LIMERICK'S Rubberbandits are outselling X-Factor winner Matt Cardle "three or four to one" in HMV on Cruises Street, and have repeatedly sold out stocks of their single 'Horse Outside' in record stores across the country over the past number of days.
Massive download sales have also propelled the Limerick duo back to the top of the iTunes chart, with the 'Bandits hitting the biggest ever weekly sale for any download in Irish chart history last week with 15,000 sales.
The 'Bandits sold 5,000 physical copies of the single in a matter of hours after its release last Friday and have repeatedly sold out restocks of the single when it arrives.
"We can't keep it in stock, it has sold out as soon as we have got more in," said HMV Cruises Street boss Chris Keena. "It is outselling Matt Cardle by at least three or four to one, we just haven't had the stock available to supply the massive demand that is out there."
An industry spokesman for the London based company that compile the Irish charts told the Leader that rumours doing the rounds that six internet downloads were the equivalent to one physical CD sale were "completely false".
"One download equals one CD for ranking purposes. This has been the case ever since downloads were first included in the Irish Charts back in 2006," said the spokesperson, adding that the official Christmas chart will be announced on Friday, based on seven day sales, "up to and including Thursday".
Fans buying multiple copies of the single in one transaction will not make any impact on the chart position, it was revealed. 25,000 extra copies of the single were ordered to satisfy demand, with HMV in Limerick due to be restocked as of this Wednesday morning,
As the group hit 3.2 million views on You Tube for the video, Blind Boy Boat Club of the 'Bandits spoke to the Leader, urging Limerick to get behind their audacious attempt to secure the Christmas number one.
"We are fighting a commercial beast, we don't have the resources in place to be able to compete, so we need Limerick to support the underdog against a corrupt system," said Blind Boy.
"We are just two youngfellas from Limerick with hurley sticks taking on the British Army, as represented by Simon Cowell, Matt Cardle and Louis the traitor," he added.