Rage trounce McElderry in Xmas Chart throw-down

American band Rage Against the Machine have beaten X Factor winner Joe McElderry to the coveted Christmas No1 spot and subsequently pissed Simon Cowell off for about 5 minutes.

Rage’s Killing In The Name sold a staggering 500,000 singles to Joe’s 450,000 copies of Miley Cyrus hit “The Climb”. The Rage song entered the charts after a Facebook campaign set up by Jon and Tracey Morter to get the 1992 hit from the band to Number 1 sparked mass support from members of the public who were sick of the X Factor “processed” pop scaling the charts at Xmas. Celebrities including Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl backed the campaign….but the No1 slot was in the bag when Steve Brookstein got behind the rockers.

Frontman Zach De La Rocha told Scott Mills: “We’re great, we’re very very ecstatic and excited about the song reaching the Number One spot and I just want to say we want to thank everyone for participating in this incredible, organic grass roots campaign.

(Organic grassroots campaign? It’s the effing UK Top 40, but OK…)

He continued: “It’s more about the spontaneous action taken by young people in the UK to topple this very sterile pop monopoly. When young people decide to take action they can make what’s seemingly impossible, possible.”

The band pledged to donate a portion of their profits to Shelter, a UK homeless charity and give a free performance in the UK in 2010.

Personally, I was hoping for Gaga to beat ’em both and take the spoils, but congratulations to both artists – and of course to Shelter and Jon and Tracey Morter. And to Sony – they must have shekels pouring out their ears tonight.

Who knows – maybe next year Joe and Rage could team up for a collaboration. That’d f****g sell for sure.


~ by patsystone on December 21, 2009.

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