

German: “Hey, Schiedsrichter, bist Du Blind?”

French: “Hé, l’arbitre, n’est-ce pas aveugle ?”

Italian: “Ehi, l’arbitro, lei è cieco?”

77 days to go, get yer “Chant” on, and remember to always “Chant like an English fan!”

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The Laddz World Cup Video Competition

March 10, 2010

It’s World Cup 2010 South African-style in a little over three months, and the footie madness has already begun! Ain’t it brilliant?! We’re loving all the activity so far this year, there’s a great vibe out there, a lot of contenders in the ‘unofficial’ England song marketplace.

Writing a successful World Cup song for England is no easy feat, as those that have tried will tell you. Well, when we first released “Chant Like an English Fan” back in 2006 (a little too late, so it turned out!) we didn’t have that much time to get our video done. Below you can see what we produced:

This year, we’ve decided to turn it over to our fans, followers, and those that just love to mess around with this kind of thing. We know you’re a creative bunch, and we want YOU to create a World Cup 2010 video to accompany our song this year. Be as creative as you like, and put it up on our YouTube site (as per the link above.)

We’ll be looking in often to see what you come up with… no particular deadline or rules right now, just have some fun with it, and try to keep it ‘internet’ tasteful and in keeping with the beautiful game (no smut, please!!!)

As to prizes… well, let’s just say, if you come up with something that really surprises us and we like it that much, we’ve got some surprises of our own for you…! Intrigued enough to give it a try?

Go on, you deserve to give it a try…!

“Chant Like An English Fan” Crowned King By The England Megastore

March 8, 2010

Flying the flag at the England Megastore

We are very excited to announce, even though the World Cup kickoff isn’t for many months yet, that our early promotional work to put our song for the England squad contender out there into the marketplace has already started to have massive effect.

The latest piece of exciting news is that the England Megastore, your one-stop-shop for everything a true England fan could ever dream of,  has crowned “Chant Like an English Fan” their King of World Cup England songs for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

“We’re extremely excited about this early attention,” beams Richard Eyre, co-writer of the track. “In 2006, when we first launched the band, we were slow out the gate and the majors elbowed us out of the way a lot.” It didn’t stop their catchy little number getting some attention though; Channel Four, BBC, and Virgin, to name just a few.

“This year we really wanted to make a big splash,” adds Donnelly, the other half of this lyricist duet. “We were told we were starting too early with our promotion, but we’re basing our success on the results we’re getting this year.”

Along with some early airplay on BBC Lancashire, and an upcoming debut at Old Trafford during half-time at the Man Utd v Fulham match, this recognition from the England Megastore (also known simply as the England Football Shop) is a great foot on the ladder to even more promotion and publicity later on in the year.

A very big thank you goes out to the England Megastore for their chosing our track, and we wish them a prosperous World Cup football sales season, as we all band together and support England to a hopeful second win.

If anybody else would love to chose “Chant” as their favourite England supporters’ song this year, we’d love to hear from you!

World Cup Song Marketing Plan/ Volenteers Needed

February 26, 2010

Once again, a BIG shout-out and thank you to all our fans and supporters this year. You are all doing a totally fantastic job “chanting” on England and getting our little England supporters’ track, Chant Like an English Fan!” a lot of airplay and exposure.

In order to make it even easier for anybody to help plug our track and lend a hand (the more the merrier, please!) this year, on this page we’ve just outlined a few things you can do to pitch in that are pretty simple to do.

TASK LIST CHALLENGES:

  1. Friend with us on MySpace: http://myspace.com/theladdz and ask ALL your friends to friend with us too.
  2. Put us in your Top Friends on MySpace.
  3. Upload our song to your MySpace page.
  4. Follow us on http://twitter.com/theladdz and help us by retweeting our tweets
  5. Reciprocal links – we love these, promote us on your site and we’ll ditto on ours!
  6. Promote us on Facebook
  7. Blog about us and our song

More pro-active stuff below…

  1. Phone and email your local radio station and ask them to play our song, “Chant Like an English Fan!” by The Laddz.

Just to make it super easy, here’s some text that you can cut and paste into your email, and below that is a link to all the UK media outlets you’ll ever need:

Hi there!

There’s no ‘official’ World Cup song for England this year, but we’ve just heard “Chant Like an English Fan” by The Laddz and think it’s fab. Please can you play this when you get the chance to help get us in the mood for some great football this year!

Come on England…!

(That gives you an idea, anyway!) Here’s the URL for the email addresses and phone numers: http://www.mediauk.com/radio/

Once again, thanks to you all for helping make our song a big success and helping Chant England to their SECOND WIN… Come on England, let’s bring the Cup back home where it belongs…!

World Cup Song on the Radio

February 24, 2010

Great news! and a big thank you to all of your for your support… “Chant Like an English Fan!” is now starting to get some excellent early radio play…!

You will be able to hear it this week on:

Venture Radio, John Peters’ Show 18.00 GMT, and

Sean McGinty, Presenter BBC Introducing & Social Media Producer

listen online

Please continue to phone and email your local radio station to ask to hear them play it. With your support, we can really get the word out there about our catchy World Cup England song, and help Chant England on to success this year.

And, please continue to follow us on @theladdz

hear the track still Myspace

Top 10 England World Cup Songs

February 21, 2010

Remember this…?

http://top40.about.com/od/top10lists/tp/worldcuppop.htm

We made it to #7 back in 2006, I wonder if we’ll get ranked higher this year? Here’s the full list of the Top 10:

1. Embrace – World at Your Feet
2. Sham 69 & the Special Assembly – Hurry Up England
3. Ricky – We Are England
4. Dead Poets Society – England My England
5. Crazy Frog – We Are the Champions
6. New Order – World In Motion
7. The Laddz – Chant Like and English Fan
8. Tone Def All Stars – Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Jurgen Klinsmann?
9. Tony Christie – (Is This the Way to) The World Cup
10. John Leyton – Hi Ho Come on England

I wonder who’s going to be in the running this year? Either way, England looks well placed to score a smash hit with the fans and put on a great show… not long to wait now.

We hope you enjoy our song in the meantime, and keep coming back to hear news about free giveaways and our official release date when you can finally own your own copy of our track.