It’s been a pretty wild 24 hours for Triple M, with the station announcing their intentions to hold an Australian music countdown on the now-vacant January 26 spot next year. Despite the high levels of criticism that the station has received, Triple M have now doubled down and released a statement in regards to their upcoming plans.

Following Triple M’s announcement of the ‘Ozzest 100’, which appears to be nothing more than a half-hearted attempt to fight back at the “hipsters or kids making music on a Mac”, they’ve been met with plenty of criticism.

While plenty of Twitter users were quick to share their opinion on the matter, A.B. Original spoke out just a matter of hours ago as they called for their fans to ruin Triple M’s “redneck countdown” by voting their song ‘January 26’ into the countdown.

Now, asĀ Music Feeds report, Triple M have issued a rather simplistic and underwhelming response to the controversy.

In a message sent to the publication, Mike Fitzpatrick, Triple M’s Head of Content, stated that “At Triple M we are avid supporters of Aussie music and like we do throughout the year and every Australia Day we will celebrate Aussie artists.”

So there you have it, it seems as though Triple M are sticking by their guns and plan to hold their own countdown on January 26th.

In theory though, we can’t blame them – they’re well within their right to support Australian music, as their track record clearly shows. However, the issue that many are taking with this whole debacle is more related to the perceived insensitivity shown by the fact that they have opportunistically chosen a date that has been a matter of debate for some time now.

Whatever the case, the station are at this stage set to hold their poll on January 26th next year. If you do intend to vote in Triple M’s ‘Ozzest 100’ countdown, you’ve got ten days to submit your votes.

Check out A.B. Original’s ‘January 26’: