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JaKe reimagines that most famous festive chart battle for Singles Chart 60th

By | Published on Sunday 23 December 2012

Official Charts Company

Ahead of this year’s Christmas chart, due to be announced by the departing Reggie Yates on Radio 1 later today, the Official Charts Company has published a comic re-telling of the most famous Christmas number one battle of recent years as part of its ongoing ‘60 years of the singles chart‘ celebrations.

Graphic artist JaKe, perhaps best known for his work with The Mighty Boosh, has been commissioned by the OCC to create a number of comic strips under the name ‘Poporama’, with the first released today featuring a slightly revised retelling of that most festive of chart tales, the Christmas that Facebooked-up music fans raged against the ‘X’ machine.

Says OCC chief Martin Talbot: “The Official Singles Chart has been chronicling the music tastes of the great British public since 1952 – and ‘Poporama’ will provide a sideways glance on the history of pop music throughout those six decades”.

He continues: “Rather than being a straight history of the Official Singles Chart, it will provide a unique, irreverent, and at times hyper-real look at the music and pop stars which we have all lived through and loved in the past 60 years. Like all comic strips, it will also occasionally take liberties with reality, with tongue firmly in cheek. But, across all of the forthcoming strips, we’re sure that ‘Poporama’s subjects will enjoy the joke too and the spirit in which they are published”.

Read the first ‘Poporama’ strip below, or on the OCC website here.