Dave Gee: Entertainment Now: Fat Cowboy a Top 10 hit, but Chart Controversy
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The Fat Cowboy scored a Top Ten entry first week in the UK charts with his debut single Do Dat Diddly Ding Dang, but a chart controversy has seen those sales wiped from the records.

Its understood the initial release of the UK singles charts for the week ending December 3rd 2006 placed The Fat Cowboy's novelty song as a new entry at #7. However, the single was then suddenly deleted by the chart company just one hour before radio announced the weekly charts, making Do Dat Diddly Ding Dang ineligible for a placing.

Chart commentators apparently received the new UK chart as per normal around 1pm on Sunday afternoon (with the usual 7pm embargo). However, an amended version of the singles chart was rushed out shortly before 6pm, with some other new entries promoted to better positions (apparently the first time in over a decade an amended chart has been issued).

The physical CD single release of Do Dat Diddly Ding Dang was limited to internet retailers like Amazon UK and a small number of stores, mainly Asda supermarkets which Max C visited during a promotional tour this week. The digital download was available from 7Digital and Wippit, but wasn't added to itunes.co.uk until very late in the week (and is now on itunes.com as well).

Max C / The Fat Cowboy is now trying to get to the bottom of all this. The major record companies are obviously worried about this new digital era, and keen to keep smaller players out for as long as possible. The single was released through small independent record label Better the Devil (Mike Stock/Bob Patmore).

The chart company claim to have identified cases where people bought multiple copies of the single (some as gifts), and are classing that as chart-rigging. Its also possible that a number of pre-orders made through the 7Digital site over the last month were somehow delayed until after the charts closed for the week.

The Fat Cowboy's single Do Dat Diddly Ding Dang was even listed as a long-shot candidate for the UK's prestigious Christmas Number One. The dance-country track was originally written by Max C for Swedish group Rednex, who recently made a comeback through the magic of Eurovision.