Rage Against The Machine’s war against manufactured pop music has ended in victory after the band’s “Killing In The Name” won the highly coveted Christmas number one spot in the UK pop charts. True to their name, the band made a conscious effort to top “The Climb”, a Miley Cyrus cover by X Factor winner Joe McElderry, after four consecutive years of X Factor Christmas number ones. It’s kind of like the Grinch stealing Christmas but instead of a weird looking monster stealing Christmas presents it’s a weird looking guy with dreadlocks stealing Simon Cowell’s reason to live.
“Killing In The Name” was downloaded more than half a million times with assistance from a 900,000 strong Facebook group, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE FOR CHRISTMAS NO.1, and the prospect of a free UK show if Rage Against The Machine emerged victorious.
According to the Official Charts Company “Killing In The Name” also set two new records – the UK’s first download only Christmas Number One and the biggest one-week download sales total in British chart history.