Thursday, 17 December 2009
Race for Christmas No.1 – Too Close to Call
The race for Christmas No 1 between Joe McElderry’s ‘The Climb’ and Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Killing in the Name Of’ is ‘too close to call’ and has become ‘the most intense chart battle of the last 25 years’, says a chart expert.
In any other year Joe McElderry would have been assured of a Christmas number 1, but it does not look as if that is certain to happen in 2009, even although he was selling as many singles as past X Factor winners.
Unfortunately for McElderry, his much deserved win of the X Factor has coincided with an internet campaign against the X Factor single going to number 1 this year.
‘Killing in the Name Of’ has been doing so well due to a Facebook group who are targeting Simon Cowell and what they call his manufactured music.
Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine has announced that all profits from this re-release will go to charity in order to help aspiring young musicians.
He also denied that he has anything personally against Simon Cowell or McElderry, though he considered the way in which that kind of music is promoted is a spoof.
Earlier this morning frontman Zach De La Rocha and the band played the song, including the swear-filled chorus, live on UK radio.
Simon Cowell has slammed the campaign, calling it "stupid", "cynical" and "very Scrooge".