All I want for Christmas is a decent Christmas Number One single.
The X Factor has a festive stranglehold over the charts with Simon Cowell’s manufactured mob bagging the last 4 Christmas Number One’s. Yet this year sees a protest against the dominance of such manufactured music. Hosted on the social networking site, Facebook, a group titled Rage Against the Machine for Christmas No.1 is campaigning to take the Christmas spot away from the eventual X Factor winner.
Last year saw similar groups rally for Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley's version of Hallejuah to beat Alexandra Burke's version to number one spot. These were spirited campaigns but in the end the manufactured pop princess held on to take the coveted Christmas No.1 spot by some margin; Alexandra Burke sold 576,000 and Jeff Buckley just 80,000.
But the past 12 months has seen Twitter continue its staggering growth and this might just be the tipping point as a growing army of people who want to celebrate authentic & genuine musical talent now have greater reach.
More people will be exposed to this campaign. More people will tell their friends. More people will buy the Rage Against the Machine single. And hopefully more people will have a better Christmas.
Pledge your support to 'Rage Against the Machine for Christmas No.1'
If you want to support this protest against manufactured music then become a fan of the Facebook group Rage Against the Machine for Christmas No.1 and purchase a
copy of Rage Against the Machine's ‘Killing In The Name’ between Sunday Dec 13th & Saturday Dec 19th.
At the time of writing over 163,000 have joined the Facebook Group & pledged their support for this campaign.
And here’s the interesting bit ...
William Hill’s Odds for Christmas Number One are as follows: 1/10 X Factor Winner, 16/1 Susan Boyle, 16/1 Leona Lewis, 16/1 Rage Against The Machine, 20/1 Vera Lynn, 25/1 Boyzone, 25/1 Cheryl Cole, 25/1 The Soildiers, 33/1 Michael Jackson, 33/1 Peter Kay …
So here are 3 simple steps for a better Christmas:
1: Put a £10 bet on at William Hill for Rage Against the Machine to be Christmas Number One.
2: Wait until Sunday Dec 13th then go to 7Digital, iTunes or Play.com and buy your copy of 'Killing In The Name' by Rage Against the Machine.
3: Tweet, Facebook, email, WOM or whatever….just go tell everyone you know to do the same.
Make yourself a little Christmas earner, with the added knowledge that you’ve done your bit for decent music. Remember piracy isn’t killing the industry, crap manufactured music is.