Why Donald Trump's United Kingdom trip is great news for Green Day

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The song's performance on the chart is largely down to a social media campaign launched to protest Trump's visit to the UK.

On Thursday, President Trump will touch down in London for a three-day-long visit ahead of his Helsinki summit with our other President.

"And it's sold 1.6 million copies, making it the 32nd best-selling single ever in the United Kingdom, ahead of hits like Britney Spears' ".Baby One More Time" and the Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love", according to Official Charts. The titular track on the band's 2004 rock opera resonated with a generation of eyeliner-wearing, anti-establishment punks while at the same time playing ad nauseam on auto radios in American suburbia, spending six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 100. So far, it seems to be working.

The Facebook campaign began in April and provided music fans specific dates on which to download and stream the East Bay punk band's song.

Back in 2008, a DJ, exhausted of singing competition winners clogging the charts at Christmas, began a Facebook campaign to get Rick Astley's 80s anthem "Never Gonna Give You Up" to No. 1.

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Conservative lawmaker Michael Fallon, an ally of May, dismissed Johnson's "Brexit dream" rallying cry. But senior pro-exit Cabinet ministers said they supported May and would not resign.

"The British people are looking forward to your much anticipated visit to our country this week and we extend a warm WELCOME!" wrote a Twitter user, retweeted by Trump early Tuesday.

Released in 2004, "American Idiot" is a punk rock song protesting U.S. involvement in the Iraq war. He'll meet Queen Elizabeth and huddle with British Prime Minister Theresa May but, in a break from custom for a visit by a foreign leader, he will not visit Downing Street.

The campaign only has a few more days left. Or in the air for that matter.

On part of the planned protests, there is also an inflatable Trump baby expected to soar over the capital city.

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