Taylor Swift‘s ‘Shake It Off’ was disqualified from Australian radio station Triple J’s Hottest 100 chart after an online campaign by fans of the pop star backfired.
Triple J’s annual run down of the best songs of the year was announced earlier this week, with ‘Talk Is Cheap’ by Chet Faker being crowned the most popular song of 2014 by listeners. However, a viral campaign to get ‘Shake It Off’ to the top spot threatened to see that single come top instead, despite the fact that Triple J has never played the song.
This led to the station being forced to disqualify both Swift and her single. As BBC News reports, the campaign was originally started by Buzzfeed Australia’s Mark Di Stefano. The influence of the prominent hashtag #Tay4Hottest100 was ultimately thought to be too much of an influence.
Triple J said there were “a whole range of reasons” behind the decision with some listeners believing that ‘Shake It Off’ was too commercial for the alternative music station. Alt-J had three songs in the Hottest 100 top 30 while Peking Duk’s ‘High’ and ‘Cosby Sweater’ by Hilltop Hoods finished second and third respectively.
Earlier this month it was revealed that Taylor Swift is set to headline this summer’s Radio 1 Big Weekend in Norwich. Taylor Swift is also set to play the British Summer Time festival in London’s Hyde Park on June 27.
Meanwhile, a video of a US police officer singing along to Taylor Swift’s smash hit ‘Shake It Off’ recently went viral after Swift praised the clip online.