Gothenburg-based couple Thomas and Hanna Mazzetti say they are trying to raise enough money to buy the “last Christmas” film rights to the Wham! Target? To turn the song off again, reports Express.
“It’s really about the fact that we can’t bear to hear the song that’s playing around the clock,” Thomas tells the paper.
At the time of writing, it was a fundraiser “No More Last Christmas” Received pledges of close to NOK 13 million from 1,294 donors. sale reads:
This year we’re raising $15 million [150 millioner kroner] To purchase the master tapes for “Last Christmas” by Wham! and dumped at a nuclear waste storage facility in northern Finland. Once that’s done, we move on to “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and “Santa Baby”! “
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Written and produced by George Michael, “Last Christmas” was first released just before Christmas 1984 and was an instant smash hit for Michael and his duet partner (and favorite “20 Questions to Answer”) Andrew Ridgeley.
The song topped the charts in a number of countries in 1984, and in the years since, it has consistently returned as a Christmas song. She held the record for the best-selling single for many years Not It topped the UK charts, with 1.9 million physical copies sold.
After 26 years, in 2020, it finally topped the UK Singles Chart after being streamed 9.2 million times in the last week of the year. At the time of writing, it’s No. 2.
Also on Norwegian radio it is almost impossible not to see the song, with a stunning clip “Last Christmas I gave you my heart / But the next day you gave it away / This year to save me from crying / I’ll give it to someone special”.
Many also allowed themselves to be tempted Exorbitant Alps Videowhere Michael – still in the closet – stares longingly at Ridgeley’s girlfriend, who had a fling with him last Christmas.
However, the Mazetti couple do not allow themselves to be swayed or seduced by song. Hannah says her hatred was born 13 years ago, when she worked in an Oxford coffee shop and heard the song countless times per shift, she tells Britain Daily Star.
The idea to purchase the rights was conceived last Christmas (!), and so far, the couple, according to themselves, have been in contact with hundreds of people who want to contribute to getting Last Christmas out of the streaming services.
– We immediately noticed that many were willing to pay a lot, Thomas tells Expressen.
But there is still a long way to go until the goal is reached. According to the Daily Star, the purchase of the song from rights holders Warner Chappell Music UK would cost NOK 250 million.
The Mazettis mention that they have received several responses from shocked people who believe the couple wants to spoil the Christmas cheer for people.
– It’s funny – people get very angry, while we consider it something funny, says Thomas.
The couple are also high profile activists. They have previously made a name for themselves “Teddybear Airdrop Minsk 2012”in which Thomas illegally flew a small plane into Belarusian airspace and released several hundred teddy bears laced with a pro-democracy message.
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