Rage Against The Machine vs Simon Cowell

musicI love this story out of the UK.

A Simon Cowell act has topped the United Kingdom pop chart at Christmas four years in a row. X-Factor artist Joe McElderry's Christmas song "The Climb" was a virtual shoe-in to top the charts this year, which would give Cowell an impressive five year win streak.

A grass-roots campaign started on Facebook sought to make a statement by getting Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name" to the top of the UK chart this Christmas. "Killing in the Name" has that awesome line "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me."

Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello took note, joined the cause and pledged to donate all proceeds to charity.


I'm happy to report that "Killing in the Name" sold more than 500,000 copies this past week, while McElderry's song fell short of the top spot, with 450,000.


It is indeed the anarchy Christmas miracle of 2009!

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Sarah Davidson-Gurney

Great post - "All of which are American Dreams" hahah

December 23, 2009 @ 11:16 AM


The campaign was just as much, if not more, against the 'Christmas Number One' thing in the UK for the last top single before christmas. Mike, you should direct people to Alan Cross' 3-part article http://www.exploremusic.com/news/2009-12-21/The-Story-Behind-Rage-Against-the-Machines-Number-One-UK-Single-Part-1

December 23, 2009 @ 8:07 PM

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