Rage Against The Machine top UK singles chart
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Rock band Rage Against The Machine have beaten Joe McElderry to become the UK's official Christmas number one, following one of the biggest battles in the history of the UK Singles Chart. Their song Killing in the Name pushed the X Factor winner's new single The Climb into second place.
A Facebook campaign backing the American band aimed to stop an X Factor winner reaching the Christmas number one spot once again. Artists from the TV talent show, owned by music mogul Simon Cowell, have taken the festive top spot for four years in a row. The group attracted over 900,000 members and widespread press attention, after it was started by Jon and Tracy Morter.
"Are you getting fed up about the possibility of ANOTHER X-Factor Christmas No.1? ...us too...so we're going to do something about it!," they said on the group's Facebook page. They decided to back "Killing In The Name", first released in 1992.
Cowell had previously branded the campaign "cynical", but on Saturday contacted the Morters to congratulate them on making a "very exciting race for the Christmas number one". The campaign has also raised over £69,000 for homeless charity Shelter.
Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello had backed the campaign on Twitter. He announced that the band would play a free victory gig in the UK if they reached number one.
The result was announced on BBC Radio 1's chart show this evening by Scott Mills. McElderry had been due to appear on the show, but did not arrive.
- "Rage Against the Machine beat X Factor winner in charts" — BBC News Online, December 20, 2009
- "McElderry waiting chart verdict" — The Press Association, December 20, 2009
- "Xmas No1 battle puts Rage Against the Machine ahead of X Factor star" — The Times, December 15, 2009