42% of World population could have listened to Christmas canticle. PRS for Music, the organisation that collects royalties on behalf of composers and songwriters, today reveals that over forty-seven countries worldwide have listened to Sladeâ€™s â€˜Merry Xmas Everybodyâ€™, this year.
The figures show that up to three billion people, forty-two percent of the Worldâ€™s population, could have heard the all time Christmas-classic.
Commenting on the future of potential Christmas songs, Neville â€˜Noddyâ€™ Holder, vocalist and guitarist of Slade, stated: â€œLetâ€™s have some good up tempo and lifting the spirits type Xmas songs. Most songwriters tend to concentrate on the sadder approach. No more melancholy â€˜tis the season to be jolly jolly! No more Bah Humbug! So says Santa Holderâ€.
Ellis Rich, chairman of PRS, commented: â€œSongwriters aiming to produce a top Christmas track need to be able to relate and curb the feeling of the nation at that time. Those songs which have stood the test of time, such as Sladeâ€™s â€˜Merry Xmas Everybodyâ€™, were built on a foundation to sum up the festive and cheerful season. Whilst the song lives on to tantalise offices, workplaces and playgrounds everywhere, it will go on to live alongside the great effigies of the Christmas spritâ€.