Every year since 2005 the current winner of The X Factor has nabbed the Christmas #1 single in the U.K. But that all came to a screeching halt last week when a Facebook campaign to get Rage Against The Machine’s 1992 single “Killing In The Name” to trump 2009 X Factor champ Joe McElderry’s “The Climb” proved victorious.
RATM ended up selling 502,000 downloads of their 17-year-old song, just over 50,000 more than McElderry’s Miley Cyrus cover, which was available in both digital and CD single format. “Killing In The Name” therefore nabbed the much sought after holiday #1 position on the chart Sunday.
But X Factor honcho Simon Cowell seems like a good sport about the whole thing, if not a tad aloof. He told the Daily Mirror that he’s “taken too much for granted” ever since the champs of his TV dog and pony act started easily landing their cover version ballads at the top of the chart each year: “I have got to hold my hands up. I accept there are people that don’t like The X Factor.”
He even congratulated Jon and Tracy Mortner, the slick masterminds of the Rage Against The Machine Facebook campaign.
“I am genuinely impressed by the campaign they have run,” says Cowell. “I offered them jobs at my record company. It could be in marketing or perhaps even running the company!
“This is their first attempt at putting out a record and they got a Christmas #1, so they have not done badly at all. I wanted them to come and work for us. I was deadly serious but they haven’t taken me up on the offer.”
Well, there is a reason these two campaigned against you, Simon.
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