Raging against the X-factor machine.
An internet campaign to see Rage Against the Machine’s classic song ‘Killing in the Name Of’ beat whoever wins this year’s X-factor to the Christmas Number 1 spot has gathered so much momentum that even Simon Cowell is looking a bit worried.
The X-Factor main man today branded the campaign ‘stupid’ and said it was ‘incredibly dismissive’ of the show’s audience.
He said: “”If there’s a campaign, and I think the campaign’s aimed directly at me, it’s stupid. Me having a No 1 record at Christmas is not going to change my life particularly.
“I think it’s quite a cynical campaign geared at me that is actually going to spoil the party for these three.”
However, that hasn’t stopped the Facebook group Rage Against the Machine for Christmas Number 1 attracting over 550,000 members since its launch at the start of the month, a figure that could well be enough to topple whoever wins the Cowell karaoke.
Last year’s number one from Alexandra Burke sold 576,000 copies but 2007 winner Leon Jackson did it with just 275,000 so if everyone in the Facebook group buys the single then the nation could be in for a very metal Christmas.
The campaign’s organisers Tracy and Jon Morter have said that it is not an attack at the X-Factor contestants, more a yearning for a return to the days when the Christmas number one was not predictable and not X-Factored as it is today (the TV show’s winner has claimed the festive spot every year since 2005).
If the campaign is successful, not only would it represent a resentment of the monotony of Cowell’s winners always being guaranteed the Christmas top-spot, it would also be a massive show of the power of social media when used in campaigns.
In addition to trying to beat the odds, the campaign – started by Tracy and Jon Morter – has also set up a page where people can donate money to the homeless charity Shelter - they’ve already raised over £4,000.
OK, that’s the impartial journalistic part over with…here on The Daily Dust, we fully back Tracy and Jon’s campaign and want our readers to follow our lead. So, click here to join the group, and then follow these instructions.
Wait until December 13 at the earliest before buying the song, otherwise it will not count towards the required chart week. Once the 13th hits, between then and the 19th, download Killing in the Name Of from any site that contributes to the UK chart such as iTunes, HMV, Virgin etc.
For those of you who really hate the X-Factor/want Rage to succeed, don’t buy the song more than three times otherwise it will be viewed as suspicious by the charts. Also, there are some complicated rules about following direct links to online shops making a download not eligible to chart, so probably safest if you head to the frontpage of a site such as iTunes yourself and find it from there.
Then, once you’ve got your download, turn it up and enjoy one of the best heavy rock songs ever, all while you head over to the campaign’s Justgiving page to donate a bit of money to Shelter.
Let’s take the power back and rage against the crap music machine!