Eminem enjoys unlikely chart boost after 22 years thanks to bumbling politician’s General Election campaign

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Eminem’s hit single Without Me reappeared in the UK top 40 last week after Nigel Farage made it his Reform UK campaign anthem.

Without Me peaked at number one in the charts when it first came out in 2002.

Now 22 years later it has made another resurgence after Reform UK leader and notorious Brexiteer Nigel, 60, used the tune to play himself onto stage at a rally in Blackpool.

In the clip, the controversial figurehead is seen slightly off-beat clapping and shaking hands with members of the cheering crowd. He then awkwardly starts speaking the well-known lyrics ‘Guess who’s back, back again.’ while pointing to the audience.

Although he doesn’t make a specific reference to Eminem, the musical introduction was enough to push the comeback song to number 37 in the Official Singles Chart from the week of June 14 to June 20.

Ironically, the American rapper also topped the charts the same week with his latest single Houdini.

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Nigel made a speech in Blackpool after taking over as leader of Reform UK (Picture: Getty)

And Eminem got caught up in the mix (Picture: AP)

The 600-strong crowd listened to Nigel’s speech at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool where he discussed the recent betting allegations within the Conservative Party.

The British politician’s return to UK politics is just as much of a surprise as the Eminem hit implies. Just last month the populist ruled out a return as leader of right-wing political party Reform UK before making a drastic U-turn.

He launched his campaign at the beginning of June to be elected MP of Clacton-on-Sea during the July 4 General Election.

The former Ukip leader was at the forefront of the successful Brexit campaign in 2016 and has been criticised for his divisive views throughout his career.

Most recently, Succession star Brian Cox said that he found him ‘slightly fascist’ while on live TV.

Nigel Farage appeared in I’m A Celeb only last year (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Last year, Nigel joined the lineup for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here where he finished in third place after public voting.

His Eminem soundtrack is not the only chaotic musical moment the general public has been subject to since the upcoming election was called.

During Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s speech in May the sound of Tony Blair’s 1997 election anthem Things Can Only Get Better drowned him out, leaving many people amused.

Current polls predict a comfortable victory for Keir Starmer’s Labour party.

The jury is still out on whether Reform UK, previously helmed byRichard Tice, will secure any seats. In March 2024 former Conservative MP Lee Anderson defected to Reform UK.

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