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    Battle for UK christmas number 1

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    Battle for UK christmas number 1

    Post by Steph on Wed Dec 16, 2009 11:49 am

    In my first December in this job, 2005, I wrote a piece about the contenders for the Christmas number one. Even then I was aware it was probably a pointless exercise as that year's X Factor winner, Shayne Ward, was odds-on favourite.

    Sure enough, Shayne's timeless classic, That's My Goal, romped home in first place.

    By the time the following December had rolled around, everyone knew the game was up. The race for Christmas number one, once an integral part of the festive season for music fans, had become a one-horse affair.

    I didn't even bother writing a piece that year, or indeed any subsequent one. Until now.

    As you may have heard, things have suddenly become interesting again. The first rumblings of discontent manifested themselves last year when, perhaps more in protest at the choice of X Factor winner's song than its inevitable hijacking of the Christmas number one, an internet campaign got Jeff Buckley's definitive cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah to number two behind Alexandra Burke's version.

    While that effort merely nipped at the ankles of the X Factor monopoly, it's looking increasingly possible that it could be dealt a humiliating bloody nose this year. According to reports, Rage Against The Machine's classic hard-rock protest anthem Killing In The Name (complete with shouted refrain "F*** you, I won't do what you tell me") is outselling Joe McElderry's single this week thanks to a Facebook group started by husband and wife John and Tracy Morter.

    X Factor supremo Cowell has responded by calling the campaign "stupid" and "cynical", which isn't likely to change anyone's mind about which of the two they're backing.

    McElderry's sales figures are expected to benefit hugely from its CD release on Wednesday though, so the Christmas number one could well be back in Cowell's trophy cabinet come Sunday after all. According to Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot: "This is shaping up to be a very exciting battle between two different records which have captured the nation's imagination. But, although Rage Against The Machine have started off in front, according to our initial sales estimates, there is no doubt that this tussle is far from over."

    Whatever the outcome, at least it will have been a genuine race this year, and for that at least we should all be grateful.
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    Re: Battle for UK christmas number 1

    Post by Smooth Criminal on Thu Dec 17, 2009 4:32 am

    Interesting.... i was reading a piece on google news yesterday just forgot to post it so i'll do that now...

    X Factor winner Joe McElderry's Christmas number one bid has been hijacked again by Rage Against The Machine fans with a YouTube video mashup



    The official X Factor video for the charity single You Are Not Alone has been doctored to make it appear as if the contestants, including Joe McElderry, Olly Murs, Stacey Solomon and Jedward, are singing the RATM song Killing In The Name.

    The same has been done to footage of Susan Boyle on stage at the Britain's Got Talent auditions, and even Simon Cowell appears to sing the RATM lyrics.

    It ends with the message: "Rage Against The Machine - Christmas No 1 2009."

    Cowell is already furious about the internet campaign to keep Joe McElderry's The Climb off the Christmas number one spot by encouraging people to download Killing In The Name, a rock track originally released in 1992.

    He called the campaign to prevent him from having his fifth consecutive Christmas chart-topper "stupid" and "cynical".

    RATM led the race on download sales, shifting 175,000 copies to McElderry's 110,000.

    McElderry is expected to leap ahead on the strength of CD sales - the single went into shops on Wednesday - but Ladbrokes installed RATM as favourite to top the chart.

    Spokesman Nick Weinberg said: "Joe's loss of favouritism is a landmark moment in Christmas number one betting. It was inconceivable just a few days ago, but the gamble on Rage Against The Machine has taken us completely by surprise."
    They repeatedly chant the chorus: "---- you, I won't do what you tell me."


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    Re: Battle for UK christmas number 1

    Post by Steph on Thu Dec 17, 2009 1:46 pm

    i for one hope they do it, i like RATM and it would be nice to see the x-factor single not make it to number 1...but we will see!
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    Re: Battle for UK christmas number 1

    Post by Steph on Sun Dec 20, 2009 12:19 pm

    and the uk christmas number 1 is.......



    yes RATM has stopped the x-factors hold on the UK christmas chart!
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    Re: Battle for UK christmas number 1

    Post by Smooth Criminal on Mon Dec 21, 2009 1:54 am

    Lol - im glad in a way.


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